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Cheapest Portable Wireless AP/Router

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1 Cheapest Portable Wireless AP/Router on February 1st 2012, 2:20 am

Have a project that requires some portability? Want a Wireless repeater in the middle of a field? Want to carry an access point in your bookbag?

Well, I spent some time looking at portable router solutions that went over the 70$ range. I said screw that, I'm *not* one to pay that much for a simple solution. So I grabbed a used WG602 v2 Wireless AP unit (and frankly abused) 2 cell phone batteries, and some wire. 4.2 volts seems to be the minimal voltage this PCB can run at, I had 4.1 volts going through it and it wouldn't budge, it would turn on, but wouldn't interface with anything... Weird... Anyways, it runs a *tad* bit warmer than what I would like, but whatever, it was something I whipped up in about 10 minutes in the kitchen.

I have noticed that the internal antennae has *greatly* compared to running on the power supply. About 15 feet more actually, the only side effect is the small increase in heat, which you can feel is moderately warm on the bottom, other than that... Runs better than what it was, which is pretty awesome considering it lasts for around 4 hours.

I've seen 2 manuals for this device, one claimed 4.2 volts at 1.2 amps, and another claims 12 volts at 1.2 amps... I'm guessing the 12 volt is the actual correct one. Oh well, guess I'll need a better battery for my next build Razz .









Yeah, I ran through the board, I wanted to do a quick and dirty solder to the internals, but it was the strangest thing, all of the connectors near the input ran to unexpected areas, my meter's been a bit haywire since that PSX project though, so maybe I just need a new one. But this mod is so easy, anyone can make it really.

Instructions

Take 2 cell phone batteries rated at 3.7 volts and hook them in series. I would recommend that you have somewhere along the lines of 1.2 Amps. connect them to an adapter (I'd recommend splitting it into 2 cords and wiring it through the grill), the polarity is positive on the inside, and negative on the outside of the said adapter (to those who don't know), and there you have it, for something so cheap, you get an actually kinda useful device.

My apologies if anyone thinks that I haven't taken much consideration into the hardware aspect of this hack, I'll put more into my next build when the hardware costs more than 12$. BTW, to anyone reading this, don't buy from compuvest, they're selling these things at 50+$ a pop, that's crazy. Mad Unless I read that wrong, then my bad compuvest.

Anyways, stay safe, and it's not my fault if you screw this up.


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2 Re: Cheapest Portable Wireless AP/Router on April 30th 2012, 6:13 pm

Hey I wanted that!!! What happened to mine?


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3 Re: Cheapest Portable Wireless AP/Router on May 2nd 2012, 10:37 pm

I have a better router model I was planning on giving you, since this is more of an access point, than for anything useful. Problem is, I've run out of money/time with finals at college around the corner. Once I've finished though, I'll work on yours.


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