TRENDnet Announces TEW-680MB 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N HD Media Bridge

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News Posted: Fri, Oct 28 2011 4:52 PM
TRENDnet is betting that you have multiple wireless media devices in your house, and that you stream media to them. The TEW-680MB is designed to make streaming to those devices a better experience with 450Mbps capabilities (when used with an adequate router, such as (notes the below press release) the TRENDnet TEW-692GR.

The TEW-680MB lets you connect on either the 2.4GHz band or the 5GHz band, and you can connect it to your router with a one-touch button. The bridge (which has an MSRP of $169.99) can handle up to four devices with the four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back.


TRENDnet® Now Shipping First to Market 450 Mbps Dual Band Wireless N HD Media Bridge
TRENDnet releases the first solution to network up to four media center devices over a high speed 450Mbps wireless connection
TORRANCE, Calif.-October 27, 2011-TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the first to market 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N HD Media Bridge, model TEW-680MB.
With the proliferation of streaming HD video over the Internet into the home, wireless network loading has never been greater. TRENDnet's TEW-680MB provides the highest wireless connection speeds available for up to four media center devices such as media players, gaming consoles, Internet televisions, and NVRs. This high performance product helps ensure that the wireless component of an overall network does not produce lag or jitter when wirelessly streaming HD movies and more to a media center.

Dual Band technology provides the option of connecting either over the common 2.4 GHz wireless network or over the low interference 5 GHz network. A popular network configuration when connecting to a Dual Band router is to dedicate the router's 5 GHz band to the TEW-680MB and the 2.4 GHz band to laptops and mobile devices. The TEW-680MB needs to be connected to a 450Mbps router, such as TRENDnet's TEW-692GR, in order to maintain 450Mbps wireless speeds. If the TEW-680MB is connected to a 300Mbps router, the router will bottleneck wireless speeds at 300Mbps.
An external Wi-Fi Protected Setup or WPS button connects the TEW-680MB 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 (such as TRENDnet's TEW-692GR) and then press the WPS button on the TEW-680MB. The devices will automatically exchange information and connect over a secure encrypted wireless signal. WMM® Quality of Service (QoS) technology further prioritizes streaming video, gaming, and Internet calls.Connect up to four devices to the four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back of the TEW-680MB. LEDs on the front of the wireless bridge convey device status.

"The TEW-680MB meets real market demand and completes TRENDnet's 450Mbps wireless ecosystem," stated Zak Wood, Director of Global Marketing for TRENDnet. "Other brands only offer a 450Mbps router. However you also need a 450Mbps wireless adapter or bridge to maintain 450Mbps wireless speeds. TRENDnet is the only brand to offer 450Mbps routers, adapters, and bridges which empower users for the first time to create a whole-home 450Mbps wireless network."

The 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N HD Media Bridge, model TEW-680MB, comes with a three year limited warranty and is currently shipping to TRENDnet's online and retail partners.

TEW-680MB MSRP: U.S. $169.99
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Very nice... My console gets a really crappy wireless signal even though it is only about 50 feet as the crow flies from my wireless router. I believe it has something to do with it sitting on the floor. My laptops get an awesome single in the same room and further away. One of these might be just what the doctor ordered.

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