But why have a modem when you can have a portable hotspot?
The ZyXEL MWR222 pocket-sized wifi router has a rechargeable battery, so it doesn’t need to be plugged in all the time – and, more importantly for me, it’ll keep working during brownouts. It also works with any regular 3G modem, so can be used to re-broadcast a 3G connection as wifi. (Most rival routers are not carrier-dependent: they only work with a particular telco’s 3G modem.)
And it’s only 10cm x 7.5cm, or thereabouts.
On the software side, there’s the usual router configuration tools, built-in firewall, etc. It’ll failover seamlessly from a DSL/cable connection to 3G if the former fails. A nice touch: the device monitors data usage and will issue an alert if the 3G modem is approaching the carrier data limit.
In addition to the modem connections there are spare USB and Ethernet ports for wired access to the network, or for additional upstream internet connections.
The MWR222’s little sister, the MRW211, is much the same but with fewer ports. That’s already available selling on Amazon US for just $83.90. ZyXEL has a significant presence in Thailand so should be selling them in the region. As I write, it’s only 326 days to Christmas. Can I have either please Santa?