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Belkin Wireless Dual-Band Travel Router $9 MS 3000 Digital Media Wired KB $9 at Harvey Norman

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Very good price for the keyboard, over $20 on staticice and couldn't find anywhere cheaper.

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Belkin Wireless Dual-Band Travel Router

Updated to put the router first

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  • +3 votes

    I reckon if I bought one more ozbargain-listed cheap keyboard (but I do have quite a few computers to look after, I'm pretty sure God would kill a kitten. I really don't need one, but I've never had one like this before!

    EDIT - Changed my mind and bought one anyway - hope all your kittens are okay!

    • +17 votes

      Still waiting for the close bracket)

      • +1 vote

        (I love trolling.

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    great price on the travel router but I really don't need one as have a similar device which offers more capabilities

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    The travel router is around the $90 mark elsewhere. Great price in my opinion.
    I got one, although I already have a (Chinese-language) TP-link travel router (which is not dual-band).
    At 1/10th of the normal price, I have no choice but to buy.

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    Was about to buy the travel router, but it doesn't have a LAN pass-through like a lot of the other travel routers. I think I'd rather pay the extra for that feature.

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      What so important with LAN pass-through for a travel router?

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        yep, if you need to plug in just jack right into the wall?

        • +1 vote

          just jack right into the wall

          Finally someone understands!

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          What if you want to connect both your laptop (through LAN) and a couple phone and pads (WIFI)?

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          why would you want to do this? laptops have wifi

          there's a lack of space on these small routers

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          That is what I think and asking why? I don't think you will take a desktop to travel, right?

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          Yeah I know, but some person may want to use the Ethernet for better game latency. Just saying it's not a totally useless function.

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          There are still any number of motels out there that only have ethernet… Sad but true.

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    Bought two at Belrose they still have around 10, just enough for me going overseas later.

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    Pardon my ignorance. I've never used one and never figured out how a wireless router works. So, I have a wifi only tablet. Does the router work as a bridge by using my phone's 3G mobile data?

    • +3 votes

      No. You don't need this device to connect to your mobile's 3G data through your tablet. Your mobile phone can simply tether to your tablet wirelessly. What this device does is connect to an ethernet cable (the kind you find in hotels for example) and share that connection wirelessly. So you won't need to be retricted to using the Internet only from devices that have ethernet ports (laptops, MacBooks etc).

      What you're thinking of is a 3G Wireless Router. That router will have a USB port that can take a 3G/4G modem and share that connection with multiple devices. But nowadays you get providers like Optus, Telstra and iiNet already providing devices that, out of the box, allow you to share the 3G/4G connection wirelessly instead of being USB-only.

      EDIT: Great deal, OP. I'll try to pick one up in store. I was going to get the TP-Link WR702N which is sold for around 25 bucks but this is much cheaper.

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        Thanks ragflan. So, you still need a modem you can connect the router to?

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          Yes. You need something to give it Internet access. You were asking if you could use your mobile phone for the Internet. With this router, that's not possible. To be more correct, you don't need any router to share your phone's 3G data with another device. Almost any Android/iOS device released in the last 2-3 years has the ability to tether wirelessly without requiring any networking devices in between. Meaning you can share your mobile's 3G directly with a tablet or laptop wirelessly without requiring a router in between.

          This router by itself is of no use except for maybe local networks. It cannot give you Internet access by itself. The only way it can be used for Internet is by plugging a cable into it. A cable that's attached to a modem or to another router/switch that can provide a connection to a modem. Hope that clears it up.

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    Is portable WI-Fi router is just like a Wi-Fi router in smaller size? Anyhow bought one to see.

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      Yes but you can only connect to it by wifi no ethernet.

      Smaller size, USB powered or power adapter.

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    Great! $9 for a wifi router? Just bought one! Thanks OP!

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    Bought one. Thanks.

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    Bought one, thank you : )

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    Yet another thing [the router] I didn't need…. and had to buy…. thanks, OP.

    • +1 vote

      You should also buy the keyboard :P

  • +1 vote

    Got the travel router, but I honestly can't see myself getting much use out if it even though I travel a lot — in over 100 nights in hotels over the past two years, I can only think of two occasions where I've had to use an ethernet connection because of slow or unusable wi-fi.

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      I can only think of two occasions where I've had to use an ethernet connection because of slow or unusable wi-fi.

      This is a wifi router no ethernet connection, you have to connect it to the hotel ethernet connection to provide wifi to your mobile, iPad, laptop, etc .

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        He means in most 100 nights, the WIFI (supplied by the hotel) were sufficient for him, so no need to bring an AP with him.

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          I think if the hotel provide in room wifi they should not have ethernet at the same time, right? If they only provide ethernet you will need this router. Any hotel provide both at the same time in room?

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          @mily Yup, that's what I meant! The only contexts I can see myself using a travel router is if 1) the hotel wi-fi is inadequate forcing me to create my own wireless AP by hooking this up to the room's ethernet port, or 2) the hotel wi-fi has a ridiculously low device limit.

          I don't encounter too many hotels with problematic wi-fi nowadays (even in developing countries), so this will probably be of limited use to me. Still a good deal at this price, and handy to have. :)

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          @superforever

          I think if the hotel provide in room wifi they should not have ethernet at the same time, right? If they only provide ethernet you will need this router. Any hotel provide both at the same time in room?

