Product Review: Bolse® 300Mbps Wireless-N mini Router / AP / Repeater (802.11 b/g/n)
This is a device small/portable wifi device that will fit into any your need be. In my case I will focus my review in using the device as a range extender for my current wifi network. The device supports 4 operating modes:
– AP mode – as simple as that, work as an Access Point
– Repeater mode – useful to extend the range of your current wifi network
– Bridge mode – in case you’re interested in joining lans
– Client mode- get wifi signal from your existing connection and use the LAN port to connect your laptop
– Router mode – the usual router feature we know with WPA2 capability
The device has a very friendly web interface that can be accessed once connecting the wifi onboard. You may need to configure your IP settings in order to correctly connect to the device once configured (it has its own IP address and gateway). You can enable any of the operating mode using that web interface.
Details: as mentioned earlier, focused on extender mode
– Repeater mode- I live in a concrete house and my Netgear router is towards the end of the house. I used this Bolse device to extend my signal to the living room and patio area. I configured via the web interface. You can select any of the already available signals and the device will connect and retransmit as magic. Be aware that if you have MAC address access control in your existing wifi, you should add this device to the whitelist. Once added and configured, your devices will see the same SSID with more power.
– Client mode- i just tested this function for fun. Connect the device to your existing wifi and share the connection to your laptop via the LAN port included. This may be useful if you own a laptop/desktop that does not has wifi but has a LAN port.
– Router mode- I loved this feature, not because of it but because of the device size. If you happen to be in a hotel room that provides you with LAN but not wifi, this is a lifesaver. Connect the device to the power outlet, then the hotel’s LAN cable and voila! Have wireless in your hotel room.
I was provided a sample device in exchange of an honest review.