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GL.iNet White GL-AR150 Mini Router $27.12 + Delivery ($0 with Prime/ $39 Spend) @ GL.iNet via Amazon AU


Maybe some of your are travelling or maybe getting ready (there's heaps more uses as well)

I'm actually on holidays and travelling interstate tomorrow. Happy days :)

The GL-AR150 supports full OpenWRT, multiple modes and the USB 5V 1A power input gives you heaps of options to power (from notebook, phone charger, powerbank) for remote applications.

Check previous posts for usage cases, questions etc

MINI TRAVEL ROUTER: Convert a public network(wired/wireless) to a private Wi-Fi for secure surfing. Tethering, 3G/4G USB Modem Compatible. Powered by any laptop USB, power banks or 5V DC adapters (sold separately). 39g (1.41 Oz) only and pocket friendly.
OPEN SOURCE & PROGRAMMABLE: OpenWrt pre-installed, DDWrt supported. USB disk and WebCam extendable.
OPENVPN CLIENT & TOR: OpenVPN client pre-installed, compatible with 20+ VPN service providers. TOR firmware available for downloading.
LARGER STORAGE & EXTENSIBILITY: 64MB RAM, 16MB Flash ROM, dual Ethernet ports, UART and 2.54mm standard GPIOs available for hardware DIY.
PACKAGE CONTENTS: GL-AR150 mini router (1-year Warranty), USB cable, User Manual.

I'm (loosely) associated with Gl.Inet so take what I say with a grain of salt but here's the use cases that I found that got me associated with Gl.Inet In the first place.

  1. Home
    *I don't want to VPN my entire network or my family would not be happy. I have a Gl.inet travel router between my television/notebook and my main router running a US VPN (that can be turned on and off via a physical switch) so I can get US Netflix
    *I have used them as small, cheap, power efficient WiFi extenders to deadspots in the house
    *USB tether your smartphone
    *Connect a USB 4G dongle

  2. Travel
    *I normally travel with around 3 devices ( phone, tablet, notebook), it's a pain in the *&se to have to connect all three devices to the free hotel WiFi (as well as a security risk). All three of my devices are attached to the WiFi LAN produced by my travel router. When I reach a hotel I just connect my travel router once to the hotel WiFi and my devices attach to the travel router WiFi without doing anything. Move hotels, just reattach the travel router.
    *Because my devices are now on a different subnet, I have some level of protection from the open public WiFi
    *For extra protection I can run a VPN on my travel router and all my devices attached are VPNed
    *I take a Chromecast with me when I travel. Because there's no ability to get to a captive portal with a Chromecast which some hotels have, I just attach my Chromecast to my travel router WiFi
    *If the hotel restricts the number of devices you can attach to their public WiFi, using the travel router only presents ONE device attached and all the rest of my devices just attach to the travel router.
    *I'm overseas and want to use Iview/SBS/Netflix to watch a geoblocked website to get my local content. Turn on my VPN and away I go.
    *Extends out point 2. I have my family with me each with at least 2 devices, again I don't have to do anything to their devices as they just attach to the travel router automatically and once we move hotels again, just attach the travel router and don't have to do any tech support
    *I have a shared USB/Microsd card with movies, music on that everyone can access via the travel router
    *Travelling with friends I give them access to the microsd so they can dump their photos onto the shared SD card both for backup and to share pictures
    Hope this helps :)

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  • Cashback with Cashback or Shoprewards

    False advertising. Computer category is 0%.

    • Wow, not many rebates on any of the catagories.
      The traps of cut and pasting.
      My bad sorry. Will remove.

  • +1

    Hows this different to the mango router? (apart from the colour)

    • +2

      Built on Atheros chip rather than Mediatek. In the Mango they use Mediatek proprietary WiFi drivers for stability and performance and the Open Sources drivers aren't as reliable. Not a problem if you use the Mango "as is". The AR150 uses Open Source out of the box as the drivers are much better. Therefore it's a better unit if you want to say run native OpenWRT on it. From a development point of view too, the AR150 is much better because of it's open source drivers. More flexible and you can even download firmware to turn your Mango into a Pineapple :p

      Lower wattage draw too = longer performance on powerbank, doesn't suck as much power from your notebook.

      Other one only 150Mbps Wifi

  • +2

    Props to OP for detailed post!

  • Thanks for the guide on usage. I just ordered "shadow" since it is black and it is 300mbps.

  • Got the mango. Fantastic little device for the money. Would buy again.

  • Thanks mate. Bought one. Been looking for something like this for a while. Cheap enough to test as a use case.

  • Been happy with my Mango for years! Travelled the world with it, taming hotel wifi and Ethernet ports to make them useful on my laptop/phone/Android TV.

    Currently serving as a WireGuard gateway to my home network, again working great.

  • Nice deal, Nice product, Nice OP. Overall very nice!

  • +1 for detailed description

  • So is this better than the Mango for just regular use? I'm not fussed about OpenWRT and hacking firmware etc.
    Curious as I just bought a Mango last week and this is cheaper.

    • +1

      As a bog standard device just using the Gl.Inet firmware then the Mango is probably a better device for you. The Mango is a little bit more powerful processor wise and if you use a VPN, then it can result in better speeds (Wireguard/OpenVPN 45/11 vs 35/7) .

  • Wireless N 2.4GHz only, so probably won't get great wireless performance in congested areas (e.g. high rise hotel rooms). But if you can overlook that it seems like a neat little device!

    • Honestly, how much performance do you need in a 25m2 box with a pretty average connection as it is?

      I highly doubt this would be the bottleneck.

  • I’ve had the mango since it’s release and use it whenever I travel. Set it up from home and log into it when you travel after hooking up to the local wifi and it’s a no brainer.

  • Will this connect to hotel wifi that has a webpage style login?

    • +1
  • Thanks just bought one. Should come in handy.

  • If it connects to wifi and then share the network wireless, means it has two wireless card/ssd?

    • I don't think so. I think it creates virtual interfaces for the one physical interface.

  • Can this be used to connect to my wireless network without broadcasting wifi signal? i.e. I want to use only the network cable with it.

    • +1

      Yes it can, you can WISP repeat or use in extender mode and then turn off using WLAN and have up to 2 ethernet LAN ports for wired devices.

      • Finally set it up as you mentioned. I had to change WAN to LAN port to use 2 cables, but very nice device indeed!

  • So regarding the captivate portal options. If i want to connect to Free Guest Wifi (University guest wifi - username and email address only) , will this avoid the need to re-join using the captivate portal every 2 hours ?

    • No sorry, you will still have to reverify if standard is to kick devices after 2 hours

      • Cheers mate, Thankyou for confirming.

  • Just as a real world example. I'm currently at an apartment block in Mooloolaba. If I connect to the guest WiFi I can see 119 devices and more importantly potentially they can see my devices.

    Whack in my Gl.iNet router setup with the same WiFi as at home and all I can see is my own devices and I don't have to connect any of my or the wife's devices to the public WiFi manually. Also have the Chromecast setup ready to connect to my "home" network ready for streaming should we need it.

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