NetGear WGR101 54 Mbps Cable/DSL Wireless Travel Router
Manufacturer: NetGear Part number: WGR101NA
- 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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- Reviewed by: Xiao Ming Wu
- Edited by: Allen Fear
- Reviewed on: 09/23/2004
- Released on: 07/28/2004
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.
Great for the price (used)
by notryt on January 11, 2010
Pros: Get the latest firmware on it (1009?) fixes 75% of the problems. As an access point.. set your computers manually to match the routers ssid and ip. wep for security. single user doesnt work . wepping makes it private.
Cons: out of the box withj old firmware has several minor issues. Upgrading to the newest firmware makes it very reliable. multiuser mode is the only mode that i know of that is not flaky.
Summary: setting it up manually (router and computers)and using multiuser mode with wepkey (for privacy) this works just as well as any of the other travel routers out there. spend ...
Summary: setting it up manually (router and computers)and using multiuser mode with wepkey (for privacy) this works just as well as any of the other travel routers out there. spend more if you wish. but unless you want, need 802.11n this will work for you. btw actual range in the city about 100ft indoors and about 200-250ft outdoors (ch11)as far as getting hot, yes very warm, all travel routers get very warm.. so its not an issue just with this device they all heat up.
Updated on Jan 11, 2010
Small but deadly
by deadlyfalcon89 on June 13, 2007
Pros: Tiny size, HUGE range, easy setup
Cons: Security and bandwidth could be better
Summary: I bought two of these to surreptitiously provide wireless access to my high school. Setup was a breeze, with a wireless-accessible GUI that is easy to use. While it doesn'...
Summary: I bought two of these to surreptitiously provide wireless access to my high school. Setup was a breeze, with a wireless-accessible GUI that is easy to use. While it doesn't provide the same security and encryption that other routers might, it was quick to set up and between just two routers, I was able to cover about an acre of range, sufficient for my entire school. They've never crashed or been problematic for me, and I've had ten friends connected at the same time.
In terms of bandwidth, it's nowhere near the 110 mbps I get at home, but it's plenty fast for checking email and chatting online.
In short, if you want a nearly bug-free router for travel or even home applications that's quick and easy to set up, offering medium-level security, this is it.
Small but deadly
by mobybit on September 23, 2006
Pros: Small, shiny, nice carrying case.
Cons: Complicated setup options, gets hot during use
Summary: WGR101 has a slider switch on the side to choose amongst four different setup and operating modes. Figuring out which mode and switch position your need is not easy. You ...
Summary: WGR101 has a slider switch on the side to choose amongst four different setup and operating modes. Figuring out which mode and switch position your need is not easy. You have to carry around the user manual or a cheat sheet to remember how to set the switch.
WGR101 gets quite hot to the touch during use.
My WGR101 died after about 12 uses. No switch setting or reset has been able to revive it so that you can get to the GUI admin screen.
I have wasted way more hours on trying to figure this thing out than it is worth.
Great Portable Router - Pleasantly Surprised
by vester_72 on December 9, 2005
Pros: Small, easy set-up, WPA security (with firmware upgrade)
Cons: Adapter could be smaller/integrated (see Apple)
Summary: Got a great deal on this so jumped on it - was nto sure what to expect, but it is a great travel router. Very small, nice carrying case (a ...
Summary: Got a great deal on this so jumped on it - was nto sure what to expect, but it is a great travel router. Very small, nice carrying case (a little bigger than my Plantronics headset case) and easy to set-up. Downside is I had to download a firmware update to enable WPA security, btu it took about 5 minutes and works great.
Netgear needs to improve on the quick/easy set-up guide - that does not include security settings. I had to read through the user guide to figure out how to login to the router to update settings and the firmware.
not an access point
by mtn_lion on May 4, 2005
Pros: easy config, works ok as a router
Cons: can't be a wireless access point
Summary: I just want to make it clear that unlike other devices of its kind, this device will not pass DHCP through it, so it can't be used as an ...
