Buffalo unveiled this week its AirStation AC433 Travel Router, a tiny device offering big bandwidth. The AC433 is 1.75 inches square and is powered via USB. Its throughput is 433 Mbps on the 802.11ac 5 GHz band or 150 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz/5 GHz 802.11n band, selectable via a hardware switch.
The tiny router has one Ethernet port and one microUSB port for power. Since the AC433 is powered via USB, it can be connected to either a computer or an included USB wall plug. It has WPS for quick setup, too.
Our rep Brian V. says that he believes that the AC433 is “the first and only [travel router] of its size.” He explained that travel routers are gaining significant popularity in parts of the world where hotels don’t have wireless, but are fully wired instead. The number of connectable devices that are Wi-Fi only continues to grow, so being able to connect everything is very important to business and pleasure travelers alike.
The router will be available in Q2 for $60 MSRP. There will be a white model and a black model, but only the black model will be available in the US.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.