TP-Link Portable Nano Travel Router TL-WR902AC (AC750) Review

It is no surprise to tell you that in today’s fast-paced world, life would cease without the internet. It has become one of the most important parts of our lives. Nowadays, you easily become frustrated or get annoyed when there is no internet or if it is not working.

Most people find it easy to install and setup network devices at home and enjoy high-speed internet. For many home users, the router or modem supplied by the ISP provider is more than adequate.

On the other hand, when it comes to traveling, internet connectivity does not seem simple. For instance, when you stay in a hotel somewhere, often, you will find that they offer you a single wired Ethernet port.

Contrarily, many users want a router, which can be connected to the LTE modem. However, it is also true that carrying a full-sized home router with you is frustrating and annoying no matter what your needs are.

So, you need a portable travel router. TP-Link is one of the most popular networking companies in the world. It has manufactured a wide range of products to fulfill the needs of every user.

Traveling users are no exception. The TP-Link WR902AC (Ac750) is an affordable option with some cool features. It is a travel router with everything you would need from connectivity to speed to range coverage. Read on!


Specifications

Size: 2.91 x 2.64 x 0.87 inches

Antennas: 4 (On-Board)

Wi-Fi Spec: 5GHz: 802.11ac/n/a

Ports: 1 x 2.0 USB ports

Peak Performance: 433 Mbps

Range: 1200 sqft.

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Networking

The TP-Link TL-WR902AC is an average router with good speed. Of course, it is not the fastest router. The maximum bandwidth of the TP-Link WR902AC is 750 Mbps. We have personally tested the router and found that the actual speed is close to 680 Mbps. So, there is a difference of 90 Mbps between the theoretical and practical bandwidth.

Primarily, this is because of the 300 Mbps throughput on the radio frequency band of the 2.4 GHz channel. Also, this might be due to 433 Mbps throughput on the radio frequency band of the 5 GHz channel. No matter if you connect this router to the LTE modem or cable modem, you will get adequate Wi-Fi speeds.

The TP-Link TL-WR902AC support both channels as well as the range is quite good. The device is compact and powerful. You can use it in the home and travel. We have also tested the device at 15 feet close range and measured speed of 23 Mbps, which was faster enough.

Further, we increased the range to 100 feet and measured a drop of 9 Mbps. We think this is a bit slow. However, we were amazed that the router was able to cover a range of 100 feet. It can even offer more than 100 feet of coverage area. However, to maintain a good Wi-Fi speed, we recommend you to use it within 30-75 feet, which is a good range for a hotel room.

Design

The TP-Link TL-WR902AC travel router is stylish and features a modern look. It has rounded corners and the overall look of the device is the shiny plastic. You can see the TP-Link Ac750 is a modern router. Not only it is compact and lightweight but you can also carry it in your bag. Indeed, it is the best traveling router available on the market.

The high-end wireless chip along with the easy installation process makes this router an awesome starting point for all users who are looking to have a portable router for travel. The design of the TP-Link portable router is quite impressive and it made us become its fond.

Many companies manufacture routers with matter black enclosures and finishes. The cheerful and bright case of the TP-Link Ac750 traveling router appeals to eyes and highlights a simple design.

Although the design of the router is simple, clean, and compact, it does not skimp on important details. There are a few indicators LED lights on the front of the router, which shows exactly what is going on under the hood.

For instance, from left to right, there is a power indicator, wireless activity indicator, UBS connectivity indicator, internet connection indicator, and a security indicator.

The backside of the device is simple and here, you will see a WAN and LAN ports. These ports are Gigabit model, which is found in most of the modern routers. Also, you will see a full-size USB port, which is used to connect external drives.

There is also a micro-USB port on the right side, which serves to power the router. The dimensions of the router are 2.91 x 2.64 x 0.87 inches and the weight of this router is 0.615 pounds.

Hardware

When it comes to the hardware specifications of the TP-Link TL-WR902AC, the device is powered by the MediaTek MT7628AN single-core CPU with clocked at 580 MHz. The total memory of the device is 64 MB and the Flash memory is 8 MB.

The switch of the device is RT3050 and the WLAN 2.4 GHz has b/g/n and the WLAN 5 GHz has a/n/ac and the WLAN driver is MT76. The antennas are hidden and located inside the device.

Installation

The processes of setting up the TP-Link Ac750 is easy and simple. First, you need to switch to the operation mode. Once done, you can share the ETH and then connect the hardware. Plug the 3G or 4G USB modem with SIM or UIM card into the 3G or 4G USB ports. This depends on your requirements.

The next step is to connect the device wirelessly to the router. The Wi-Fi network username and password are mentioned on the label of the router. Next, you need to check the internet whether or not if it is accessible. The next step is to launch a web browser and type http://tplinkwifi.net. Next, log in using the username and password. Continue the steps to configure the device.

What We Liked

  • Excellent wireless performance
  • Fast connectivity
  • Easy Installation
  • Affordable

What We didn’t Like

  • Build Strength
  • Manual Switching

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Ted Webster
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