ASUS unveiled a device at CES 2013 that went largely unnoticed: a wireless router approximately the size of a thumb drive. ASUS is calling the WL-330NUL the "world's smallest USB wireless router," and we haven't seen any other products that would rebut this statement.
This pocket-sized router includes an Ethernet port, a fold-away USB port for power and emits an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi signal. At 65 x 20 x 15 millimeters with a weight of only 25 grams, this router can easily fit inside a bag or pocket, bringing fast Wi-Fi to any location with a wired Ethernet connection.
The USB port, however, provides the ultimate freedom for portability. There are no additional power cords or AC adapters required to set up this Wi-Fi hot spot. The WL-330NUL can run directly off a laptop, filling the entire room with Internet for all your other devices. The pocket router can also be used directly as an USB Ethernet adapter for notebooks that lack a built-in Ethernet port.
The price for the WL-330NUL wireless router has not yet been announced, but it should be available this month, according to an ASUS press release (opens in new tab), and Expansys is currently taking pre-orders for this new product. Since the price is not yet available, there are no order cancellation penalties in the event of a higher than expected price.