An iPad is almost useless if you can’t score a WiFi connection. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but a big part of the iPad’s usability is routed in its ability to surf the web as well as stream movies and music from the Net. So if you didn’t invest in a 3G model you’re sh*t out of luck, especially in hotel rooms, where often they only provide a wired connection.
The Belkin F9K1107 Wireless Dual-Band Travel Router is designed to be taken on the road and more importantly stuffed inside a bag. There is no mention of its actual measurements, but Belkin is tossing in a a carrying case that holds the plug and some additional cords. Like many of today’s full sized routers it supports WiFi b/g/n and simultaneous dual band mode. There is also the usual assortment of security protocols and even a push button WPS setup. So at the end of the day it’s a full featured router, though it lacks the additional Ethernet ports or a USB port for sharing storage devices on the network. It’s just too bad there isn’t a built-in battery.
No word on availability, but it will retail for $79.99.