A Wireless Travel Router?

As a NETGEAR Ambassador, I was contacted and offered the opportunity to try out and give an honest review of their Trek travel router. While this wireless travel router and extender offers a lot of attractive features, one really caught my attention strongly—the ability to use it as a hotspot. Since some places charge for WiFi, this provides you the opportunity to pay for only one login and still connect multiple devices. Something we often need!

Wireless travel router

My wallet is on the left for size comparison


Wireless features you will love

Saving on fees

As I said above, with this device you save on fees by connecting the router to the WiFi network and using it as a hotspot for other devices. When I tested this out, we had two laptops, a mobile phone, and a tablet all connected under a single login.

Using this device in these situations just a couple of times (or even once depending on how many connections you need) more than pays for itself. I wish I had it in Wales when I had to pay $22 USD so that we each could be online.

Since the devices store the NETGEAR router profile, you don’t have to go through a bunch of connection steps each time you want to set it up. Just connect the router, and you’re good to go!


If you’re using a public hotspot, your device is at risk from hackers. With the Trek, you have a firewall-protected network for your devices to help make surfing safer.

Going wireless when it’s a wired connection

Occasionally we’ve stayed in a place that charges for WiFi but offers a wired connection in the room for free. No problem! You can connect a cable to the Trek, and now you have a wireless hotspot in your room.

Signal extender

If you’ve traveled a lot or use a lot of public hotspots, it’s quite probable you’ve had to deal with a weak signal. The Trek can act as a signal extender to make your digital life much easier and comfortable. I could’ve really used this in some of the rooms where the best connection was either right outside the door or in a corner of the room.

Having to sit on the toilet to work because that area has the strongest signal just isn’t fun.

Wireless travel router


So how well did it perform?

I really wanted to give it a thorough testing, so Tigger and me connected our laptops via the router. In addition, I connected my Kindle Fire and my smartphone. I’m pretty sure at one point Tigger also had his PS Vita connected. It’s a really good test with Tigger because he likes to watch a lot of YouTube videos, and that can really zap bandwidth.

I did a bandwidth speed test before we connected and during to get an objective measurement of how well it worked with so many devices connected and in action. Speeds were exactly the same! (I know these speeds look a little sad, but we were in a hotel on an island in Mexico, so it was pretty fast compared to some others we tried.)

Wireless travel router

The only time I experienced a reduction of speed was when Tigger began playing with friends online. Their games are streaming, and they chat via Skype at the same time. With all that going on, I did experience a drop in speed, but it was still quite functional.

An interesting incidental finding was that Tigger had a hard time connecting with some gaming servers while using the hotel’s login; however, when he connected through the Trek he was able to connect to them with no problem. I’m not sure what made the difference, but to me that’s a big plus. He’d agree.

The device is quite compact and lightweight. It plugs directly into the electrical outlet and has a foldout antenna for ease of use. Another nice built-in feature is a USB plug so that you can charge your phone or tablet while the router is plugged in. If you’ve ever had the joy of being in a hotel room with only 2 outlets, you’ll greatly appreciate this feature.

The setup instructions were super easy to follow. In case you have a device that hasn’t connected to the router before, the ID and password are on the router itself so you don’t have to worry about carrying around extra notes when you travel.

Many of the features of the travel router would be good for use at home as well, especially the signal extender. Sometimes homes have a dead spot, and this could easily solve that problem.

Final word

The NETGEAR Trek travel router gets a thumbs up from both of us. There were many times over the last 3+ years this device would’ve come in handy. It’s definitely now a part of our travel essentials.

Even if you don’t rely on wireless connections as much as we do, I’d still highly recommend it.

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  1. hey..!!!!
    I was looking for something like this. Glad that I came across this post.
    Worth reading.

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  2. Hi Talon,

    This is such a great device to have while travelling. In 21st century when some hotels still insist on charging for wifi usage, this will come handy. How much does it cost ?

    Cheers !

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    • It depends who you buy it through. When I researched it, you could get it on Amazon for around $38 USD. And I totally don’t understand why they charge for WiFi! Absolutely ridiculous.

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  3. Thanks Talon! Very helpful info!!


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  4. That’s cool.. Actually been looking for something like that, for vacation. Been in hotels/Condo’s that just have 1 Ethernet plug and no-wifi. Or Wifi is weak.

    Was going to get just a cheap WiFi router, but this would be even better cause it can login to another WiFi and then boost / share its signal.

    Q. Does the 110v plug fold down / lay flat when not in use.

    You should set up a Amazon Referral account pick up a few cents for each sold….

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  5. What is the difference between connecting your smartphone and making it your hotspot and this device? Or making your laptop your hotspot? I usually use my phone as a hotspot, connect my tablet or/and my laptop and use a smart recharger to keep my bateries alive.

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    • I haven’t tried those methods so I’m not sure. I know when I’ve used my phone as a hotspot before the speeds were much slower. The advantages of this device, though, are the network security and ability to boost a weak signal.

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      • The security COULD be an advantage when you make a hotspot on your phone. When it comes to laptops you can get the same security performances as this device but you would have to know some technical things so this device is pretty good.

        Regarding the boost of a week signal – I don’t know. Technically if your speed is 30Mbps just plugging in a device the speed won’t go up to 31Mbps.

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        • I’ve noticed significant speed increases when I go from 1 bar to 5. Just now we used it to boost the signal to our bedrooms because our WiFi router wasn’t quite making it that far, and the boy needs a signal in his man cave.

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  6. The timing of this post is perfect, well, for me anyway. We were just having this conversation the other day, talking about finding a device of this kind for our future travels. We will definitely look into this one. Thanks!

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