TP-Link TL-WR710N Mini Pocket Router

In­stant Wi-Fi & More

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // CHONG JINN WEI

With the ad­vance­ment of tech­nol­ogy to­day, it is hard to imag­ine a time when we could live with­out the In­ter­net. Each pass­ing month sees a gamut of tech­nolo­gies be­ing de­vel­oped and uti­lized to con­nect peo­ple with each other more eas­ily. This month, we take a look at a de­vice from a man­u­fac­turer who’s an old hand in the cir­cle of both, wire­less and Eth­er­net de­vices, TP-Link’s TLWR710N Mini Pocket Router.

The TL-WR710N is an ex­tremely com­pact de­vice that is de­signed for easy stor­age. This makes it highly ideal for users that con­stantly travel over­seas and re­quire a flex­i­ble Wi-Fi con­nec­tion. As with all TP-Link prod­ucts, this one has the same stream­lined de­sign that most of their mo­bile prod­ucts have. The en­tire ex­te­rior fea­tures a sleek, white el­e­gant slate that is be­trayed only by a light in­di­ca­tor and re­mov­able wall plug at­tach­ment. The bot­tom of the WR710N man­ages to neatly house two Eth­er­net ports, a USB 2.0 port and a re­set but­ton.

With the TL-WR710N, users can choose to op­er­ate the prod­uct in five par­tic­u­lar ways. First is its de­fault Wire­less Router Mode, which cre­ates an in­stant pri­vate wire­less net­work for mul­ti­ple WiFi de­vices. This is great if you are in a ho­tel room with only a sin­gle ca­ble con­nec­tion. The de­vice can also be used in its Client Mode, that is highly use­ful for wired-only ma­chines like game con­soles, al­low­ing them to in­ter­act with your ex­ist­ing Wi-Fi net­work.

With the TL-WR710N, it is pos­si­ble give your of­fice or house a wider Wi-Fi cov­er­age. The ma­chine’s Re­peater and Ac­cess Point modes en­able users to ex­tend a Wi-Fi sig­nal to cover hard to reach places; or cre­ate a wire­less net­work for Wi-Fi de­vices, re­spec­tively. In ad­di­tion, the TL-WR710N can also use its WISP Client Router Mode, that al­lows for si­mul­ta­ne­ous wire­less ISP ac­cess and shar­ing.

Set­ting up an in­stant wire­less con­nec­tion with the TL-WR710N is also sur­pris­ingly easy. Af­ter plug­ging in the TL-WR710N to a wall socket, sim­ply open up your com­puter or note­book to search for the de­vice’s sig­nal and en­ter its pass­word to in­stantly con­nect on­line. De­spite hav­ing mul­ti­ple modes, the box comes with a highly use­ful in­stal­la­tion guide that helps guide users in set­ting up the TL-WR710N in its re­spec­tive modes.

In ad­di­tion to all its sep­a­rate modes, users can use its USB 2.0 port for a va­ri­ety of pur­poses. For in­stance you can use it to sim­ply recharge your smart­phone or tablet; or you can share files and me­dia within a lo­cal net­work amongst your dif­fer­ent con­nected ma­chines. For se­cu­rity pur­poses, the TL-WR710N also uses pre-en­cryp­tion to pre­vent unau­tho­rized ac­cess from out­siders.

At the end of the day, the TPLink TL-WR710N is a great lit­tle de­vice for those who ei­ther travel a lot or need a way to con­nect their de­vices to a net­work. Though it may look sim­ple, the TL-WR710N is filled to the brim with use­ful fea­tures that make it a great de­vice for trav­el­ers or home users.

TP-Link has done a ter­rific job to fit in all nec­es­sary ports

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