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  • Convert a public network (wired/wireless) to a private Wi-Fi for secure surfing.
  • Simultaneous dual band with wireless speed 300Mbps (2.4G) + 433Mbps (5G).
  • Sale ends 9/8 or while supplies last.
  • Our research indicates that GL.iNet GL-AR750 Travel AC Router is $9.50 lower (23.5% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $40.49 at the time of this posting. -StrawMan86

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GL.iNet GL-AR750 Travel AC Router, 300Mbps(2.4G)+433Mbps(5G) Wi-Fi, 128MB RAM, MicroSD Storage Support, OpenWrt/LEDE pre-installed, Power Adapter and Cables Included

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Last Edited by jkloisdafoiwdaf September 5, 2019 at 09:37 PM
Be aware that this device is not DFS certified, so it can't be used on channel 52 – 64, 100 – 140

https://docs.gl-inet.com/en/3/tro...oting/faq/
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For 2.4GHz, you can choose channel 1 to 11.
For 5GHz, you can choose channel 36 to 48, 149 to 165. Our routers don't support DFS Channel 52 to 140.

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I have the lower model also (2.4GHz only), and am very happy with it. I didn't get the 5GHz one because it was about twice as much and when I connect to networks (hotel, rv park), it's always 2.4GHz, though own stuff can do 5, I didn't need the speed.

Some reviews on the 5GHz model implied that it cannot simultaneously connect to an external 5GHz network, plus be a 5GHz network for you. In other words it could only do one or the other. I'm not sure if that is true of this model.

For the 2.4GHz one that I used, it really did the job well, is small and inexpensive. One reason I got it.. a hotel/condo where I own a unit has a 'captive network.' This means that after you connect, it brings up its own login page first, and you have to go past that for the actual internet connection to be enabled. (usually click OK to terms, sometimes also using a login/password). Some devices (like Apple TV) don't support this at all, so are useless. But with this device, once I got the box online, all my stuff (Apple TV, laptop. Nintendo Switch) all could connect to my local net with no problems. Note that you need to enable some settings to support the captive network -- by default it won't work. That's intentional because a network like that looks like a security risk, and you need to disable a security setting to let it bring up the login page. (Sorry don't remember the setting but it is on their website forum.)
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Yes you can bridge it to the hotel's wifi and get access to the captive portal, be sure to turn off DNS Rebinding Attack Protection. it will prevent you from getting to portal. You can turn it on after you auth the portal.
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I have an older version that only supports 2.4gz networks. It's really easy to use, log in select how to connect to wan, what is the lan and done. You can see the status of the wan and connected devices, it can do Wireles to Wireless, Wireless to cable, cable to Wireless, Tethering to Wireless, etc all combinations plus VPN client that you can enable with a switch on the side.

It has full dd-wrt in a advanced sub menu, but not required for basic set up
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Anyone have this and can comment on its performance and ease of use?

I have the hootoo Titan that seems to be on its last legs and I am looking to replace it.

I travel a lot for work and would use this extensively in a hotel where I connect to the hotels WiFi and only need to navigate through the hotels login screen with one device after which all other devices could connect directly through the travel router. I assume this one has this feature.
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comes with openwrt. nice.
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Anyone have this and can comment on its performance and ease of use?

I have the hootoo Titan that seems to be on its last legs and I am looking to replace it.

I travel a lot for work and would use this extensively in a hotel where I connect to the hotels WiFi and only need to navigate through the hotels login screen with one device after which all other devices could connect directly through the travel router. I assume this one has this feature.
I have an older version that only supports 2.4gz networks. It's really easy to use, log in select how to connect to wan, what is the lan and done. You can see the status of the wan and connected devices, it can do Wireles to Wireless, Wireless to cable, cable to Wireless, Tethering to Wireless, etc all combinations plus VPN client that you can enable with a switch on the side.

It has full dd-wrt in a advanced sub menu, but not required for basic set up
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I have the lower model also (2.4GHz only), and am very happy with it. I didn't get the 5GHz one because it was about twice as much and when I connect to networks (hotel, rv park), it's always 2.4GHz, though own stuff can do 5, I didn't need the speed.

Some reviews on the 5GHz model implied that it cannot simultaneously connect to an external 5GHz network, plus be a 5GHz network for you. In other words it could only do one or the other. I'm not sure if that is true of this model.

