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GL iNet GL AR300M Mini Travel Router Wi Fi Converter OpenWrt Pre Installed Repeater Bridge 300Mbps High Performance 128MB Nand Flash 128MB RAM OpenVPN Tor Compatible Programmable IoT Gateway

Last Updated: 17 Dec 2018 (Refresh Now)
7.8
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/10
Total Reviews
125
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Review Summary - 115 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Wifi
 39
vpn, router, network, hotel, hotspot
+90%
-10%
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" ...  WIFI range is much stronger than just broadcasting your cellphone hotspot.  ...  "
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" ...  one quick upload and this router was able to send all my traffic through the VPN.  ...  "
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" ...  It has made sharing my LTE hotspot tether connection super easy!  ...  "
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" ...  The main feature I was looking for was a portable router with VPN *client* access, meaning the router itself is acting as the VPN client and thus routes all connected devices through the VPN. ... Here, I finally have a highly reliable mobile router that seamlessly connects to my VPN server with the flick of a physical switch on the front of the device (can easily be configured to turn on/off multiple things), and now all my wireless devices without any configuration have a secure encrypted internet connection through my VPN.  ...  "
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" ...  - Firewall between you and the Hotel's Wired or Wireless internet, shielding you from the other guests and aggregating a single link amongst multiple machines.  ...  "
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" ...  It receives WiFi signals very well, and it transmits them just as well.  ...  "
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" ...  easy to change to a TOR router if you need too.  ...  "
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" ...  I can access this router from 192.168.8.1 and can still access my main router using its routerlogin.net portal. ... This effectively made all the devices on my network secured through VPN while not having to buy an expensive router that would have to replace my already expensive nighthawk that I don't want to fiddle with the firmware. ... Might be weird but I didn't want to lose the Netgear Genie as it makes it really easy to disable my teenager's internet!  ...  "
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Network
 34
wifi, routers, hotspot, travel router, signal
+97%
-3%
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" ...  But usually speeds were closer to 6 Mbps.  ...  "
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" ...  Work has no wifi network therefor I purchased this tiny unit and it works perfectly.  ...  "
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" ...  These are fantastic travel routers.  ...  "
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" ...  This is an awesome travel router.  ...  "
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" ...  Range is pretty good.  ...  "
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" ...  I have this plugged in-between my modem and nighthawk router.  ...  "
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" ...  Great little travel router.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent, small footprint router.  ...  "
Setup
 23
vpn, configure, router, really easy, easy to setup
+100%
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" ...  It is quite easy to configure and it’s great that the VPN can be supported out of the box.  ...  "
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" ...  Fairly intuitive setup.  ...  "
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" ...  Setup is relatively easy for anyone with router experience. ... Configuring the repeater function and vpn client was straight forward.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked great so far and fairly easy to setup.  ...  "
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" ...  The router firmware is well designed and its really easy to setup.  ...  "
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" ...  Able to connect to the device behind my router firewall.  ...  "
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" ...  Wispa mode was easy to configure.  ...  "
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" ...  You can download the OpenVPN scripts from the PIA website and the setup was very easy to get it so that the button selects whether the VPN service is running.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 23
wifi, vpn, connection, switch, hotel
+83%
-17%
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" ...  I really like this device! ... It has made sharing my LTE hotspot tether connection super easy!  ...  "
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" ...  It connects effortlessly to my home WiFi or my Verizon Jetpack MiFi when I travel. ... I don't have to manually switch connections, it "remembers" the connection and connects by itself, provided I set it up once before. ... I took it on vacation with me and it connected to the WiFi at the condo without a problem.  ...  "
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" ...  All investment was in this device and refurbished iPhone.  ...  "
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" ...  Great little travel router that has OpenVPN client support for devices connected to it. ... You can power this thing with a portable USB battery pack which can provide some mobile device protection while connected to public WIFI locations through this router (more so with VPN connection).  ...  "
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" ...  In practice I'm not sure how much of a difference you'd notice, but if you're streaming or connecting multiple devices maybe that extra .5-1 Mbps and extra RAM would be put to good use.  ...  "
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" ...  Allows me to turn off VPN when using Netflix.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this so that when my family travels, all of our devices connect to it and I simply use my phone to connect it to the hotel wifi and only have to hit the splash page on my device.  ...  "
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" ...  While in Europe, I was able to set it up so that my computer thought it was at home and I didn't have to use websites in other languages, etc.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 21
easy to use, vpn, interface, fairly, easy to setup
+100%
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" ...  Very easy to setup.rm  ...  "
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" ...  It does everything that I would ever need, with a very nice user interface:  ...  "
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" ...  With the GL-iNet settings, if the functionality you need was already thought of, bam, it's simple.  ...  "
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" ...  Works great -- really easy to use -- plenty of options and uploading OpenVPN configurations is straight-forward and functions properly.  ...  "
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" ...  Super easy to set up, super easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  Oh, and adding a privacy VPN on this was extremely easy - easier than most.  ...  "
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" ...  I wish setup was easier.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked great so far and fairly easy to setup.  ...  "
ISP
 19
vpn, connection, openvpn, mbps, internet
+74%
-26%
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" ...  Set up was a breeze and I was surfing the web on a private WiFi network that the router created for me using a Xfinity Hot Spot signal as the main source.  ...  "
