NetGear WGR101 54 Mbps Cable/DSL Wireless Travel Router review: NetGear WGR101 54 Mbps Cable/DSL Wireless Travel Router

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
  • Design and ease of use: 7.0
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The Good Fast; simple setup; handy carrying case.

The Bad Lacks WPA security; poor support package.

The Bottom Line The WGR101 has a couple of nice touches you won't find in other travel routers. Unfortunately, it's neither as elegantly designed nor as full featured as Apple's more expensive AirPort Express.

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Netgear WGR101 travel router

Most hotel rooms have broadband nowadays, but unfortunately, many still don't have Wi-Fi. The Netgear WGR101 travel router lets you turn a hotel broadband connection into a wireless Internet connection for your laptop. Although the WGR101 includes a couple of nice touches you won't find in other travel routers, it's neither as elegantly designed nor as full featured as Apple's more expensive AirPort Express . If you're a penny-pincher, you should also consider Asus's 802.11b WL-330 , which is slower than the Netgear WGR101 but also less expensive.

The Netgear WGR101 is about the size of a PDA. It comes with a black-vinyl carrying case that's roughly twice the size of the travel router itself and big enough to carry the WGR101, the unit's power adapter, and a short Ethernet cable. In contrast, the AirPort Express has its power adapter built into the unit, making it a sleeker travel companion.

Basic setup for the WGR101 is a breeze. Power it up, snap in the Ethernet cable connected to your modem or router, and catch a radio wave. A printed quick-installation guide walks you through the process, in case you prefer a visual guide.

A switch on the side of the WGR101 allows you to toggle the device between single and multiuser modes. This helps you prevent others from tapping into your wireless connection but gives you the ability to allow others to access the connection, which can come in handy if you want to share a file or an Internet connection with a business associate in a nearby room. The switch also has a third setting that puts the router into a mode that lets you configure security and network settings for the WGR101, and there's a fourth setting that is unassigned. That's one setting too many, and the fact that the settings are marked only with nondescript numbers (1 to 4), makes the switch on the WGR101 unnecessarily confusing. When you choose the unassigned setting, the router behaves as if it is in multiuser mode.

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NetGear WGR101 54 Mbps Cable/DSL Wireless Travel Router

Part Number: WGR101NA Released: Jul 28, 2004
MSRP: $96.00 Low Price: $28.79 See all prices

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  • Release date Jul 28, 2004
  • Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Weight 2.8 oz