DWL-G730 Pocket Router

DLink-DWL-G730AP*This is not a paid review; strictly just sharing my own experience with this device.* Just in case anyone might be worried about me selling out :-)

I don’t think I’ve posted on this before, although it’s very possible that I did (here or elsewhere) and have forgotten about it. A while back I picked up this interesting device (the D-Link DWL-G730) and I was just realizing again today how useful it is.

As you can see by the photo, it’s very small – perfect for traveling, etc. It gives you everything you’d expect from a modern wireless router / access point (WPA, etc.), so nothing too revolutionary there.

The interesting thing I wanted to post about is that it also supports another mode (called “client”) which allows you to use it basically in reverse – whatever you connect the ethernet cable to (a single PC or the WAN port of another router) is the “client side”, and it can connect that device (PC or router) to a wireless network as a client.

The benefits might not be immediately obvious, but they are pretty cool. It will allow you to use a machine that does not have wireless hardware on a wireless network without requiring any additional hardware or software installation. As I mentioned earlier, this could either be used for a single computer or a group of machines by connecting them to a router and then virtually giving that router a wireless client adapter and allowing it to use a wireless connection for its external (WAN) connection.

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