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Asus WL-330NUL pocket router promises to be world's smallest

Asus has announced the launch of a pocket-sized router designed to allow users to stay connected while on the go.

The WL-330NUL, billed as the world’s smallest all-in-one router, is a USB-powered device that can function as a traditional router, hotspot or access point, sharing wired or wireless Internet connections to multiple devices over secure networks. And with dimensions of 6.5 x 2 x 1.5cm, a weight of just 25g and a form factor reminiscent of a USB key, it’s smaller than any router we’ve seen.

The device’s USB connectivity feature is geared towards customers who own Ultrabooks, many of which do not include Ethernet ports or other wired networking slots. Moreover, it can be set up and managed through a one-click web based administration tool.

“For customers who travel often and require connectivity on notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and even desktops at once, easy sharing adds up to major savings plus provides good quality connections that do not deteriorate when extra devices are added to networks,” the company promises.

The WL-330NUL is works with Windows 8, Mac OS and iOS, among a handful of other operating systems. It will be available in Europe beginning in February, with information about availability in other markets due to follow. The device will have a suggested retail price of $39.99 (£25), though there’s no word yet on specific UK pricing.