Even though the WL-330N3G is a “travel router”, its admin interface has as many features as any fully fledged non-travel router. In fact, some things might even be easier to do on the WL-330N3G than a non-travel router. The WL-330N3G has presets for different modes such as wireless, router, access point, repeater, network adapter, Wi-Fi account sharing and 3G sharing. Usually if you want to configure a router to be a repeater, or just an access point, you’d have to know a couple things about networking. However, the WL-330N3G makes it easy for networking beginners or experts to get a wireless network running quickly in any situation.
If you want a standard wireless router, this is the mode you should use. It’s a breeze to setup, just type in an SSID you want to use, and a password for the wireless, pick the type of WAN connection and hit apply. You should be up and running in a minute.
If you want to add a wireless access point to a wired network, or if you wish to add a second access point to an existing wireless network, this mode will take care of you. Just type in the SSID and the password you wish to use, and away you go!
There are devices on the market whose sole purpose is to extend the range of your existing wireless network, these are called repeaters. The WL-330N3G can be easily configured as a repeater. Just pick the network you wish to repeat/extend the signal of, click connect and you’re good to go.
The network adapter mode is useful if you have a non-wireless device that needs wireless access. For instance, say you have a first generation Xbox 360, DVD/Blu-Ray or media player that has an ethernet port but not built-in wireless. You can use the WL-330N3G to provide wireless access to any one of these devices. Just plug the ethernet cable into the device and into the WL-330N3G, hit up the admin page on the WL-330N3G, pick a network you want to connect to, and boom, your wired device is now working wirelessly.
Wi-Fi Account Sharing
So you’re in a coffee shop or some other public place where you have to pay for internet access. Although, you have multiple devices, laptop and cell phone, and don’t want to have to pay for each device to be able to access the internet. Well, Wi-Fi account sharing is the option you’re looking for. Wi-Fi account sharing will wirelessly connect to the public paid network, and setup another private wireless network that all of your devices can access at no extra charge.
You have a nice 3G USB adapter for your business, but you have three employees on the business trip who all need internet access. If you didn’t have the WL-330N3G, you would need three 3G USB adapters, and three cellular data plans for each device. However, with the WL-330N3G, you can just plug your 3G USB adapter into the WL-330N3G’s USB port, and that one adapter can be used to provide access to every one of your employees.
ASUS WL-330N3G Supported US
- · AT&T
- · Cincinnati Bell
- · Verizon
- · Bell Mobility
- · Sprint
- · Telecom Italia Mobile
- · T-Mobile (T-Zone & Internet)
- · Cellular One
If you want a little bit more control of your router, you can configure UPnP, port forwarding, static DHCP, MAC address filtering, system logs, etc. I can’t find one important feature missing from this router.
Some of the aforementioned modes don’t let you control all of the options, or they default to odd settings. I’ve compiled a table of each settings caveats (if any):
|Access Point||WL-330N3G’s IP is assigned by the main DHCP server on the network. You will have no clue where the router has gone unless you use the ASUS Device Discovery utility.|
|Repeater||Same as Access Point|
|Network Adapter||WL-330N3G’s IP is set to, 192.168.220.1 which is probably a different subnet than your existing network. This can cause trouble if you want to make changes to the device later on. You’ll have to manually assign your IP to the 220 subnet in order to connect to the WL-330N3G. Once connected, you can manually assign the IP to something more reasonable.|
|Wi-Fi Account Sharing||Same as Access point|