8 Outdated Gadgets You Must Toss

6. Travel routers
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6. Travel routers

A few years ago, travel routers were all the rage. These palm-sized gadgets connected to the Ethernet feed in a hotel room and let you share the connection over Wi-Fi. They worked well because, once you pay for broadband in your room, or need to share a high-speed connection at a tech conference, you can avoid carrier fees for a data connection. The problem is that Wi-Fi is now much more prevalent—and it is often free. Libraries, restaurants (including the Perkins where I am working now), and may other public places offer wireless already, so the bring-your-own concept is outdated.