Bolse® 300Mbps Wireless-N Mini Router / AP / Repeater (802.11 b/g/n)
Setting up this Bolse® Mini Router is easy. What’s difficult is understanding and choosing the correct configuration. The English description provided is somewhat broken and difficult to understand, although diagrams are provided. I have three different networks running in my house, so I added this mini router in as a fourth — testing it as a repeater, an access point, a bridge, a router, and a client. Below are the differences between each mode and an example of the situations in which each might be employed.
If you have a Wi-Fi signal in your house but the signal cannot reach to all corners, you can solve that by using this unit as a repeater.
In my house, my gateway (a gateway is a router and modem combined into one unit) is in one corner of my house downstairs. Upstairs in the master bedroom, I typically get one or two bars of signal. With this repeater placed roughly in between the gateway and the master, I can get four or five bars. The signal is good enough for me to stream an Amazon Prime video on my Kindle Fire without seeing any lagging, skipping or pausing. It was all very smooth.
ACCESS POINT MODE
In the olden days, people would have wired routers. The routers connected all the computers in a network with . . . wires (ethernet cables). When they wanted a wireless signal, they hooked the routers up to an access point that they bought separately to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal. Nowadays, the routers come with access points built in.
So, when would you need to use access point mode? When you travel. Hotels usually offer ethernet connection. If you want Wi-Fi, plug the ethernet cable into this unit and broadcast your own Wi-Fi signal.
In my case, I have a powerline running throughout the house. In some areas, I would like to have Wi-Fi access to those lines. I connected an ethernet cable from the powerline to this unit and made it an access point. In that way, I can use Wi-Fi on my Kindle Fire to access the internet on that powerline.
It works very well. I can get one or two bars of signal across one story and several rooms. That’s comparable to the signal I get from my gateway.
If you want your guests to have Wi-Fi access, but you don’t want them on your network, you can use this as a bridge. It communicates with your network via Wi-Fi and broadcasts its own SSID.
I set this up using the Wi-Fi signal from my gateway. The signal I get from my bridge works perfectly. Understand that that network is open, no security password. Everyone has access to the bridge. As long as your guests are comfortable with that, you are good to go.
This unit can function as a router, connecting directly to a modem to provide wirelsss or wired internet access to your devices.
I used this with my gateway in router mode and I was able to get a signal equally as strong as I get from my gateway throughout my house. It is amazing how such a small device can perform as well as a much larger one.
If you have a Wi-Fi network, but your computer (or other device) doesn’t have Wi-Fi capability, you can plug an ethernet cable from the computer into this unit. Your computer will communicate with the client, the client will connect to the Wi-Fi network, and you will have wireless access to the internet.
My computer doesn’t have Wi-Fi capability. To connect to the network via Wi-Fi, I use this product as a client. Cool. Now, I can use the printer that’s connected to the network. As a client, it works great. I haven’t had any problems with dropped connections or anything.
I am amazed at how far technology has come. This little unit is just a little bigger than the average wall AC adapter, yet it can do that the big box routers can. It’s portable, easy to set up, easy to use. I plan to bring it with me on all my vacations. I really and truly love this little thing.
This product was provided for review by LowerPriceUSA.