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Review: TP-LINK TL-WR702N Travel Router

The TP-LINK TL-WR702N Universal N Nano Travel Router/Wi-Fi Range Extender/TV, Gaming Set-top Adapter is small, compact and is full of features. At £16.99 it’s cheap for what it is, making it a good value for money product.

In the box you get the router itself, a micro USB cable, an Ethernet cable, a USB a mains adapter and instructions. Unfortunately you do have to run power to the unit at all times as there is no internal battery. It also comes in 3 different colours.

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The 3 different available colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unboxing. I did repackaged it to take the pictures, so the all the cables are not tied up or in plastic bags.

With 5 different modes for just about everything. These modes are:

  1. AP
  2. Router
  3. Client
  4. Repeater
  5. Bridge

Whilst I mainly use the AP and Bridge mode the fact there are other modes if I need them.. The dimensions are 57mm X 18mm which makes it a compact device. As far as IO goes there is not much but a LAN/WAN port (use is determined by the mode you have it set in), a micro USB port for power as well as a reset button.

The web interface is clean and easy to use with clear annotations explaining what all the different modes do. Allowing anyone to set it up into the correct mode they need (even the less computer literate people in society can use it). They are also called out on the box. Which I think is a neat feature.

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The web interface. On the right explaining the different modes.

When at home I use the AP mode, this allows me to use an Ethernet cable from my existing router then, broadcast a new SSID with a new password. I chose to use set it up like this as I wanted to see which SSID I was connected to.

When visiting family I also use the bridge mode. This is because of where I tend to sleep. For example when I stop at my grandparents I always sleep in the caravan and it is only in the garden but the walls of the caravan block/drastically reduces the WiFi signal and the only way to get a connection is to hold your phone to window which is annoying when you’re trying to use your phone in bed.

That’s where TP-LINK TL-WR702N Universal N Nano Travel Router comes in. I just simply connected it to their existing WiFi, give it a different SSID and password then prop it in the window and I’m connected again. I’m also glad to say that the speeds are not hugely affected. Whilst the speeds are slowed down a little but you can still watch 1080P videos with rare accessions of buffering but not very often over all it holds a solid speed.

In conclusion the TP-LINK TL-WR702N Universal N Nano Travel Router/Wi-Fi Range Extender/TV, Gaming Set-top Adapter is a compact pocket sized router that is full features and at £16.99 it is reasonably priced with the only complaint being that it doesn’t have an internal battery, whereas other products at very similar prices do have one.

TP-LINK TL-WR702N Travel Router

£16.99
8.5

Perfomance

9.0/10

Features

7.0/10

Usability

9.0/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Compact
  • Full of features
  • Variety of colour

Cons

  • Has no internal battery
  • Can sometimes become slightly warm to the touch

About Chris Wallace

Techie, Gamer, Biker

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