Summary: I just want to make it clear that unlike other devices of its kind, this device will not pass DHCP through it, so it can't be used as an access point. Router only. Which, whatever its other benefits, makes it distinctly less versatile than its competition.
by Greg Johnson on April 4, 2005
Pros: Small Size, easy to pack
Cons: Must have wifi equiped pc
Summary: I like the product. It's small enough to toss in my briefcase. I've used it a couple of times in demos to "move" a ethernet connection so I ...
Summary: I like the product. It's small enough to toss in my briefcase. I've used it a couple of times in demos to "move" a ethernet connection so I could put my laptop near me when I was speaking
Works great on the road or at home.
Pros: WPA-PSK (firmware upgrade), MAC address filtering, won't broadcast SSID. Set-up interface page is full of features. I like the fact that the signal signature is smaller than bigger routers. Just make sure you do the firmware upgrade to get all the enhance
Cons: Couldn't get the single user mode to work with WPA. Single user mode would only work when I didn't use any encryption. Probably user error. lol
great little product
Pros: easy to setup, reliable, works intutively, as you would expect
Cons: haven't found one so far
Easy to use, VPN wouldn't connect in multi-user mode
Pros: Fast and easy basic setup for single user mode. Was able to get my VPN through and connect securely when in single user mode. Compact and travels well
Cons: Could not get VPN to work in multi-user mode, either with one or two users trying to do VPN. Had to reset router twice after it flaked out and just stopped connecting.
Worth the money. Very Handy.
Pros: Small, lightweight fully functioning router, not just a WAP. Easy setup. Bridges other networks without changing anything on the router each time. I am a self-employed network engineer and go from office to office every day. I was using the ASUS WL-330
Cons: This sucker gets HOT! I think when it gets real hot, it starts acting a little "flakey". Webpages take much longer to come up. Has happened in several offices so far.
- Manufacturer: NetGear
- Part number: WGR101NA
- Description: Untethered wireless connectivity in your hotel room can be critical to your productivity (and sanity) as a mobile professional. Conference or hotel rooms with only one Ethernet port are no longer a problem because now you can bring convenient wireless networking with you. NETGEAR's 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router is lightweight and compact, and it provides both single and multiple users wireless access without any need for a direct cable connection to the network. Expertly designed and protected with Double Firewall security, this portable high-speed travel router is your best insurance for wireless access wherever you go. NETGEAR's 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router turns your hotel room into a hotspot so as you travel you can count on peace, privacy, and wireless connectivity while you work. No larger than a deck of cards, the travel router is compact and convenient to carry while traveling, with an internal antenna so there's nothing to bend or break during packing. It comes with a small-scale power adapter and an attractive carrying case with extra compartments for other essentials. Delivering up to 5x the speed of 802.11b networks, the 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router creates a wireless network from an Internet connection in a hotel room or conference room. Works with both 802.11g and 802.11b devices. External switch lets you select between single user, multiple user, and configuration mode. In single user mode, next door guests cannot access your wireless network. Multi user mode allows more than one person to simultaneously share one Internet connection. Complete security with Double Firewall Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Network Address Translation (NAT) protects against malicious hackers. Supports IPSec and PPTP pass-through for Virtual Private Network (VPN) and 64- or 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption for maximum security, plus wireless SSID broadcast on/off capability as an added safeguard.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless router
- Enclosure Type Desktop
- Compatible Slots None
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
- Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
- Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
- Network / Transport Protocol PPTP ,
- Encryption Algorithm 128-bit WEP,
- Authentication Method Radio Service Set ID (SSID)
- Features VPN passthrough ,
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) ,
DHCP support ,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g , FCC Part 15 C,
IEEE 802.11b , FCC Part 15 B
- Status Indicators Port status,
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces 1 x Ethernet - RJ-45
- Expansion Slots None
- Networking type Wireless router
- Networking standards [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] IEEE 802.11g ,
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Cables (Details) 1 x Network cable
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000,
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition,
Microsoft Windows XP,
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year,
Limited warranty - Power supply - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 2.3 in
- Depth 3.4 in
- Height 0.7 in
- Weight 2.8 oz
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
- CNET Labs long-range tests (in Mbps) 10.4
- CNET Labs maximum throughput tests (at 10 feet, in Mbps) 20.2
- CNET Labs maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and draft N, MIMO clients (at 10 feet, in Mbps) 13.6