|RAM Size||128 MB|
|Memory Slots Available||USB|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR2 SDRAM|
|Processor Speed||650 MHz|
|Data Transfer Rate||300 Megabytes Per Second|
|Total Usb Ports||1|
|Has Auto Focus||No|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||No|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Has Programmable Buttons||No|
|Product Dimensions||5.8 x 5.8 x 2.5 cm|
|Item Weight||76 g|
|Item Model Number||GL-AR300M-Ext|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||21 June 2018|
GL.iNET GL-AR300M (Shadow) Mini VPN Travel Router with 2dbi External Antenna, Wi-Fi Converter, OpenWrt Pre-Installed, Repeater Bridge, 300Mbps High Performance, 128MB Nand Flash, 128MB RAM, OpenVPN
- MINI TRAVEL ROUTER: Convert a public network(wired/wireless) to a private Wi-Fi for secure surfing. Tethering, 3G/4G USB Modem Compatible. Powered by any laptop USB, power banks or 5V DC adapters (sold separately). 39g (1.41 Oz) only and pocket friendly.
- OPEN SOURCE & PROGRAMMABLE: OpenWrt/LEDE pre-installed, backed by software repository.
- OPENVPN CLIENT: OpenVPN client pre-installed, compatible with 20+ VPN service providers.
- LARGER STORAGE & EXTENSIBILITY: 128MB RAM, 16MB NOR Flash, 128MB Nand Flash, dual Ethernet ports, UART and GPIOs available for hardware DIY.
- PACKAGE CONTENTS: GL-AR300M-Ext mini router (Antennas color: Black or White) (1-year Warranty), USB cable, User Manual.
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GL-AR300M-Ext is a mini travel router for working professionals and a programmable gateway for DIY hobbyists. Larger Storage and Extendibility: The router is with storages of 128MB RAM and 128MB Nand Flash, which can be further extended using external USB sticks. There are 2 Ethernet ports, 1 UART, and 1 GPIOs available for hardware DIY. It is an ideal portable gateway for IoT development. WiFi Converter: WiFi is extremely popular but still may not be available at anywhere. If you are still using a wired network at hotels or cafes, this mini router is able to convert it to a wireless network for sharing the WiFi with all your devices. Even in places like cafes or restaurants with WiFi, it is not good to expose your devices to the public network directly. This router converts a public WiFi to your own WiFi with a firewall and then works as an agent for securer surfing. The agent connects all your devices when switching to a new WiFi. You don’t have to input password for each of your devices. The router is also able to convert your phone tethering, or 3G/4G USB modems into a private Wi-Fi. Portable Travel Mate: The router is lightweight, pocket friendly, and portable. It can be plugged into any laptops, power banks, or 5V DC adapters for power supply. Open Source and Programmable: OpenWRT is pre-installed and backed with a repository of 4000+ software packages. Pre-installed with an OpenVPN client, it works with 30+ VPN service providers. For more details, please check our online docs at http://www.gl-inet.com/docs
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The new firmware UI is much better. But, after 4 days of using this thing, it lost it's mind and now can't see the WiFi signal that it was connected to. In fact when I go to the dashboard, there's no indication that it was ever configured as a repeater what so ever. So now I have to take it and go plug it in the main router and set it all back up. For this WiFi configuration, that is a PITA. I'm going to set it up one more time and if it looses it's mind again for any reason at all, I'll be returning it.
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The quick start manual or should I say page is very brief so it took me a while to figure out that the WAN port plugs into your internet/router (and it will take an IP from DHCP if you have that setup on your own network or you can set a static ip from within this router) and the LAN port is the new network which will be setup by this router (you can define the new subnet range). But if you spend half a day playing about with this router, you will figure out most of it.
I configured PIA VPN using the open vpn files and it took 2 mins in total to configure and get it working.
I use this router with my main virgin router cable connected on WAN port and the LAN port connected to my android box. I can stream 1080p without any issues while running the VPN.
