Ever realize how hotel Wi-Fi has not improved over the last five years? If anything it’s only gotten worse with all the extra devices trying to connect. Here at CES, Buffalo has released the solution: the AirStation AC 433 Wireless Travel Router. This unique pocket-sized device turns a hotel ethernet cable into a wireless router for the entire family.
AirStation AC 433 is such a simple concept, and yet genius. Simply plug in the hotel ethernet into the device, and a micro-USB (which is always easy to rummage up) for power, and you have your very own Wi-Fi. You’ll never have to pay for multiple Wi-Fi connections again.
The miniature device is capable of 802.11ac speeds, which is probably faster than your home router. There’s a switch so you can toggle between a 5 GHz band and a 2.4 GHz band. It’s backward compatible and will work with just about any Wi-Fi device. It’s also a whole lot safer than connecting to the hotel Wi-Fi since it comes with its own wireless encryption.
Another convenient feature of the AirStation AC 433 is that the Wi-Fi credentials are always the same, so all you have to do is plug it in and your devices will connect immediately.
While this isn’t technically a brand new innovation for the market, we’re impressed with the size, speed, and simplicity. We can’t wait to put an end to the flakiness, costliness, and vulnerability of hotel Wi-Fi. The Buffalo AirStation AC 433 will be available in Q2 for a price that should fall under $59.99.