Trendnet Gaming Wireless N Adapter Review
Console Gaming has always been a much larger industry then the PC gaming world. This being the case it is remarkable to see only a handful of companies making console gaming peripherals. When it comes to the more serious and one would say ”important” peripherals such as networking applications the list of companies shrinks even more. TRENDNET heard the call and answered with the brand new wireless N gaming adapter. Let’s get a closer look at this products and see how well it performs.
Provided By: TRENDNET
Specifications and Features:
- Wi-Fi compliant with IEEE 802.11n standard
- Backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11b devices
- Connects network-ready game consoles including Nintendo Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 to a high speed wireless n network
- Supports online gaming and head-to-head play
- Supports Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology
- Easy setup with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) feature
- Maximum reliability, throughput and connectivity with automatic data rate switching
- Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2 and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
- Low interference and high susceptibility optimize performance
- Easy user setup wizard and intuitive Web browser configuration
- Coverage of up to 50 meters indoor, 100 meters outdoor *
- 3-year limited warranty
|Standards||IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)|
|LED Indicator||WPS, WLAN, LAN, Power|
|Power Consumption||Standby mode: 160mA (max) ; Transmit mode : 210mA (max)|
|Supported OS (for Wizard)||Windows 2000/XP(32/64-bit)/Vista (32/64-bit)|
|Supported Browser||Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, Netscape 7.0 or above, Safari, Firefox|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||70 x 100 x 20mm (2.75 x 3.9 x 0.8in.)|
|Temperature||Operating: 0° ~ 40° C (32° ~ 104° F); Storage: -20° ~ 60° C (-4° ~ 140° F)|
|Humidity||5% ~ 95% max (non-condensing)|
|Frequency||2.412 ~ 2.472 GHz|
|Antenna||Built-in 2 antennas|
|Data Rate (auto fallback)||802.11b: 11Mbps, 5.5Mbps, 2Mbps, and 1Mbps
802.11g: 54Mbps, 48Mbps, 36Mbps, 24Mbps, 18Mbps, 12Mbps, 9Mbps and 6Mbps
802.11n: up to 150Mbps (TX)/300Mbps (RX)
|Output Power||802.11b: 18dBm (typical)
802.11g: 15dBm (typical)
802.11n : 11dBm (typical)
|Receiving Sensitivity||802.11b: -84dBm at 11Mbps
802.11g: -73dBm at 54Mbps
802.11n: -69dBm at HT20/HT40
|Encryption||64/128-bit WEP (Hex & ASCII), WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (AES/TKIP)|
|Channels||1~11 (FCC), 1~13 (ETSI)|
Instead of testing the wireless adaptor like we normally would with two computers we decided to go with a more realistic applications. We did the setup on the computer then played Halo 3 with both a hard wired connection and a wireless N adaptor and took note of the “bars” that show up in Xbox Live.
First of we will talk about installation: if you have any experience with networking equipment the setup will be very simple if you are very technologically inept and can’t even install your own software than you may want to ask for assistance. Over all the entire process was very simple and the majority of users could easily breeze through it in a matter of a few minutes.
Once we hooked the hard wire up gaming was nice and smooth, almost always green bars, and normal waiting periods between games. When we switched over to the wireless N there was a few more occasions of dips into the yellow and red zones but this is to be expected because there is a lot more that interferes with a wireless signal then a hard wire. We did not have the proprietary Xbox 360 adaptor on hand to test against but overall the Trendnet Performed extremely well and gaming was very enjoyable. If you don’t have the skill to hardwire or your Xbox is in an un cableable location then the wirless N gaming adaptor from Trendnet will be the right choice for your situation.
So what is my thoughts on the whole wireless video gaming experience? Great, the best part about this adapter is that it is not just for Xbox 360. You can use it with Wii, PS3, PS2, Xbox, and whatever else has an Ethernet port and it will save you a mint on proprietary peripherals. The fact that the Trendnet is wireless N over a lot of other the peripherals peak power of wireless G, means that not only is it a better fit for ALL your consoles, but it is also better than the very expensive proprietary choices.
Would I recommend this product? No question about it, almost everyone can use this product in one way or another and it is very small and easily moved from location to location and setup is very simple. Kudos to the people at Trendnet for another fantastic product.
- Compatible with almost anything
- Compact design
- Good performance
- It’s black and would look good with your PS3
- Might not be for tech illiterate grandmas (joke)