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Trendnet TEW-687GA 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter Review
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Written by Andrew McMaster   
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tew-687ga 450mbps wireless n gaming adapterIn this day and age a stable and fast internet connection is a must have especially for the MMORPG players out there. This is where your modem, routers and adapters come in. Trendnet does a great job providing for your needs in this regard. Today we will be looking at Trendnet’s newest release the TEW-687GA otherwise known as the 450mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter to see how it handles your connection needs.

Provided by: TRENDNET
Price: $156.62


Closer Look:


Features and Specifications:
TRENDnet’s 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter, model TEW-687GA, networks gaming consoles, televisions, and DVRs to the Internet with an ultra-high performance 450Mbps wireless connection.

 


•    1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN port
•    1 x Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button
•    1 x Reset button
•    Diagnostic LEDs
•    High performance wireless n data rates of up to 450Mbps
•    Wi-Fi compliant with IEEE 802.11n standard
•    Backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11g/b devices
•    Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK wireless security
•     Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) Quality of Service (QoS) data prioritization
•    Supports Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology
•    One-touch wireless security setup using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button when connecting to a WPS supported device
•    Maximum reliability, throughput and connectivity with automatic data rate switching
•    Easy user setup wizard and intuitive Web browser configuration
•    Coverage of up to 50 meters indoor, 100 meters outdoor *
•    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 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, and IEEE 802.11n
Interface         1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN ports
LED Indicator     Power, LAN, Wireless, WPS
Power    12V DC 0.5A power adapter
 Buttons     Reset button – restores factory default settings WPS button – enables WPS function
Power Consumption   4.5 watts (max)
Dimensions (LxWxH) 60 x 118 x 135 mm (2.4 x 4.6 x 5.3 in.)
Weight 153 g (5.4 oz.)
Temperature  Operating: 0° ~ 40° C (32° ~ 104° F)
Storage: -20° ~ 60° C (-4° ~ 140° F)

Humidity Max. 90% (non-condensing)
Certifications CE, FCC

Wireless
Frequency 2.412 ~ 2.472
GHz Data Rate (auto fallback)
•    802.11b: up to 11Mbps
•    802.11g: up to 54Mbps
•    802.11n: up to 450Mbps
Output Power
•    802.11b: 18dBm (typical)
•    802.11g: 15dBm (typical)
•    802.11n : 13dBm (typical)
Receiving Sensitivity
•    802.11b: -84dBm (typical)
•    802.11g: -72dBm (typical)
•    802.11n: -69dBm (typical)
Encryption 64/128-bit WEP , WPA/WPA2-PSK
Channels 1~11 (FCC), 1~13 (ETSI)

tew-687ga 450mbps wireless n gaming adapter

 

TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router:
•    High-speed data rates of up to 450Mbps using an IEEE 802.11n connection
•    IEEE 802.11n/b/g compliant
•    4 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN ports
•    1 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN port (Internet)
•    On/off power switch
•    On/off wireless network switch
•    1 x Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button
•    One touch wireless connection using the WPS button
•    Compatible with most popular cable/DSL Internet Service Providers using Dynamic/Static IP, PPPoE, L2TP, and PPTP connection
•    Advanced firewall protection with Network Address Translation (NAT) and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
•    Access restriction with Internet Access Control: MAC, Protocol, and Domain filtering
•    Virtual server and Application Level Gateway (ALG) services for special Internet applications
•    Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for auto discovery and support for device configuration of Internet applications like RTP/RTSP, SIP, FTP, TFTP, NTP, and SMTP
•    Multiple pass-through sessions for popular VPN applications (IPSec, L2TP, and PPTP)
•    Advanced QoS support includes: Uplink speed control, IP prioritization, and Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)
•    Complete wireless security with WPA/WPA2-RADIUS, WPA /WPA2-PSK, and WEP
•    3- year limited warranty

 

Hardware
Standards   

•    Wired: IEEE 802.3 (10Base-T), IEEE 802.3u (100Base-TX), IEEE 802.3ab (1000Base-T)
•    Wireless: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
LAN    4 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX port
WAN    1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX port
WPS Button    Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) connects with other WPS compliant devices
WDS    Enable/disable Wireless Distribution System support
LED Indicator    Power, WLAN, LAN, WPS
Power Adapter    12V DC, 1A external power adapter
Power Consumption    450mA (max.)
Dimension (L x W x H)    148x 180 x 32mm (6.2 x 7.1 x 1.0in.)
Weight    289g (10 oz)
Temperature    Operation: 0°~ 40°C (32°F~ 104°F)
Storage: -20°~ 60°C (-4°F~140 °F)
Humidity    Max. 90% (non-condensing)
Certifications    CE, FCC

Wireless
Frequency    2.412 ~ 2.472 GHz
Antenna    3 x 4dBi fixed dipole antennas
Modulation    OFDM: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK
Data Rate 

•    802.11b: up to 11Mbps
•    802.11g: up to 54Mbps
•    802.11n: up to 450Mbps
Security    64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2-RADIUS
Multiple SSID
Output Power   

•    802.11b: 11dBm (typical)
•    802.11g: 15dBm (typical) 802.11n: 15dBm (typical)
Receiving Sensitivity  

•    802.11b: -84dBm (typical)
•    802.11g: -72dBm (typical)
•    802.11n: -69dBm (typical)
Channels    2.4GHz : 1~11 (FCC), 1~13 (ETSI)

Testing:
For the testing we will be checking the (transfer status) for the TEW 687GA Wireless N Gaming adapter against the Wireless card in a laptop, 2 rooms away which is roughly 15 Feet away.


Trendnet TEW-687GA:             Link Quality 89% with 51% Signal Strength
Laptop’s wireless network card:        54.0Mbps with 4 bars

Conclusion:
After fully exploring the Wireless N Gaming adapter I am impressed. It offered a nice boost to my connection speeds not to mention the link stability increase. Something else I liked about it was the easy to use WPS button which quickly does a factory reset. What is there else to say really it does a great job at what it supposed to do, improve your internet signal while maintaining a stable signal and here Trendnet continues its reputation for doing all of this with the Wireless N Gaming Adapter.


Would I recommend this product? Yes most definitely. It’s easy to setup and does the job very well.

Pros:

  • Easy, intuitive setup
  • Improved connection
  • Game console, BlueRay player, connection

 

Cons:

  • None that come to mind

 


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