I set it all up and took a backup of the config, so now I keep trying new things on it and when it breaks I just reset it and then restore the backup and I am up and running again.
The wifi range is on par with my virgin superhub 3 (which isn't magnificent) but one needs to remember it's only usb powered and generally would not be used as you main router. I don't use the wifi in my setup, only when I reset it, it turns it back on and I restore my backup config.
You can configure the led lights for different purposes. I set my middle one to show when the VPN is connected. You can also install hundreds of apps on this router. You can also WINSCP on port 22 or PUTTY to this to access it...you can do so much!
1) I live in a thick-walled bungalow. My Asus router's WiFi, positioned in the middle of the house, can barely reach the garden and the garage is right out. To fill in the blanks I had been using a couple of Asus access points, but the The GL-AR300M has the ability to blast through walls and reach a greater distance than my Asus router. Quite impressive for such tiny antennae.
2) One other thing is that, despite having 80Mb/20Mb (down/up) broadband, the GL-AR300M has a limit of approximately 20Mb/20Mb (down/up). I've read that this is a limit on the OpenVPN software, but the more likely scenario is that the router doesn't have the computing power to decrypt/encrypt any faster. But since I only use the GL-AR300M on my mobile devices and frankly 20Mb is more than fast enough, I'm very satisfied.
3) Although I've never needed any support from the manufacturer, they do host an online forum and appear to actively react to customer queries, issues and complaints.
N.B. All’inizio si disconnetteva da solo ogni 30 minuti e bisognava riavviare l’interfaccia wwan o il router. Dopo averci perso tutto il weekend, ho capito che è fondamentale disattivare il flag Auto-reconnect nella pagina WISP della configurazione semplice. Vi consiglio anche di impostare il canale fisso (non automatico) e il BSS-ID del router WOW-FI con il segnale più forte perché potrebbero essercene altri vicini con segnale debole e, nel tentativo di agganciarli, potrebbe cadere la connessione.
Most people will probably just want the basic features and they work fine out of the box, with little technical knowledge required.
If you want to use the other firmwares and their features and interfaces, it gets trickier of course. I am an IT support professional and I found it a bit difficult to follow their online guides at times since it's not always clear exactly which firmware (out of many) was required and new UIs are introduced with little documentation or explanation of exactly what is doing what etc. They could do with tidying up their guides, ensuring they match the latest firmwares and making it easier to navigate their bloated downloads structures.
I ran into problems, possibly of my own making, and "bricked" the router. The recover process didn't work reliably but got there in the end. TIP: use their Facebook page to get quick support - it was actually pretty good and got me sorted much quicker than trying to rely on their forums.
Once working, it has proven to be stable, powerful and good for the job. I've messad about with the TOR firmware which can connect to any existing router or wifi access-point via wifi or cable and produce a wifi "hotspot" to which you can connect, routing all your computer, tablet or phone's network traffic via the TOR network for very good privacy.
There are other "Brand Name" travel routers, but what they don't give you is:
* WAN and LAN ports, so you can use both simultaneously if you want
* External aerials (which you can replace with BIGGER ones if you want), for connecting to WiFi a loooong way away
* OpenWRT firmware, which opens up many enterprise-grade features... such as OpenVPN connectivity mentioned above
The downside is that it's only 2.4GHz, and *not* 5GHz. Boo! It would be nice to have both, 2.4GHz is more than enough in reality.
It failed to find anything but BTFon and my next door neighbor's phone when I did manage to get it running for a few minutes, so unable to connect to my own router, thus unable to connect to the internet.
I managed to install the firmware upgrade, after which, it stopped working completely and wouldn't even reset to factory defaults.
If has failed in every single aspect for which one buys a router.
Was hoping to use it in the caravan on sites with Wifi but seems to me that it isn't going to do the job and reading the forum posts, it looks like this company;s products are very much hit and miss. Mine was obviously a miss. Won't be buying their stuff again.
Sent it back to Amazon.
However, it turned out to be such a capable and reliable device that I've thrown away my beloved linksys router with custom firmware, as this can achieve the same thing, but better, and takes very little space.