For the 2.4GHz one that I used, it really did the job well, is small and inexpensive. One reason I got it.. a hotel/condo where I own a unit has a 'captive network.' This means that after you connect, it brings up its own login page first, and you have to go past that for the actual internet connection to be enabled. (usually click OK to terms, sometimes also using a login/password). Some devices (like Apple TV) don't support this at all, so are useless. But with this device, once I got the box online, all my stuff (Apple TV, laptop. Nintendo Switch) all could connect to my local net with no problems. Note that you need to enable some settings to support the captive network -- by default it won't work. That's intentional because a network like that looks like a security risk, and you need to disable a security setting to let it bring up the login page. (Sorry don't remember the setting but it is on their website forum.)
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I have the lower model also (2.4GHz only), and am very happy with it. I didn't get the 5GHz one because it was about twice as much and when I connect to networks (hotel, rv park), it's always 2.4GHz, though own stuff can do 5, I didn't need the speed.

Some reviews on the 5GHz model implied that it cannot simultaneously connect to an external 5GHz network, plus be a 5GHz network for you. In other words it could only do one or the other. I'm not sure if that is true of this model.

For the 2.4GHz one that I used, it really did the job well, is small and inexpensive. One reason I got it.. a hotel/condo where I own a unit has a 'captive network.' This means that after you connect, it brings up its own login page first, and you have to go past that for the actual internet connection to be enabled. (usually click OK to terms, sometimes also using a login/password). Some devices (like Apple TV) don't support this at all, so are useless. But with this device, once I got the box online, all my stuff (Apple TV, laptop. Nintendo Switch) all could connect to my local net with no problems. Note that you need to enable some settings to support the captive network -- by default it won't work. That's intentional because a network like that looks like a security risk, and you need to disable a security setting to let it bring up the login page. (Sorry don't remember the setting but it is on their website forum.)
I used the older version last month at a hotel with Captive Portal internet. I was able to bypass that by following instructions over here. https://docs.gl-inet.com/en/3/tro...ve_portal/
I had no issues connecting using VPN (Which also can be configured via the router itself)
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These are great travel routers! I used to have a HooToo and one or two others, but there's just no comparison between those and GL.Inet, especially if you're a network geek and like to tinker (though you don't have to).

One of the best things about the dual band versions like the one here is that they allow config access via wireless even before it's connected to an upstream wireless network (in WISP/repeater mode) - this wasn't possible with some of the older single-band models, which required a cable connection for config. This can be connected to an upstream network and managed via phone/tablet - no laptop needed.

Regarding performance, it depends on the upstream connection of course, but using OpenVPN in WISP/repeater mode I see around ~7-10Mbps with this model. Using the newer/faster Wireguard VPN protocol I can easily get 20+Mbps. I've seen specs quoted as high 20Mbps OpenVPN and 80Mbps Wireguard for this model, possibly with a wired upstream connection (which would give higher performance than WISP repeater)
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I have the GL-AR750S (slate color) and have had horrible experiences with it at hotels. It never stays connected to the hotel WiFi. I've tried cloning the MAC from my phone, turning off the 2.4GHz, turning off the 5GHz. Just keeps dropping the signal and reconnecting. I've tried updating the firmware to the latest version, replacing individual files in the file system, adding packages in the advanced firmware (OpenWRT/LEDE) etc... I pretty much gave up on it at the end of my last week long trip and just connected all my devices directly to the hotel's WiFi. I've used it at multiple different hotels and have experienced the same issues. It could just be the "S" version, but with that one at least there's definitely bugs the devs need to work out.
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I have the model in the OP and it has worked well for us in hotels and even on a Carnival cruise. On the cruise ship, I had to first sign in with a separate wireless device (phone), then had to clone phone's MAC address into the router. This rendered the phone useless for the remainder of the trip
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I also have the 2ghz only model. When using hotel portals, can it connect to hotel wifi via 2.4gz and repeat/bridge on to 5ghz?
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it would have been great if it had a retractable AC power plug on the side (that way you don't have to bring the transformer with you)
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I also have the 2ghz only model. When using hotel portals, can it connect to hotel wifi via 2.4gz and repeat/bridge on to 5ghz?
Yes, it can bridge between 2.4ghz and 5ghz networks
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I have this and it just worked great last month on a trip to Asia. Not a lot of travel routers support OpenVPN, but this one does. Used it with PIA and it worked great. Can configure the switch to enable/disable the VPN, which can be handy. To get it to work with portals, I had to disable DNS rebind protection, but that was the only hiccup I had.
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