Okay, this isn’t my usual kind of entry, but it’s too good a deal not to share. The national retail chain CompUSA is having a super sale on a device you can’t afford to pass up if you take your laptop with you when you travel. Until January 21, you can buy the NetGear WGR101 Wireless Travel Router for a net price of $9.99 after rebates! This gadget has a normal retail price of about 80 bucks. It creates a mini wireless signal from a wired Ethernet cable. So if you find yourself in a hotel room with only a wired cable on the work desk (or if you have a terrible wireless signal from the main hotel carrier), you can plug the Ethernet cable into this tiny box and use your laptop’s wireless connection to work from your bed or the sofa or anywhere else in the room. Unchained at last from inconvenient work desks!
You may be able to tell from my excitement that I travel on business a lot. Bad placement of Ethernet connections and power outlets is a pet peeve when I have a lot of work to do in my room and it’s late.
Admittedly, this isn’t directly related to webinars, but I have found myself doing a web conference from a hotel room on more than one occasion. Not a practice I would recommend, by the way. You can’t control noise, phone charges can really mount up, and connection speeds are not the greatest at most hotels. But sometimes circumstances dictate less than perfect conditions for our presentations. Having everything well planned, prepared, and practiced can remove a lot of the anxiety and tension associated with these kinds of webcast situations.
Oh, by the way... I am not associated with NetGear or CompUSA and I have no professional or financial interest in either company. I never recommend products, vendors, or services based on kickbacks or commissions. In this particular case, I rushed out and bought this unit for myself when I saw the sale, but I haven't yet had a chance to try it out, so I can't give you any information on how well it does what it says it's supposed to. But I'm willing to gamble a ten-spot to test it. I will say that I liked the little carrying case that came with it. It includes a power adaptor and RJ45 patch cable with the main box, all in a compact and lightweight kit that will easily slip into a briefcase or travel bag. Nice design!