GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 Mini Travel Router, Repeater Bridge, 300Mbps High Performance, 128MB RAM, OpenVPN/Wireguard Client/Server
- 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 (not included). 39g (1.41 Oz) only and pocket friendly.
- OPEN SOURCE & PROGRAMMABLE: OpenWrt pre-installed, USB disk extendable.Flie Sharing for usb stick and hard drive.
- LARGER STORAGE & EXTENDABILITY: 128MB RAM, 16MB Flash ROM, dual Ethernet ports, UART and GPIOs available for hardware DIY.
- OPENVPN CLIENT & TOR: OpenVPN client pre-installed, compatible with 20+ VPN service providers.
- PACKAGE CONTENTS: GL-MT300N-V2 mini router (1-year Warranty), USB cable, User Manual. Online guide: https://docs.gl-inet.com/en/3/setup/mini_router/first-time_setup/
Capacity: V2 (MTK7628NN SoC)
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I needed a wired connection to the Hue bridge as I have been using my phone as a hot spot at my home for 5 years now and has worked great for me. So I needed something to go from my wireless hot spot to wired connection but also I have about 12 smart home devices and at times the odd one would not connect. I worked out that my hotspot would only accept about 7 devices. So in comes this little router I connected it to my hot spot, that's one connection and called it a separate network then hooked all of my smart home devices to the mango router and plunged in the Hue bridge as well, so now everything is going through the little router which is not much bigger than a match box and my phone hotspot is showing only one connection now so job solved, I also streamed some movies as well through it with no drop outs so what a ripper.
WISP repeater , extender, AP, Client mode, wired router - tick
2 Ethernet ports - tick
Network wide VPN/Adblock - tick
USB port for shared storage or USB modem tether - tick
Chromecast functionality over a hotel sign in WiFi - tick
Power by USB AC Adapter, powerbank or notebook/desktop/tablet USB port - tick
This unit replaced my TP-Link WR802n with it's proprietary software and lack of support for OpenVPN.
Need a repeater or AP at home? Need to share a USB key full of videos while travelling with the kids? Need to tether a 4G USB modem?
The Mango is a fantastically versatile little unit. From creating a WISP or hardwired firewalled sub network on a public network to give that added protection, to adding VPN or adblocking to all your devices that traverse it, the Mango is basically a full OpenWRT router in a package smaller than your hand. Easily power by numerous low powered sources, the Mango can be used in places where you'd never use a full sized router. Of course, because of it's size and power consumption it's never going to be a powerhouse home router but that's not what it's intended for.
Also bought an Optus branded Huawei E3372H USB 3G/4G modem to use but was initially disappointed it wasn’t recognised. Found you need to change the default IP address of the router from 192.168.8.1 to something else as that is the same as used by the Huawei, I used 192.168.2.1 since my home router is 192.168.1.1.
Once you do that plug in the Huawei and it still doesn’t show as a 3G/4G modem but if you look closely at the options it does show as a USB tethered device and when you select this it works like a bought one.
Range is pretty good, I can connect from several rooms away and still get good performance so should be fine in a hotel room.
Hope this helps anyone wondering if this is worthwhile.
Power it on (either through a travel plug with USB or a battery pack) log in to the admin portal from my mobile once connected to its wifi and then connect it to the wifi it was to share - didn't matter whether there was a secondary login, simple username/password or web page to authenticate, it would just work.
Within minutes all our devices were connected as if we were at home, no need to get each device to authenticate, log in to the hotel/public wifi - it just worked.
Would completely recommend to anyone who travels with multiple devices and want to have your normal wifi up and running in seconds.
1. Plug it in
2. Connect to the wifi this box sets up via 192.168.8.1
3. Select repeater
4. Select network to repeat for
5. Enter credentials for the wifi network
6. Save and apply
7. Move it around the house
Now google speaker works in the far corner of the house
The unit is so tiny but does it’s job
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The features you get for a tiny £20 box are incredible.
