Trendnet 450Mbps Wireless Gear
|Trendnet 450Mbps Wireless Gear|
|TEW-691GR Features and Specs|
|450Mbps TEW-687GA Adapter|
|TEW-687GA Features and Specs|
|TEW-691GR Web Interface and Setup|
|Network Performance and Final Thoughts|
Wireless networking has come a long way since the early days of 802.11b and 11Mbps networking. I remember being impressed at the flexibility when I set up my first wireless network, but the speed was always a letdown. 802.11g came along and at 54Mbps it was very impressive. Soon after, the "turbo" version of the "G" network surfaced and we saw theoretical speeds of up to 108Mbps.
Wireless networking continued to evolve and we saw the introduction of "Draft N" for a few years before 802.11n at 150Mbps became officially ratified. This was a definite improvement and eventually split off into dual-band (2.4Ghz as well as 5Ghz) networking components. 802.11n has evolved as the former standards have all but become extinct. We now see 300Mbps 802.11n networking components everywhere and Trendnet is one of the companies that are riding the edge of 450Mbps networking.
With all fairness, wireless networks are never capable of full transmission speeds - even at very close ranges. I have no expectations that the 450Mbps networking gear we have from Trendent today will reach its rated speeds. With that in mind, I do hope for very good performance as this is currently their flagship 802.11n gear.
The items we have include the TEW-691GR 450Mbps Gigabit Router as well as the TEW-687GA 450Mbps Gaming Adapter. The beauty of this "Gaming Adapter" is that once it is configured and paired, you can plug it into any device and you've got a fast way to bring wireless connectivity to any wired device - including consoles, TVs, printers and more.
First Look - TEW-691GR:
I received the TEW-691GR amidst a bundle of other packages and had a total of four projects going at the time. The ease of setup and simplicity was great as I was able to swap out my DGL-4500 in a matter of 3-5 minutes and was running the Trendnet network. The package is very simple and includes a Quick Install Guide, a CD with user manual, as well as a network cable, power adapter and the router itself.
You can tell that this isn't the largest router around - in fact it's pretty compact. It has just enough room along the back for the antennae, WAN, LAN, and power connectors. I really like the physical switches on the router that Trendnet has included for power and W-LAN. If you are going away for a while - or don't need wireless functionality - you can simply turn off the wireless with a physical switch. The power switch is also a nice touch that I actually used more than I thought I would over the past month or so that I've had the router.
On the next page we'll take a quick peak at features and specifications before we take a closer look at the gaming adapter.
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