Disclaimer: I’m a NETGEAR Ambassador and I received this product in exchange for my honest review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine.
I am a busy blogger and avid traveler, so free WIFI and local hotspots are a mainstay for me when I am on the road or sitting at airports waiting for my next flight. As a proud ambassador of NETGEAR, I was beyond thrilled when they sent me the NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router and Range Extender and asked me to write an unbiased review on the product. A few of my travelling friends have been raving about the NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router, and I was just itching to get one for myself!
If you frequent free WIFI hotspots at coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, bus-stops, and airports – then you know the struggle. Generally free WIFI comes with less than stellar connectivity, and you tend to look a bit foolish holding your laptop above your head trying to get enough bars to get that super important email you have been working on for an hour to send just a few seconds before your deadline. And, that is exactly why I was interested in the NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router. The Trek basically boosts public WIFI signals, and ensures stronger signal strengths so you don’t have to worry about being booted from the network.
Also, if you know anything about public WIFI, then you know how easy it is for criminal computer masterminds to access your private information on your laptops or cell phones while you are connected to a public network, or free WIFI hotspot. Maybe I am a bit too paranoid, or I have watched way too many true crimes TV shows. Regardless, the NETGEAR Travel Router can give you peace of mind because it also offers a firewall to protect you from all of those public WIFI hackers that are just salivating at the opportunity to get a hold of your valuable files and personal information.
The NETGEAR Trek N300 isn’t just for people who are constantly on the go like myself though, it also serves as Range Extender and Wireless Bridge for your home. Have you ever wanted to take your laptop out to the back porch or in to the garage – but realized that your WIFI was spotty at best and the signal was too weak to get any work done? The NETGEAR Trek can help you get the most out of your home WIFI and let you travel out of your house a little ways and still use your own network. And, if you are stuck with messy Ethernet cables, and are overwhelmed by all of the electronics and gadgets you have to plug in to your router – the NETGEAR Trek can also serve as a wireless bridge or a hub to connect everything to your WIFI like your wireless printers, video game systems, cell phones, digital cable, etc.
When I received the NETGEAR Trek N300 in the mail I couldn’t wait to get the package open and set it up with my laptop. I specifically set aside my entire afternoon to get the new gadget up and running, read the manuals, and so on and so forth. But, I was done in less than an hour! The instructions are simple and to the point, and even doable for somebody like myself who is far from tech-savvy.
The NETGEAR Trek N300 set-up was a cinch! Seriously, if I can do it then anyone can! I took the product right out of the box, and plugged the USB cord in to the Trek, and the other end in to my laptop. You don’t have to charge it with a separate cord, it charges while it is plugged right in to your computer. Once the Trek was attached to my laptop, I switched the “ON” button in to place. Then I went on to my laptop and searched for wireless connections, sure enough there was the NETGEAR Trek. After I selected it, I typed in the PIN which is located right on the device and “Voila!” I was in business. Once I was connected to the Trek, I followed the instructions on the box and typed www.routerlogin.net in to the address bar and a site came up directing me on how to finish the connection process.
Since I received the NETGEAR Trek N300, it has been my favorite travel companion, and I recommend it to anyone who frequents public WIFI networks. Even if you just go to the coffee shop every day and they have great internet signal, the Trek is still vital because it offers a Firewall to protect your private information from other WIFI users, and identity theft is a real thing guys! I actually have already ordered a second NETGEAR Trek for our home so that my husband and I don’t have to fight over it anymore. He set it up to connect all of his electronic gadgets and manage them on the NETGEAR App, and it drives him crazy when I leave town and take it with me. If you don’t have a NETGEAR Trek N300 yet – then I highly recommend ordering one ASAP, it will make your lives so much easier!
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