Sure, we may be fast approaching the 12th year of the 21st century, but as you may have noticed, planet Earth has yet to be coated in a warm, fuzzy blanket of WiFi. And yes, we're just as befuddled as you. For now -- and for the foreseeable future as well -- we'll need to continue furnishing our own provisions for reliable wireless internet access, which is often no small feat. Fortunately, if you're able to find a USB 3G modem or Ethernet connection, TP-Link's new Portable 3G/3.75G Wireless N Router (TL-MR3020) can hook you up with WiFi for a mere $40.

The tiny device is small enough to fit in your pocket, and offers a variety of power options, including a built-in plug and mini USB connector -- enabling you to use the device with an external battery pack, for example. A second USB port lets you hook up a UMTS/HSPA/EVDO USB 3G modem, which you can then dish out to other wireless gadgets. This pocketable WiFi wonder will be available on December 14th at Fry's, Micro Center, B&H and Data Vision, along with e-tailers like Newegg and Amazon. If an Ethernet-only model will suit your needs, the TL-WR700N is another option, shipping on November 23rd for $30. Jump past the break for the full rundown from TP-Link.
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Create a Wi-Fi Hotspot Anywhere with TP-LINK's New 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router and Portable 3G/3.75G Wireless N Router

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, today announces two new Portable Wireless N Routers, designed to provide high-speed Internet access anywhere you go. Both routers are ideal for connecting tablet computers, smart phones, portable gaming consoles, and other mobile electronic devices while on-the-go.

The new 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router (TL-WR700N) can be used to create an instant Wi-Fi hotspot by plugging in an Ethernet cable from your existing network or modem. It is a smart solution to efficiently expand your wireless network for the use of Wi-Fi enabled laptops, mobile phones, tablets, game consoles and more. The Mini Pocket Router operates as an Access Point to create a Wi-Fi hotspot from a wired source. It also functions as a Wireless Router, Range Extender or Wireless Bridge. The stylish cube design is small enough to fit into your pocket and plugs right into an electrical outlet without the hassle of using a power cord.

TP-LINK also introduces its new Portable 3G/3.75G Wireless N Router (TL-MR3020) which connects to the Internet via 3G cellular networks - the same network that your mobile phone uses - to keep you online and connected anywhere. Simply plug in the 3G USB modem to TL-MR3020 and establish a Wi-Fi hotspot instantly. With its travel-size design, TL-MR3020 is compact enough to take on the road and share its 3G Internet connection wherever coverage is available. The device comes with three adjustable modes: 3G Router Mode, WISP Client Router Mode, and Access Point Mode. Additionally it can be used as a Wireless Router, Range Extender or Wireless Bridge. The router can be powered through a USB connection or external power adapter, both included with the device.

150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router (TL-WR700N) – $29.99 – Available 11/23/11


Wireless N speeds of up to 150Mbps*

Compact, sleek design

Fully compliant with 2.4GHz-2.4835GHz Wireless Frequency

Supports AP, Bridge, Repeater (Range Extender), Wireless Router operation modes

Compatible with any Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as iPhoneTM, iPadTM, AndroidTM Phones, KindleTM, game consoles and other entertainment devices

Advanced security and encryptions

Portable 3G/3.75G Wireless N Router (TL-MR3020) – $39.99 – Available 12/14/11


Wireless N speeds of up to 150Mbps*

Compact design, ideal for travel

Compatible with UMTS/HSPA/EVDO USB 3G Modems

Fully compliant with 2.4GHz-2.4835GHz Wireless Frequency

Supports 3G Router, AP, Bridge, Repeater (Range Extender), Wireless Router, WISP Client operation modes

Powered by USB connection or external power adapter

Compatible with any Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as iPhoneTM, iPadTM, AndroidTM Phones, KindleTM, game consoles and other entertainment devices

Advanced security and encryptions

TP-LINK products are available at Fry's Electronics, Micro Center, B&H and Data Vision. You can also find them online at Newegg.com, Amazon.com, http://www.mwave.com/mwave/index.asp? Tigerdirect.com, Walmart.com and Buy.com.

*Actual data will vary because of the network conditions and environmental factors