Linksys' Wi-Fi travel buddy

It doesn't exactly guarantee you hours of fun on your business trip, but Linksys' new travel adaptor will at least help you get some online work done

It doesn't exactly guarantee you hours of fun on your business trip, but Linksys' new travel adaptor will at least help you get some online work done in the comfort of your hotel room.

That's because, like Apple's Airport Express, the WTR54GS lets you create a Wi-Fi hotspot simply by plugging it into the mains and a phone line. You can then access the connection either wirelessly, or via Ethernet if you're lacking a Wi-fi lappie.

It's smaller than most travel routers, and lets multiple wireless computers access a single Internet account. That means you could invite your business chums up to your room for a wild, web-surfing party after an invigorating Powerpoint presentation.

Set-up is also apparently a doddle thanks to its SecureEasySetup (SES) technology, which - with one push of a button on the router - will sort all the WPA (Wi-fi Protected Access) security configurations that usually have to be painstakingly entered by hand. Unlike Linksys' previous offering, it also has a built-in power supply so there's no transformer to faff about with.

Linksys' WTR54GS is now shipping from the official site for the £80, nine quid cheaper than an Airport Express.

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