The Portal Wi-Fi router
Back in January, I wrote a blog detailing how one company, Ignition Design Labs, was determined to improve the Wi-Fi experience. To make that possible, the company had begun to promote its upcoming Wi-Fi router, known as Portal. That possibility is now a reality, as Portal is now available.
As I wrote previously, Portal takes advantage of spectrum that Wi-Fi networks typically do not use. The congestion that very often hinders Wi-Fi performance can thus be remedied, according to the Ignition Design Labs team.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a Portal router. Inside the box, one will found the router itself along with the necessary cables. Setup is quick and easy, as Portal is intended to work with existing Wi-Fi equipment. First, one needs to connect the Portal’s wide-area-network (WAN) port to an existing internet gateway. The next step, of course, is to power up the Portal. The free Portal app then needs to be downloaded. This app guides users through the setup process step-by-step. The entire process is completed in very little time.
An alternative approach allows Portal to be setup via a WebGUI. However, since almost everyone has a smartphone nowadays, most will probably choose to download the app. In fact, the ability to control Portal from a smartphone is a nice benefit. The app displays how many guests and devices are currently connected to a network, along with other features.
An additional feature of Portal concerns its antennas, which are located inside the case. This makes the router look nicer aesthetically and allows it to fit into tight locations.
The reviews have been very positive so far, with people reporting faster speeds. In my short time using Portal, speed tests did appear to reveal better performance in comparison to my previous Wi-Fi network. I hope to write a follow-up in the near future that describes Portal and its performance in more detail.
In the meantime, those looking for a gift this Christmas may want to consider Portal. It can now be purchased from Amazon.