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" ...  You don't get that very often with a budget router.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this mini router to act as the go-between for the Verizon hotspot and the router, rather than a laptop. ... The best news is the speed of my rural internet connection tripled. ... I was getting a consistent 6-7mbps connection using the hotspot-laptop-router connection. ... Now, using this device, I'm getting a consistent 20-22mbps conection.  ...  "
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" ...  (Client bridge on the go) heres my pros and cons.  ...  "
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" ...  A very nice minimalist router.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice little VPN client router.  ...  "
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" ...  Works great as a VPN router providing your VPN provider has a good openvpn set up or config maker. ... Over all a great travel, test or VPN router.  ...  "
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" ...  Able to connect to the device behind my router firewall.  ...  "
Features
 14
openwrt, mode, advanced, options, many
+100%
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" ...  But god forbid you have to venture into the advanced settings area with the GUI of OpenWRT, which made me feel like I was building a custom Linux distro.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple to use with some advanced features.  ...  "
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" ...  overall a great value with many features  ...  "
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" ...  This is a mature and complete system for managing this device's features.  ...  "
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" ...  Wispa mode was easy to configure.  ...  "
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" ...  It's light.  ...  "
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" ...  There are many many modes to explore.  ...  "
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" ...  - Has built in OpenWRT so you can program it to do so many things.  ...  "
Ports
 13
ethernet, lan port, usb, wan, port
+69%
-31%
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" ...  It would be nice if it had two USB ports, or built in Bluetooth, but can't complain yet.  ...  "
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" ...  I've taken it all over the world and use it to safely connect many devices through either Shadowsocks or OpenVPN tunnels using the hotel wifi.  ...  "
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" ...  This is special, in that you get a fully functional router+access point with transparent USB mass storage sharing (i.e., no modifications to the drives like many wireless "media hub" do) and both WAN and LAN Ethernet. ... Worked for all my immediate use cases out of the box, including wired and wireless access to USB storage, routing, and AP in hotels without wired connects. ... Would also love to see an m.2 slot internally to make for an ultra compact mini NAS.  ...  "
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" ...  I have this and a 1ft LAN cable along with the power cable and adapter and I fit it all into one of the AmazonBasics cases.  ...  "
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" ...  Extremely powerful micro router/computer.  ...  "
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" ...  I have it set up with both a cable modem (Comcast via WAN cable) and wireless modem (tethered ATT Mobley device via usb), and can still add a WiFi sources via WISP.  ...  "
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" ...  It's (micro-)USB powered. ... * Connect to the internet through a USB modem and allow access to multiple devices through wifi. ... * Connect to a hotel wifi through ethernet if needed. ... * Provide LAN ethernet connection if needed.  ...  "
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" ...  Stable and all tethering modes (wifi, USB, Ethernet) worked well.  ...  "
Firmware
 12
openwrt, dd wrt, ar300m, gl, firmware update
+75%
-25%
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" ...  Initially had some firmware bugs but it's gotten very stable and is easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  I emailed support and they replied within an hour that a new firmware update would fix this. ... I can confirm that after the new firmware was installed, they do indeed save your settings!  ...  "
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" ...  Combined this with the unofficial support of being able to custom roll an OpenWRT or LEDE build to do even MORE sophisticated things with this, it's a for the win.  ...  "
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" ...  The router firmware is well designed and its really easy to setup.  ...  "
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" ...  It runs a customized version of the the open source OpenWrt firmware, so it has many features and good support.  ...  "
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" ...  Depending on your skill level, I'd say DD-WRT is somewhere in between trying to configure the GL-iNet settings and OpenWRT settings, in that most things are easy, and some things are difficult but available. ... Completely unscientifically, I feel like DD-WRT is more stable and reboots less than the OpenWRT on the GL-AR300M. ... But if you need that small speed boost and don't need to use DD-WRT, the AR300M is still a fine choice.  ...  "
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" ...  I hope there will be firmware updates that will help with initially restricted networks.  ...  "
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" ...  The stock firmware is good, but it doesn't include out-of-the-box Wireguard access, except via the advanced setup interface, which is harder to use. ... I highly recommend downloading the "testing" firmware from the the gl-inet website. ... I am very impressed with the company that makes these little things because they are actively developing new firmware features for even their older hardware.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 10
worked, weeks, week, update, set
+70%
-30%
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" ...  Don't know how reliable this thing is .  ...  "
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" ...  Worked perfectly for me needs.  ...  "
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" ...  Will update after using it more  ...  "
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" ...  I found it remarkably simple to set up and it is working marvelously.  ...  "
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" ...  you will have no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Connection lasts for days or weeks without fail.  ...  "
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" ...  However, Rel 2.4 fixed that about 2 weeks later. ... However this was resolved in rel 2.5 about 6 weeks after purchasing.  ...  "
Price
 10
well, price, money, little, get
+90%
-10%
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" ...  The price is right, and features are just what I need.  ...  "
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" ...  Bottom line: a good form factor and set of functionality at a reasonable price  ...  "
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" ...  I traveled with this internationally and it was worth every bit of what I paid for it.  ...  "
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" ...  Worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  Great little device for the cost.  ...  "
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" ...  You get a lot of features for the money here, and the diminutive size is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Is the AR300M worth paying extra for compared to the MT300N?  ...  "
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" ...  for the little testing I did it worked very well, it outperforms most routers in its price range.  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  5039.37 meters
Connectivity
WiFi:  Yes 
3G:  Yes 
USB:  Yes 
Memory
Memory:  128 GB