TRENDnet Releases TEW-680MB Wireless N Media Bridge

TRENDnet Releases TEW-680MB Wireless N Media Bridge

It's certainly not the most beautiful thing we've ever thought about putting in our networking cabinet, but then again, has networking gear ever been beautiful? TRENDnet has just released a new 450Mbps dual-band wireless N media bridge, with the first introduction occurring at Computex in Taiwan. The TEW-680MB networks computers, gaming consoles, televisions, and DVRs to the Internet with never before seen 450 Mbps wireless connection speeds. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports allow users to easily connect all networked media center devices to the Internet over a high performance network.

It supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections, and an external Wi-Fi Protected Setup or WPS button connects this wireless bridge to a router at the touch of a button. It's slated to go on sale in late fall in the U.S. for $169.99.

TRENDnet Demonstrates a 450 Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Media Bridge

TORRANCE, Calif.- June 1, 2011-TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today from COMPUTEX Taipei, demonstrates the first 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-680MB.

The 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Media Bridge networks computers, gaming consoles, televisions, and DVRs to the Internet with never before seen 450 Mbps wireless connection speeds. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports allow users to easily connect all networked media center devices to the Internet over a high performance network.

Dual Band technology provides users the option of connecting media center devices to the common 2.4 GHz network, or to the 5 GHz network, which typically offers less interference from competing networks and wireless devices. A popular network configuration when connecting to a Dual Band router, such as TRENDnet's 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router (model TEW-692GR), is to assign the low interference 5 GHz band to media center devices, and the 2.4 GHz band to computers and peripherals that are typically only able to connect using the single band 2.4 GHz frequency.

An external Wi-Fi Protected Setup or WPS button connects this wireless bridge to a router at the touch of a button. Gone are the days of entering complicated encryption codes; simply press the WPS button on your router (most TRENDnet routers have a WPS button), and then press the WPS button on the TEW-680MB-the devices will automatically exchange information and connect over a secure encrypted wireless signal. WMMŽ Quality of Service (QoS) technology prioritizes gaming, Internet calls, and video streams. LEDs on the front of the adapter convey device status.

"TRENDnet's 450 Mbps media bridge will be the third 450 Mbps wireless adapter that we launch to market," stated Zak Wood, Director of Global Marketing for TRENDnet. "This product affirms our performance and technology leadership position in the wireless category."

The 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-680MB, comes with a three year limited warranty and an MSRP of U.S. $169.99.

The target availability date for the TEW-680MB is late fall, 2011. 
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Is HH planning on doing any reviews on this type of equipment. I am planning on running a Cat 6a wire up to my family room because my wireless signal is pretty good up there and but I need something faster to plug into my PS3 that only supports G wireless. I would like to know how well these types of units work. Obviously even though there are 4 gigabit ports they are still limited by the wireless speed where straight Cat 6a would not be since it would be plugging into a gigabit router.

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I will say one thing on Trendnet as I use one of there wireless/Wired B,G,N/Gigabit routers and have for quite some time. My first one lost connectivity wirelessly after a year and a few months (it was the wireless switch). The wired still worked just fine. They replaced it free of charge completely even with free shipping in both directions. I have not had any issue's with it, I have used it in three locations, and have always ranked within the top two highest (generally even if any other wireless network is near it in throughput) throughput as reported by several different wireless monitoring utilities. There internal utilities have always been good for me as well. The only negative I could give them is none of the solo or open source firmware's have ever shown them as supported, and I have looked many times just because I was curious. I have never really needed one either though as the stock or company updated firmware has always been sufficient.

My Mom also has a D-Link (which she bought solo) while it works the throughput ratio has never been very high at all. It has never been anywhere near my Trendnet (generally not even half) although it does work. I have updated it and maintained it but these things have never changed to any amount really. As for Linksys from personal experience even though it is owned by Cisco the updates to there functionality has never seemed sufficient to me which I find very strange for Cisco. Maybe they have better devices now I don't know because as far as personal use it has been several years now since I gave up on Linksys.

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Beyond the question of anyone being able to intercept the signal? AT that price there should be at least two units for those that dont have a router!

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