Honey, did you eat my TP-Link mobile router?

TP-Link showed off at CES 2012 what it claims to be the tiniest Wireless-N router in the world, the 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router (model TL-WR702N).

What could be the tiniest Wireless-N router in the world.
What could be the tiniest Wireless-N router in the world. Dong Ngo/CNET

LAS VEGAS--You'd better not leave this among the candies, at the risk of swallowing it.

TP-Link showed off at CES 2012 what is arguably the tiniest Wireless-N router yet, called the 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router (model TL-WR702N). This router is about just the size of a square of white chocolate and looks like one, too.

Despite the tiny size, the TL-WR702N offers all you need for a robust mobile Wireless-N network.
Despite its tiny size, the TL-WR702N offers all you need for a robust mobile Wireless-N network. Dong Ngo/CNET

The router is less than 2.5 inch per side, and less than 0.75 inch deep. Like a smartphone, it uses a tiny Micro-USB port for charging, either via a computer's USB port of a computer or an external charger.

The router has one Ethernet port for connecting to an Internet source, such as a modem or a wired connector at a hotel; after that it offers an instant Wi-Fi network with the top wireless speed of 150Mbps.

Other than working as a router, the TL-WR702N can also be set to work as an access point, a wireless repeater, or a bridge that helps join one Ethernet-ready device to an existing Wi-Fi network.

TP-Link says the 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router will be available for purchase in the second quarter of the year at an estimated price of just around $40.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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