It may be advertised as a travel router and it works very well as one, but that is just the tip of the iceberg...
I use mine mainly at home as an OpenVPN router to push any traffic I need through NordVPN servers.
It sits behind my BT SmartHub and connects directly from its WAN socket into one of the BT Hub's LAN sockets via a short ethernet cable and is even powered from the 0.5amp 5volt USB port on the rear of the BT router.
It is very easy to setup with NordVPN .ovpn config files from their website. I have tried a few VPN providers but have found Nord to be the best in both value for money (if you pay for 12 months upfront then it is seriously good value) and for the shear number of servers in so many different countries. It is also extremely reliable and fast. It works with GL.iNet products like this one seamlessly.
I have also used this router as a WiFi extender/repeater which works extremely well (far better than expected) and also allows you to use Open VPN configs while doing so which is really handy. It is mega useful if you need to use a free hotspot or free hotel wifi connection while traveling and secures your data and gets around website and usage blocks. If you are outside your home country and want to access content restricted by location (like TV or News streaming like BBC iPlayer from the UK) or want to access content at home from a different country then this has you covered by using OpenVPN configs to route you through the country of your choice.
It is great for plugging a USB drive into for sharing files securely over your network from it.
I have also used the smartphone tethering and 3G/4G modem features which are both a great feature for securely using and/or sharing a mobile data connection.
It uses very little power and so with the addition of a USB power bank it makes it easy to have setup anywhere. I have a 10,000mah Juice brick and it keeps it running for several days solidly.
If you want to delve deeper into the advanced settings then there are a ton more options, features and plugins already pre-installed and also available to download to upload to and use this device for more advanced and specialist uses.
I know that you can open the case and access plenty of other connections for other uses. I think there is even an external antenna socket inside on the PCB that is useable.
I did own a previous version/model of a GL.iNet router a couple of years ago and at the time it was unreliable and was prone to crashing and connection issues.
I am VERY happy that they have addressed all those issues and every feature I have tried on this model over the past 3 months work perfectly and with the latest firmware all have been resolved 100% and this is now a solid piece of kit that is in my opinion a must have device even if you only use it as a simple travel router.
Finally... They have just released the full latest revision of the firmware for these boxes to download and install OTA and I have just let it upgrade to the version 3.011 from 2.xxx and it really improves on everything. It is more streamlined, easier to use and even more feature packed. This has made this £20 box even more powerful and useful.
I can't recommend this device highly enough! It will change how you use the internet. It does the job of boxes that can cost you 10x the amount of money just as well.
Monta LEDE firmware (basato su OpenWRT) in tutta la sua potenza... sotto alla semplice interfaccia web c'è anche l'interfaccia aggiuntiva Luci con cui si possono gestire molti altri parametri (per chi lo desidera). Anche fermandosi all'interfaccia "semplice", si possono gestire tranquillamente i profili OpenVPN e far sì che il proprio dispositivo si colleghi a un server remoto (praticamente qualsiasi provider è supportato, io per esempio l'ho testato sia con VPNSecure che con Getflix... alcuni file di configurazione potrebbero necessitare lievi modifiche).
Ciò consente di proteggere la navigazione di TUTTI i dispositivi della propria LAN. Se usate un servizio che include SmartDNS, come Getflix, una volta configurati i server DNS vi permette anche di aggirare le restrizioni geografiche di vari siti esteri (es. BBC iPlayer). Include persino un tastino fisico per attivare/disattivare la VPN.
Basterà poi installare i seguenti tre pacchetti (sempre da interfaccia web) per avere anche il blocco pubblicitario integrato:
Il blocco pubblicitario è gestibile e configurabile direttamente dall'interfaccia Luci.
Per chi ne ha necessità, si può anche fare login tramite SSH. Insomma, ha molte più funzioni rispetto al D-Link DIR-810L che usavo prima, costa meno e la copertura wireless è pure migliore.
