Quite often in hotel rooms you can only find Ethernet. But what am I supposed to do with iPhone and iPad then? So, I bought this tiny little device some time ago:
This is called WA-6220.
The official website says:
WA-6220-V1 WLAN 11n Router is designed for people on the go, user can carry it travelling around and work at anywhere. It is compliant with 802.11n specifications, up to 300Mbps data rate, provides multi-functional capabilities, particularly the high performance throughput and high-quality security. Incorporating fast Ethernet ports and is compatible to other wireless (802.11a/b/g/ n) networking device, it enables your whole network sharing a high-speed cable or DSL. Its high performance is ideal for media-centric applications like streaming video, gaming and Voice over IP technology.
It is the matchbox in size.
And can be powered from USB (I connected it directly to the laptop).
The mode switch and reset button.
The quick user guide.
Unfortunately, I haven’t met a hotel with properly installed WiFi coverage. Many can put a cable, but proper WiFi coverage with decent speed – no one. But this device makes you an ad-hoc instant router in minutes with no pain whatsoever.
P.S. By the way, a question – is WiFi hardware (chipset) in laptops, for instance, and regular WiFi access points different in any way? If the connection is duplex, it shouldn’t be. So, how to turn a laptop into a proper WiFi access point then? I tried things like Connectify on Windows 7, but it didn’t really work properly. And what should I also do on Linux and OSX?