With the booming popularity of wireless
connections for internet access across many devices, the four wired
LAN jacks on the backs of most wireless routers have been beginning
to seem increasingly unnecessary. With its new
WL-330NUL router, Asus not only left those ports at the door, but
they also downsized the main router circuitry to the point that the
device can run on the power of one USB port. Despite that, it
still offers a competent feature set.
The so-called “world's smallest Wi-Fi
router” has a single LAN input port and USB connection,
and internally it features 2.4Ghz 802.11b/g/n WiFi capability.
The WL-330NUL can not only generate a secure wireless hotspot
using a plugged LAN cable; it can also (simultaneously, we assume)
act as an Ethernet USB adaptor, sending the said LAN cable's
network connection over the USB port. Those owners of various
WiFi-friendly gadgets alongside MacBook Airs or UltraBooks, computers
that typically lack LAN ports, can have their cake and eat it too
with the WL-330NUL.
All that in a casing that weighs only
25 grams and little bigger than your typical flash drive. While Asus
hasn't released official availability or pricing information, you can
pre-order the Asus WL-330NUL on
Expansys.com. A price isn't given, but the site proclaims a
release date of February 14th. Take that
with a grain of salt, of course.