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TRENDNET TEW-651BR Greennet Wireless N Router Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:N7FMRBwMVKEyWM:http://www.coolcomputing.com/images/trendnet-tew-651br.jpgElectronics have caught a bad rap lately, and to be honest even though I am in the electronics industry even I can tell you there is no industry that leads to more waste than the electronics industry.  Not speaking in reference to the manufactures but more so of the end user.  Ask yourself this: how many pc’s, laptops, iPods, and TV’s have you been through in your life time? Some of you anti-technology people out there may be able to say one are two, but chances are most of you won’t be reading my site which is why I feel perfectly fine saying tree hugging hippies in several of my reviews. That being said I live in one of the most hippie rich cities in the world and to be honest I have nothing but love for environmentalists. If it wasn’t for the David Suzuki’s of the world we wouldn’t have the information about global warming we have today. Because of this mass paranoia we have a new “green movement” which is great! Honestly how many companies would bother going “green” if it wasn’t fashionable and gave you government breaks? Probably very few, one thing I will say about TRENDNET is this: their products have always been as environmentally friendly as an electronic device can get and as such they went one step further than just being RoHs compliant they have found ways to make their new Green net line of products even more…well, green! Let’s take a look at the new TRENDNET TEW-651BR Greennet Wireless N Router:

Provided by: TRENDNET

Price: $29.99

Closer Look:

Specifications and Features:


The 150Mbps Wireless N Home Router delivers the highest level of security with 6x the speed and 3x the coverage of wireless g products. Quickly install the router and use it with TRENDnet wireless n adapters to receive the full benefits of wireless n speed and coverage.

The latest in wireless encryption and a secure firewall protect your valuable data. Router setup is fast and intuitive. Wireless Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. Seamlessly stream HD media, download files and surf online with wireless n speed.

 

  • Wi-Fi compliant with IEEE 802.11n and IEEE 802.11b/g standards
  • 4 x 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN ports
  • 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN port (Internet)
  • GREENnet technology reduces port-based power consumption
  • Compatible with most popular cable/DSL Internet service providers using Dynamic/Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP and L2TP
  • High-speed data rates of up to 150Mbps with IEEE 802.11n*
  •  Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) connects wireless clients at the push of a button
  • Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-RADIUS and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
  • Internet Access Control (MAC Address, Domain and IP Filtering)
  • Ea­­sy remote management via Web browser
  • Firewall features Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Application Level Gateway support for Internet applications such as email, FTP, gaming, remote desktop, Net Meeting, Telnet and more
  • Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) Quality of Service (QoS) supported
  • Simple setup via Web browser using the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari
  • Works with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems
  • Energy Star certified external power adapter
  • Indoor range up to 100 meters (330 ft.) depending on the environment
  • Outdoor range up to 300 meters (980 ft.) depending on the environment
  • 3-year limited warranty

*Maximum wireless signal rates are referenced from IEEE 802.11 theoretical specifications. Actual data throughput and coverage will vary depending on interference, network traffic, building materials and other conditions.

 

Hardware
Standards IEEE 802.3 (10Base-T), IEEE 802.3u (100Base-TX), IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
WAN 1 x 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX WAN port (Internet)
LAN 4 x 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN port
WPS Button Enables Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) function
Connection Type Dynamic IP, Static (fixed) IP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP
Supported Web Browsers Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, Firefox, Safari
Internet Access Control MAC Address Filter (20 entries), Domain/URL Filter (40 entries), Protocol/IP Filter (20 entries)
LED Indicators Power, Status, LAN1 - LAN4, WAN, WLAN
Power Supply 5V DC, 1.2A external power adapter
Power Consumption 3.5 watts (max)
Dimensions
(LxWxH)
150 x 110 x 30mm (5.9 x 4.3 x 1.2in)
Weight 225g (7.8oz)
Temperature Operating: 0° ~ 40°C (32° ~ 104°F)
Storage: -10°C ~ 70°C (-14° ~ 158°F)
Humidity 10% ~ 95% max (non-condensing)
Certifications CE, FCC
Wireless
Frequency 2.412 ~ 2.484 GHz ISM band
Antenna 1 x 2dBi fixed dipole antenna
Module Technique 802.11b: CCK (11 and 5.5Mbps), DQPSK (2Mbps), DBPSK (1Mbps)
802.11g: OFDM with BPSK, QPSK and 16/64-QAM
802.11n: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM with OFDM
Media Access Protocol CSMA/CA with ACK
Data Rate (Auto Fallback) 802.11b: up to 11Mbps
802.11g: up to 54Mbps
802.11n: up to 150Mbps
Output Power 802.11b: 15dBm (typical) @ 11Mbps
802.11g: 15dBm (typical) @ 54Mbps
802.11n: 13dBm (typical) @ 150Mbps
Receiving Sensitivity 802.11b: -85dBm (typical) @ 11Mbps
802.11g: -68dBm (typical) @ 54Mbps
802.11n: -62dBm (typical) @ 150Mbps
Encryption 64/128-WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2-RADIUS
Channels 1-11 (FCC), 1-13 (ETSI)

Testing:

In order to test the TRENDNET TEW-651BR I decided to go into my basement with the router on the main floor and focus just on connectivity to the router rather than throughput We would previously use AIDA 32 for this test but since our change to Windows 7 64bit this made poor AIDA obsolete. I tested the TRENDNET TEW-651BR against the Dualband TEW-639GR from TRENDNET the reason of this test is to see what benifits there are to going full fledged dualband over standard wireless N. Here re the results:

Greennet TEW-651BR: 65Mbps at 5 Bars

Dualband TEW-639GR: 130Mbps 5 Bars

 

Conclusion:

I have been using the TRENDNET TEW-651BR Greennet Wireless N Router for over a week now and I have been running download that cut out completely and do not resume if there is a break in the connection. Thankfully my ISP held out for this test but the TRENDNET TEW-651BR Greennet Wireless N Router stayed online for the entire time I had no drop outs or weird connection issues. My other dualband router I was using previously doesn’t have the ability to boast the same reliability. I have had to recycle the router almost daily but it is getting old and has been running for a long time so I can cut it some slack. Overall the TRENDNET TEW-651BR Greennet Wireless N Router performed great and it will be permanently replacing my old router.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, it was easy to setup and has a ton of functions. The only thing I liked with the previous TRENDNET router was the hard switch for the wireless. There are some very paranoid people out there that still think people are trying to steal their credit card numbers even if the wireless is disabled. I have had some interesting captain conspiracyesque customers in my shop in the past and having that switch made them feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So for every one else that is n ot wearing a tinfoil hat this should be a great router for you.

Pros:

  • Incredible Price
  • Fast
  • Easy to Configure
  • Very Super Green

Cons:

  • No Hard Switch for Wireless for our Tinfoil Hatted Friends

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