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Tested: 6 new travel routers that can deploy a secure Wi-Fi network almost anywhere

At a Glance

The Asus WL-330NUL is amazingly small, but that attribute doesn't make up for its flaws and slow performance.

Price when rated: $47 (street price)

Pros

  • Incredibly small
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor range
  • Slow TCP throughput
Asus WL-330NUL travel router
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At a Glance

Exchangeable power tips make the TEW-714TRU is a good choice for world travelers, but its performance leaves much to be desired.

Price when rated: $40 (street price)

Pros

  • Multiple power tips for near-worldwide compatibility
  • Two USB ports: One for file sharing, a second for device charging

Cons

  • Slow TCP throughput
  • Very slow file-transfer speed
  • Doesn’t support cellular USB modems
Trendnet TEW-714tru travel router
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At a Glance

If you like fiddling with knobs (in software, that is), the TP-Link TL-WR710N gives you plenty to do. It has a solid feature set, but its performance lags the offerings from D-Link and Netgear. It's also very inexpensive.

Price when rated: $30 (street price)

Pros

  • Versatile operational modes
  • Dual Ethernet ports
  • USB port for file sharing, media streaming, or device charging

Cons

  • Much slower than the D-Link DIR-510L and Netgear Trek
  • Doesn’t support cellular USB modems
  • No WPS button
TP-Link TL-WR710N travel router
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At a Glance

This mighty-mite would be even more powerful if it supported just a couple more features, but it’s a compelling value nonetheless.

Price when rated: $35 (Street price)

Pros

  • Very compact form factor
  • Can operate on battery power
  • Supports cellular USB modems

Cons

  • Supports 3G modems
  • No support for sharing USB storage
  • Doesn’t support WPS, even in software
TP-Link TL-MR3040 travel router
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At a Glance

The Netgear Trek is extremely versatile and it delivers great range, but it operates only on the 2.4GHz frequency band and it doesn't support cellular USB modems.

Price when rated: $35 (street price)

Pros

  • High TCP throughput, especially at long range
  • Dual Ethernet ports
  • Can also operate as a Wi-Fi range extender bridge

Cons

  • Limited to 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n
  • No support for cellular USB modems
  • No DLNA media server
Netgear Trek travel router
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At a Glance

The D-Link DIR-510L is the best travel router we’ve tested, but its features and performance will cost you.

Price when rated: $100

Pros

  • Very high TCP throughput
  • Battery-power option
  • USB port supports storage or a 3G/4G/LTE modem

Cons

  • Slow TCP throughput at long range
  • Very expensive
D-Link DIR510L travel router
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