TP-LINK Debuts "Halo" Mini Pocket Router
More CES news for you… Here’s something that might come in handy for travelers or for anybody that needs to conserve space, TP-Link has just announced the Halo mini pocket router that is small enough to fit in your pocket and take with you. Just plug it into the wall and then plug in an Ethernet cable and you’ve got wi-fi ready to go!
TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, today announced its new TP-LINK “Halo” 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router, the TL-WR706N. This CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award Honoree is one of the world’s smallest portable routers with a built-in power adapter, half the size of the previous generation’s product.
TL-WR706N has the wireless speed and range to power a complex set of networking applications to create a highly efficient mobile office or entertainment network in no time at 150Mbps. Better still, it is small enough to fit in the average pocket and with no cables to plug in. The mini pocket router is uniquely suited for providing robust wireless networking to travelers.
The Halo is designed to make Wi-Fi available and convenient wherever you are. Its built-in antenna and power supply design result in its miniature size so that it could even be carried in the average pocket while travelling.
This latest addition to TP-LINK’s portable routers does away with complex setups; whenever you are in a hotel or at home, all you need to do is to insert the cable line into its WAN/LAN port and plug the router into an electrical outlet. Using the device’s preconfigured wireless security settings, all users need to do is find their device on their tablet, smartphone or laptop and connect. Wireless access is just one plug away!
Halo is designed to bring cold electronics closer to the hearts of end users. The device’s concept comes from the halo of the total solar eclipse, with light being cast around its edge, like a wireless signal being broadcast from the device. The product is designed with a simple circle that constitutes the cover and a cylindrical shape which are ideal for broadcasting wireless signals. The shape of the cylinder is an elegant touch, and combined with its compact size is ideal for portability.
“With Halo we reinvented the boring, table top or wall-mounted wireless router into a sleek, portable form factor with built-in power plug, and powerful wireless speed and range that delivers a convenient wireless experience without the mess of cables and complex setups,” said Justin Tu, Director of International Product Development at TP-LINK. “Halo offers the high performance wireless experience that users have come to expect from TP-LINK in an appealing original design.”
Estimated Product Availability: Q2 2013
- Portable design, ideal for travel and home use
- Built-in power supply – no power adapter required
- Internal antenna
- Supports Access Point, Wireless Router, Client, WISP Router and Repeater modes
- 150Mbps Wireless Speed
- Hardware-based mode switch to swap between Router and AP functions
- IP-based Bandwidth Control allows administrators to determine how much bandwidth is allotted to each PC
- Live Parental Controls allow parents or administrators to establish restricted access policies for children or staff
Any word on price? I’m going to order another AirPort Express to take with me on my trips (I travel at least 50% of the year – I’m actually in Bahrain right now!). This is smaller, but if the price isn’t MUCH better, the AirPort Express has proven track record and awesome features.
Sorry iChris. Maybe the Air Port Express plays nicely with other iDevices, or has improved, but my experience (my only foray into Apple products) was dismall at best. Lots of embarrassing moments.
Would have gladly paid $150 for this little guy back in 2005.