The product packaging was good and everything you need to get started is in the box. What I got in the box:
1 x GL-MT300N-V2 Mini Travel Router
1 x 1 USB Power Cable
1 x RJ-45 Flat Ethernet Cable
1 x User Manual
The tiny router is connected via the its WAN port directly to a LAN port on my BT Hub5 router. The cool thing is that it takes its power via USB so its gets it power directly from the USB port on the back of my BT Hub5 this makes it a very clean and tidy setup. The software is nice and simple and is easy to use and play around with. I downloaded the VyprVPN openvpn config file and uploaded it to the router. Selected my preferred location and connected pretty quickly. The only thing that is missing from this device for me is to be able to disable the VPN to specific devices on the network. At this stage I have to use my BT Hub5 for all my devices that don’t need connecting to the VPN on that network while are other devices that require VPN access now connect to the tiny router. It’s not that much of a big deal over all but it’s nice to be able to manage all network devices on one single router than having devices connected to 2 separate routers which doesn’t helps with network management and network security over all.
I have been using the router for a few weeks now and honestly I have not seen any disconnections or network latency. I have done several network tests after setting it up and I was get accurate speeds that reflect the same speeds I get from my BT Hub5. I actually cant believe this tiny router has such great performance. Once switched over to VyprVPN the speeds test reflect a solid 12Mbps download speed and 7Mbps upload speed needless to say I was very impressed. The VPN speeds are slightly faster that my damaged VPN router which cost me around 150 pounds. If you are using this device just for VPN, this is a all or nothing router, either all devices connected to the tiny router are connected to the VPN or none are connected if the VPN is turned off.
* Good Quality
* Easy Setup
* Supports OpenVPN
I personally haven’t had any issues with this device. I would have like to be able to manage all my devices on one network, but this more a personal want and not any fault the software or the device.
This is an awesome device and I can’t believe what you get for the price. I am not using this router as a travel companion but as temporary VPN router while my router is getting repaired. It’s been a life saver for me and I would highly recommend this router if you are looking for a travel router or a static VPN router at home or even in a small office environments.
So I've configured it as a repeater, which means it will attach to a wifi network and then I use the wifi it creates for my devices. I've added a couple of VPN configurations (courtesy of Windscribe) and bookmarked the router's admin page in my phone. (So you plug it in, give it a minute to boot, log into its admin page, scan for networks, pick the one you want and provide the password and, once that's done and a connection established, you can connect your devices to the router's wifi instead of the local one.)
It's powered off a standard 5v 1a USB connection so you can potentially just plug it into your laptop and have a secured connection in a few seconds.
And it's tiny.
My next project is to get a little wallet thing that it can travel in. It's amazing, and at the price, astonishing.
This review is being written on my phone, connected to the internet via this little beauty. Just so you know. :)
This results in pretty much a certainty of failure, but it might take you a while to work out the problem. Once it's pointing to working nodes it's superlative.
I meant this to provide VPN protected wifi when I am travelling. After 4 hours of fiddling I'm pretty much out of ideas how to make it work.
The instructions are pretty basic. Following them gets you online and connected, albeit merely as a bridge. The problems arise when you try to configure VPN.
Again, the instructions are basic. Download a *.ovpn file from your provider. Import the file to the router. Enter user and PW. Enable it and go.
In my case I've used SlickVPN, and Bob is most definitely not my uncle. The thing dies, or disconnects, (make sure you disable "connect automatically" on other Wifi networks or your hardware will run to that Momma when the GL.iNet wobbles and falls over). Usually it just sits about and has inactivity timeouts.
When I find out what's the issue with it I'll amend this review. I'm open to comments as well.
The set-up is simple (there are a number of youtube videos online if you need help) and highly intuitive. An example: let's say you want to add a VPN.
1 - Go to your VPN and download the .opvn config for the server you want to use
2 - Go to the OpenVPN tab on your web browser, after accessing the router.
3 - Drag and drop the .opvn file into the space indicated in the UI - in your Browser.
4 - Enter username and password supplied by your VPN supplier in the pop-up that appears.
