The TP-Link TL-WR702N nano router is a small 2.4Ghz single port wireless router that can be powered either via the included AC adapter or via USB. TP-Link claim it to be capable of connecting wireless clients at 150Mbit/s, however since this is only a single stream device it would require a 40mhz channel width (that’s 2 “normal” WI-FI channels bonded together) in order to do so. On a normal 20Mhz channel you will actually only get 65Mbit/s.
Although the TL-WR702N is sold a wireless router It’s probably not really worth buying for use as a router unless you happen to want a particularly tiny router due to it’s lack of range and single Ethernet port when compared to full size routers.
What I believe is FAR more useful is the TL-WR702N’s “Client mode” capability. This function allows you to configure the TL-WR702N to connect to an existing wireless network and then provide connectivity to whatever is attached to the Ethernet port. This is useful for things like internet enabled TV’s or STB’s that often lack wireless capabilities but have a wired Ethernet port for various IPTV/Video on Demand services.
See below for screenshots of the UI/Client Mode
Note: The TL-WR702N does not have DHCP enabled by default you need to manually set your IP to 192.168.0.xxx to access it.
Note2: Whilst there is a quick setup wizard I no idea if it’s any good I decided to avoid it since past experience of “setup wizards” has left a sour taste.
Initial screen after login: (The default username = admin password = admin)
Mode Select: Note: WPA2 Enterprise is supported in AP mode but not in client mode… Still not really a problem for most Home networks.
Changing Modes will require a reboot.
Enter the settings of the parent AP you want to join, The Survey button allows you to select the AP which will then fill-in the SSID/MAC for you.
Don’t forget the Security settings or it won’t be able to connect.
The password is shown in plaintext how naughty!
The survey mode screen that shows after pressing the “survey” button clicking connect will pre-populate the SSID and MAC address on the wireless settings screen