I absolutely recommend this thing. For a whole multitude of use cases.
I do need to note however that the wifi seems to fail every few days. It continues to broadcast, but it's no longer possible to connect. But ethernet continues to work.
As this is so advanced, it runs openwrt, and has the ability to show per-client traffic stats as well as qos! I still love this thing and hope an update fixes the wifi issue.
It comes with a usb cable for power, and the two antenna. I have included a picture of the device without the antenna attached so you can see what it looks like.
You can connect to the device either through WiFi or over Ethernet. All the relevant information is in a sticker on the back of the router. Upon initial connection you're are taken through a simple 3 page setup, with language, timezone, and setting a password. Note that the password you set is for access to the admin setting of the router, NOT the SSID.
The router is running a GL.iNet skin on top of OpenWrt Chaos Calmer 15.05. The skin offers suprisingly rich access to WiFi, WAN, the usb port on the router, and a DHCP Table. The software also comes with a few "apps" preinstalled, including OpenVPN and UPnP server.
This will be enough for a casual user.
For more advances setting the full LuCI interface can be accessed from the hamburger menu in the top right. This is vanilla and full featured.
The usb port allows for data to be easily shared on both WAN and LAN, and the toggle switch on the side can be set for various features.
This is a very good, compact router, especially for the price. Compared to similar products it is very versatile, and would also be well suited to projects/advance consumer applications.
Setup is normal and the router is accessed by direct connecting it to the LAN port of a laptop or PC (Win or Mac) once the setup is complete including a new password for router admin access and Wifi security then move on to uploading the OpenVPN config zip file. Once mounted the router automatically unzips the file and after a a little time allow selection of a preferred VPN server.
Once the above setup have been completed all that is required it to piggyback it via a LAN port on the your existing router to the WAN port of the new mini router. After a short period of handshake activity the mini will connect and VPN access to the internet will occur. Note other types of connection are configurable eg WiFi Bridge (not tried by me).
Range of the Wifi (n) seems good and with my chosen service provider over TalkTalk fibre I did not experience latency problems - Excellent product.
It has a very simple 'standard' HTTP user interface to set up the basic configuration, but for people who are familiar with networking you can roll up your sleeves and get stuck into the network services within the Luci web interface or log into the SSH command shell within OpenWRT.
It does everything I need, I don't push it very hard. I don't use VPN, and don't share or stream files from it -- I'm using it as a highly configurable router, firewall, DNS and DHCP server, and it has been performing really well.
The GL.iNet company seem to really care about the product, it has a very high quality feel, with good documentation and loads of help and advice in the forums. The packaging was very nice - it has an Apple aspirational feel to it.
Fulfilment and delivery was above expectation, as usual for Amazon. I paid for standard delivery, and it arrived within 24 hours.
You are also able to download additional software to the device using the web GUI, or connect to the device using SSH and access the OpenWRT command lline interface where you have access to opkg to download new software and tinker with the settings at a lower level.
By loading on some alternate firmware, you can use this device as a transparent proxy to the TOR network. This has also worked very well - although the TOR version is less capable than the standard product (e.g. storage sharing, only stores one WAN wireless lan connection and availability of apps etc). Getting that to work was relatively painless - the main issue I had was not realising that I had to factory reset after applying the new firmware. This device is particularly good for TOR networking as it includes a switch on the right side of the device where you can quickly and easily disable the tor routing.
Very well suited for both basic use and more advanced use if you so desire.
The unit with the antennas has provides a fantastic strong signal all through the house.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend if you want a reliable VPN router.
The web interface is very customisable, and allows for the installation of extra modules to the routing software to do things like adblocking at a DNS level which is great for browsing without annoyances.
Only slight issue I have is that sometimes the signal drops out entirely for a short period for returning, but the LAN port does still function fully during these drop out periods.
I've also used it as a range extender, to share a "one device" hotel connection. It's just super handy to connect this to a wireless connection and immediately have all my other devices connect to it and have internet.