That simple. As to speeds: As with my main router, I get 50 mbps without open VPN and with, due to the processor, about 12mbps. Plenty for streaming media and most other uses.
GL is an excellent company that offer fast replies to queries. They also have a VERY active community on their forums (Google GL.iNet forums before you buy if you want a look.
For the money, highly, highly recommended
Oh! This one is bright yellow. Whats not to like
Configuring it is easy. You can have it connected to a wireless hot spot, an Ethernet port or you can hang it off your phone as a more performant hot spot than typically built in. I had it running in a couple of minutes, and configuring it for my VPN service took not much more. I will not pretend you need no networking knowledge to set this up, but you really do not need much - if you know what a VPN is, and have ever configured one on another device, doing so on this will probably easier than any other router you have tried: get the .ovpn configuration file (how you do that varies with your service), drag and drop it to the right page on this device's web config page, add your user and password details and it's done. There is even a tiny slider switch you can configure on the outside to switch the VPN on and off if you do not want, or for some reason are not able, to use the web interface.
Under the covers, this runs the open source OpenWRT router software pre-installed but with the manufactures own simplified web management interface. As a bit of a geek about such things, I was fully expecting to have to dive under the covers to do what I wanted, but in fact the out of the box interface is really good. I have rolled my sleeves up for fun a few times and played around with standard OpenWRT stuff and it all works exactly as expected. This really is one of those best of both worlds pieces of software that beats that found on routers costing 10 times as much.
So what is the catch? Really I have not found one. Obviously from the physical size of this and lack of external aerials you do not expect WiFi that will go for miles and through thick walls - but it is better than I expected. It propagates the signal as well as the router from my ISP, and it happy connects to that router's signal a couple of rooms away. As a physical Ethernet access point/router, it only has two ports which might limit it a bit for some uses (the same manufacturer I note have devices with more ports, but I've not tried them), but for the use case I have that is not an issue at all.
I am really happy with this little device - so much so I brought another one.
This is a fantastic router if you want to set up a VPN for privacy. This router can manage the VPN and you just attach your devices to it (by ethernet or wifi). I've used NordVPN which it supports very happily (and Nord supply the config settings to import to the router - I only had to enter username and password and it worked). Some VPN providers are going to be easier to set up than others. In my case I changed to NordVPN because it was simpler, and they are they offered what I needed at a fair price. (N.B. GL Tech have no association with Nord, it just seemed like people have found they play nicely together, but that's just one of many so you certainly are tied to one provider.) If you are especially attached to a specific VPN, perhaps for work, or because you've already paid for a year of service, then you may wish to search to check how best to set up. The bottom line is that it almost certainly will be technically possible, but more an issue of whether you want it to "just work" or are happy to spend a few hours playing about with it.
The functions are very flexible. It needs a USB adapter for power (most people have spare ones from old phones/tablets). It doesn't seem to draw much power so you won't need a special high current one. I've been running this a few months now and it seems reliable, rarely needing a reboot. It has had regular firmware updates, which are easily installed (don't worry if you've never done this sort of thing before - just a few clicks and suddenly you have new features!)
Do make use of the support forums for this product. Many questions are already answered, but the manufacturer seems pretty active there, responsive to questions and feature requests.
After my own happy experience, I bought another and installed it at my parents' house where their Virgin SuperHub was being rather less than super. This has proved far more reliable than the SuperHub (which is now acting as cable modem), and the firewall actually does what it is told! Parents aren't tech savvy and just want it to work. It does. Job done.
It doesn't have the strongest wifi signal in the world, so depending on your location you may need to boost it. But this is a mini router, so I really can't complain. An external aerial version is available, or you can "upgrade" this. There are markers for where you'd drill out the plastic to insert the external aerial, but I've not found the need, and prefer the smaller package.
It has 4 modes, but the default "Router" mode is what I needed. In this mode, this little box creates it's own private WiFi network for my devices. At the same time the box itself is connected to another (public) WiFi network AND an OpenVPN server - giving all of my devices internet access in a really secure way.
