By Alexandra Burlacu email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 17, 2013 09:35 AM EST
ASUS has touted the "world's smallest fully featured wireless router," the WL-330NUL Pocket Router - an accessory the size of an USB flash drive.
While plenty of Wi-Fi routers are currently available on the market, ASUS' offering is small enough to fit in a pocket and take the Internet for a ride. The accessory can also draw power from a fold-away USB, which means consumers can use it with a laptop on the go, without having to carry a separate power cable.
"The ASUS WL-330NUL Pocket Router is the world's smallest fully featured wireless router designed to make getting online via Wi-Fi as easy as possible when far away from a home or office network," touts the company. "Barely larger than a USB flash drive and weighing just 25g, the WL-330NUL Pocket Router features a single Ethernet port for connection to a wired network and built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for extending a wireless network."
As the company further explains, users can power the accessory from a USB port or by plugging it directly into a main socket. The WL-330NUL Pocket Router creates its own secure wireless hotspot, so users can easily share a wired or wireless connection with several wireless devices. Moreover, the Pocket Router can also serve as a USB Ethernet adapter for notebooks or Ultrabooks that don't have a built-in Ethernet port.
ASUS' new Pocket router will become available in February 2013, and is expected to cost roughly $29. The company is yet to provide any details regarding the kind of range this tiny router offers. It likely will not provide the strongest signal a router has ever provided, but at $29 it's not exactly a huge investment either.
Overall, The ASUS WL-330NUL Pocket Router is small, multi-functional, accessible, and it seems like a convenient solution to get Internet access when necessary. It may not be the best routers out there, but it could be a useful tool for people who travel extensively and want to connect multiple laptops, tablets, smartphones, or other devices to their hotel Internet connections. One thing's for sure, Internet access has to be easier with a pocket-sized router one can easily carry around.