Asus WL-530g compact wireless router

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Review The wireless router market is a tough one to crack. There are already many well-established brand names that offer products at very reasonable prices. To compete successfully, you have to either offer something new and innovative, and Asus has tried to do a bit of both. Its WL-530G pocket router is by no means a unique product - it does what every other Ethernet router does - but it's about half the size of most of them...

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The design is surprisingly stylish for a router, with a black plastic body that has a brushed aluminium strip running round its middle. It measures a mere 12.9 x 4.4 x 2.9cm, not counting the antenna. It might not be quite pocket size, as you still have to carry the power adaptor if you intend to take it travelling. At least Asus has supplied a full set of removable power connectors, so you can use the WL-530G in pretty much every part of the world. The only other accessory in the box is a short Ethernet cable.

There are four LAN ports on the back of the router alongside the power port and antenna hook-up, and a WAN port on the right-hand side. There are three LEDs that indicate power, wireless LAN activity and Ethernet activity. Finally, there's a small reset button. I like the fact that Asus has put the default admin login details on a sticker on the bottom of the router.

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