updated 09:50 pm EST, Wed November 16, 2011
Routers bring compact design
TP-Link has expanded its 802.11n router lineup with a new pocket router and a portable router for 3G modems. The pocket router enables users create a Wi-Fi network after connecting it to a network or modem via Ethernet. Users can also configure the device to work as a range extender or a wireless bridge to expand the connectivity of existing Wi-Fi networks.
The portable router provides a USB port that is compatible with many 3G modems that utilize HSPA, UMTS or EVDO standards. The device does not provide an internal battery, requiring power to be provided via USB or an external adapter. Aside from the 3G router functionality, it can also be used as a traditional Wi-Fi access point, range extender or bridge.
The pocket router is expected to ship on November 23 for $30, while the 3G router will not arrive until December 14 for $40.