          Nearly all the hotels I've stayed in recently had both wi-fi and ethernet available in the room, but a handful of them only had wi-fi. I haven't encountered a hotel in years where only ethernet was available (I think the last time was in 2005!).

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          You people obviously haven't travelled through China… While travelling the silk road in 2012. None of the hotels I stayed at had wifi in the room. Some had wifi in the lobby. Most had ethernet to the rooms. Mind you I wasn't staying 5 star… (Don't get me started in Chinese hotel star ratings…)

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    would the regularly half price 'telstra 3g wifi usb router' combined with a '$30 down to $10 sim card' be more reliable and cost effective than this router and a hotel internet connection ?

    • +1 vote

      We are talking about overseas.

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    Pay 10 more and get the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 from Officeworks.

    Although I do see stuff on eGlobal cheaper - any experiences??

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      TGG also selling the Desktop 800 at $19 at the time of this reply :)

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    Why people buying things that they probably don't need, maybe the price is too good to pass :)

    Seriously, this router is more ideal for people who travel very frequently.

    Keyboard is cheap.

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    Itspot had the dlink dir-506 wireless cloud router for 6.95 the other day. I think they still have other pocket routers.

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      Plus postage.

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    Currently trying to clear a few keyboard and routers out, but I still feel I should buy at least one of each.

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    Missed the router on OzB because it should have been a separate deal IMHO.
    However, saw it on Buckscoop and scored one.
    • Great deal •

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    Anyone recommend a travel router with an Ethernet port?

    Would rather have the option than not when traveling.

    It would need to support about 5 devices on Wi-Fi.

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    Picked one of these up today… they were marked as $99.95, so $90 off.. I don't really need one, but useful having a small ethernet -> wifi adapter available. Couldn't ignore for such a cheap price!

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    Still looking for an AIO unit with:

    1) Gigabit ethernet port
    2) Dual band 2.4Ghz/5Ghz AP/Bridge/Exten./Client func. (802.11n 300Mbps)
    3) 3G/4G (Built-in SIM slot; no ext. dongle)
    4) Powerbank
    5) USB host (share storage, NAS)
    6) Battery, USB or AC powered

    So basically a cross between a MiFi & portable WiFi router.

    So far the ones avail. atm on eBay have any combination of ^^, but not all the features (I'm dreaming, I know…).

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      YOu should just grab one of the WD gigabit routers from MSY when they are on sale. Last time some were $19.

      1) Gigabit ethernet port
      2) Dual band 2.4Ghz/5Ghz AP/Bridge/Exten./Client func. (802.11n 300Mbps)
      5) USB host (share storage, NAS)
      6) AC powered

      4 of your 6 points isnt bad!

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    We have a damaged/slow/old WiFi router at my private study room at Uni, would I be able to unplug the Ethernet cable from the existing router and plug it into this travel router? Would that work?

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      This unit doesn't have an RJ-45 ethernet port.

      You would need something like these:
      http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=po...

      Or you can get a full sized router. Depends if you move it around or not.

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        This unit doesn't have an RJ-45 ethernet port.

        This one comes with RJ45 as the WAN port I think he means unplug the existing Ethernet cable which provided Internet and plug into this travel router.

        If that is what he means, yes he can and he can connect his devices by wifi.

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    Just picked mine up from Greensborough HN :) ordered this arvo and got the email to pick it up at 4:33pm.. rush down there and got in as they were closing the shutter doors, phew!

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      Hmm I purchased mine yesterday for pickup, paid with PayPal and got the original email saying they'll let me know when it's ready to be picked up, but still nothing.

      If I don't hear from them by Monday think I'll just cancel it. Have no real need for it anyway :-P

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    Thanks OP, bought the last one from local JB HiFi for $9.00.
    Can I get this connected to my old modem and use it for every day work?

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    Campbelltown had none on the shelves, but I had 4 staff looking for them.

    Ended up being kept out the back ready to be shipped back.

    Anyways, 9 left there this afternoon.

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    Would this work as a second cheap wifi router at home? My current wifi is over the 16 client limit (big fam).

    Would this work as a secondary for the kids?

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      Should be OK even you will double Net it but for Internet access should be fine.

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    From the description on the product page:

    Access Wi-Fi while you're on-the-go thanks to the Belkin Wireless Dual-Band Travel Router! If offers you plenty of flexibility by simultaneously enabling multiple devices to access the Internet without needing to rely on wired Ethernet connections of slow bandwidth.

    Say what? Since when is wireless ever preferable to Ethernet when speed and bandwidth are the issues? And slow bandwidth what the hell Harvey? Take a network basics course already.

  • -1 vote

    Sold out :(

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      a negger!

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    Router in stock in Launceston

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    thanks op

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    Can this act as a wifi repeater? I.e. Connect to an existing connection via wifi and extend the range?

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      I think it cannot it needs a ethernet WAN connection.

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    Goto Deal Link doesnt work anymore. Sorry page appears.

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    Did anyone get a notice to pickup yet?

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      I did a little while ago, went in there though then was told they had none and it was on backorder.

      Useless.

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        i got the notice a week later

        by that time i lost interest