But the really neat thing is this: because it creates a private WiFi network (instead of just repeating one) nobody else on the public network can stream to my Chromecast. They can't interrupt my programs, or even spy on my YouTube playlist. They aren't on my network at all, this little box just passes my data through their network and that's it. Really cool.
I've been running this thing a couple of days and it's working fine. The speed takes a hit of course, since my data is now being passed over two WiFi networks and a VPN server, but it's still very usable and even streaming HD video works. The WiFi signal is rock solid, though it is closer than the public router, my devices stay connected to it happily. It also has an Ethernet port, so my computer can use that instead of a USB WiFi adaptor! So far, very very good.
I did have a couple of minor issues to start though...
Firstly, the device wouldn't reboot after I first logged in and changed some settings - it just sat on the "rebooting" screen without actually doing anything. I cut the power eventually, and it started up again and has worked perfectly ever since (including rebooting when asked). A little worrying but it worked out fine.
Secondly, it wouldn't gain internet access when I first connected it to the external WiFi network. I read a little, and I think it might have been a captive portal problem. I turned off the "DNS Rebinding Attack Protection" and voila it started working. I have since turned that option back on and it's still working.
Finally, I noticed that my computer appeared to be leaking DNS requests outside of the VPN, when connected to this device via Ethernet. This problem didn't occur for WiFi devices (including the same computer when connected over WiFi instead!). I poked around and tried the "Override DNS Settings for All Clients" option which instantly fixed the problem.
That's about it I think.
Oh.. and it's definitely worth mentioning that this device allows you to change it's MAC address, hostname, and SSID all from within the admin panel (though I did have to dig quite deep for some). So if you really need to go the "security through obscurity" route, you can fly pretty far below the radar with this little yellow friend.
In conclusion, it's truly a great little device, and for the price it's absolutely unbeatable.
Yellow Mango FTW!
However when I configured OpenVPN, I realised it was only bluemoon that I ever got speed over 6mbps (my OpenVPN server is on 10GB backbone link, and a direct connection usually gives me full capacity of my broadband i.e. around 70 mbps). I was getting around 60 mbps from my OpenVPN client on my Windows machine. So I did some research & found out that CPU in this little thing is only 580 mhhz single core, not powerful enough to process VPN packets quick enough hence limiting the speed between 5 mbps to 8 mbps. Without VPN, it's amazing & works pretty good. The WiFi range is not that great but still very good for a small house or flat.
So if you want fast speed on VPN, then this is not a router for you, I'd suggest choosing one with a CPU over 1 Ghz (my recommendation would be 1.6GHz or more), but that means spending loads of money. Otherwise this little piece of art is a great product.
It was unexpectedly easy to set up. The instructions were simple and the router software is the most professional and useable that I have ever known for a router. I have used major brands and they tend to be adequate but bare-bones. This even provides performance graphs showing what is going through where and how fast. The average user might dismiss them, but when the system is slow, or if you have a sneaky virus or some manufacturer is spying on you, with common sense, you can see where the trouble might be. A valuable tool, even for the novice user.
Tested so far:- Direct connect to main router and feeding internet to connected PC and phone, just like your main router does.
Wirelessly as above.
Reading external hard drive wirelessly that is plugged into its USB port. Very handy when travelling and not wanting connecting leads to PC.
That covers my needs, but there might be more to discover.
I eventually got the mini router to work, in the end the problem was very straightforward, my USB type C cables were not strong enough to provide USB tethering. I got a USB type C from an 10.5" tablet and tethering worked perfectly without any 3rd party software. It does everything! 5 Stars!!
There's a basic Wizard to get you up and running, but while the default settings may be OK for many, isolating devices to a different IP range than the main router stopped my devices talking to each other. Secure, yes, useful, not for me.
Trying to work out how to configure this device for my needs has, frankly, got me stumped. The manufacturer needs to put better, and clearer, guides on their site.