Edimax is an old name related to network solutions for home and business enterprise. It specializes in making routers and Wifi related equipment such as WIfi range extenders. Lately, Edimax has been making a number of portable products such as Edimax 6258nL Travel Router. In this post, we get our hands on this cute little travel router which acts as our portable hotspot, Router, access point, WISP.
Edimax 6258nL Travel Router is primarily suited for travelers. If you travel a lot and stay at hotels then this product might be a good buy for you. You might often be stuck at a hotel with a LAN access only in order to connect to internet. Some not-so-good hotels also offer to provide you Wifi services at a premium cost. Edimax 6258nL Travel Router solves these issue without any need of carrying some big gadget or power cables.
Edimax 6258nL Travel Router is tiny, cute and a portable solution which you can carry even in your shirt pocket. The package carries the router along with installation guide and a CD for help manual. Edimax 6258nL is powered up using a USB slot. You can use Edimax 6258nL to get Wifi out of a LAN network, Extend your WiFi coverage or use it in a WISP mode.
Edimax 6258nL is compatible 802.11b/g/n standards and offers speed up to 150Mbps. You can connect your laptop, smartphone, wireless device simultaneously once it has been properly configured. Initial setup requires you to set it up in either Wired or Wireless mode. The good part is that it is very easy to set up. Depending upon your configuration, it would require you to choose the network you want to connect to along with the password (if necessary). It saves theses details so that you don’t have to enter it repeatedly. Next time you power it up, it blinks a blue light for few seconds and then it’s good to go. It supports WEP 64/128 bit, WPA and WPA2 for Wifi passwords. There is a WISP mode which would help you to quickly setup things without doing any settings and configurations.
I tried testing it with both wired and wireless mode. It gave great results for both situations. It gives decent Wifi range from the point of presence. Please note that it’s not a typical router substitute. It would not offer you a very long range Wifi access as given by some expensive routers. In wireless scenario, I was able to extend my wireless range effectively. I got better signal detection using Edimax 6258nL and it improved Wifi signal strength in the dead zones. In stress testing, it did suffered when multiple devices were connected and consuming lot of data in parallel. This might not be a real world scenario, hence nothing to worry about. It did scored well in normal cases when you are connecting one/two devices at a time.
Looking at some other features of EDIMAX BR-6258nL Travel Router :-
- Supports Router, AP, and WISP modes
- NAT/NAPT IP Sharing
- DHCP server
- Port triggering for special applications
- DNS and DDNS
- DMZ hosting
- UPnP architecture
- VPN passthrough(IPSec/PPTP)
- QoS(Quality of Service) for advanced bandwidth management
- Wireless 11n speed Complies with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards, up to 150Mbps .
- Share single account with multiple devices Share a single internet connection with multiple wireless devices such as smartphones and ultrabooks.
- 3-in-1 operations: Router, access point, WISP(Wireless ISP).
- Secured wireless encryption WEP 64/128 bit, WPA and WPA2.
- Smart iQ Setup Features iQ Setup for smart and automatic quick installation.
- Access Keeper Remembers the login information and settings for a connection, and automatically applies them the next time the user tries to log on there.
- Powered by USB port Powered by a laptop’s USB port or by a portable USB adapter, no external power adapter required.
- Miniature, space-saving, stylish Compact size and multiple features for every modern traveler and businessman.
Edimax 6258nL Travel Router is a must buy for travelers. It will help you save time and effort in accessing internet on the go. Its small & portable design is an added advantage. It’s not too expensive, so it would not be very heavy on your pocket. Its versatility may benefit some home users too. If you are looking for Wifi range extension then Edimax EW-7438RPn would be a better buy. Overall, it’s a small package with big benefits.