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TRENDnet Ships World's Smallest Wireless N USB Adapter

TRENDnet Ships World's Smallest Wireless N USB Adapter

Take a look at this USB dongle. Seen it before? You probably have, but from another company and for another purpose. Logitech's Unifying USB receiver looks a lot like this little guy, and it's possible that they actually use the same enclosure. But Logitech's unit is there to connect wireless peripherals to a PC. This one connects whatever PC that it's in to a Wi-Fi network.


It's TRENDnet's latest peripheral, and they're calling it the world's smallest Wireless N USB adapter. And while we have seen quite a few Wi-Fi adapters over the years, we can't recall a single one any smaller than this. The ultra compact form factor measures just 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches (1.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 cm), and when it's plugged into a computer's USB port, it extends just 0.3 inches from the edge. The idea is to let users leave it plugged in all of the time, so they don't ever forget to bring along their Wi-Fi adapter.

There's also a WPS button for one-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup. The only issue we see is this: every modern day laptop ships with Wi-Fi. Even low-end netbooks have integrated Wi-Fi. So who needs this? Users of laptops that are 8+ years old? If so, you'd think they would have already sprung for a Wi-Fi adapter, but if not, this one is currently shipping for $39.99.

 TRENDnet® Launches World's Smallest Wireless N USB Adapter

150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter TORRANCE, Calif. -November 9, 2010-TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the world's smallest 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter, model TEW-648UBM. The ultra compact form factor measures a remarkable 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches (1.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 cm).

When plugged into a USB port, the adapter extends a scant 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) from the edge of the computer. The adapter is so small that users can stow a laptop with the adapter plugged in, without worrying about damaging the laptop or the adapter.

This adapter is also the only product in its class that features a convenient WPS button. One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup, or WPS technology, eliminates the hassle of entering complicated codes in order to connect to a wireless network. Simply press the WPS button on a compatible router (most TRENDnet routers feature a WPS button), then press the WPS button on TRENDnet's 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter, confirm that you want to connect, and you're connected.

"The TEW-648UBM eliminates size constraints when using wireless adapters. On-the-go users no longer have to worry about leaving their adapter plugged into their laptop." stated Sonny Su, Technology Director for TRENDnet. "As well, the addition of a WPS button makes it really easy to connect to WPS enabled routers and access points."

The 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter, model TEW-648UBM, has an MSRP of U.S. $39.99.

This product is currently shipping to TRENDnet's online, retail, DMR, and distribution partners.
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This seems like it would be good for people who have wireless N routers but only b/g in their laptops or devices.

I have two concerns:

1) At that size, it can't have much of an antenna. How does it perform at distance?

2) Did they achieve this size reduction by removing chips from the device and creating the wifi equivalent of a winmodem? If it uses much CPU or requires a driver that won't be available for anything but Windows, then it's useless for mobile Android/Linux devices.

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