Performance Analysis and Conclusion
Performance Summary: We record notable improvements in both range and transfer speeds using the TEW-631BRP in conjunction with the TEW-621PC, versus a standard 802.11g connection. The synthetic tests recorded a maximum theoretical connection speed to the host machine, peaking at 100Mbps, as it should. In our real world transfer test, we saw performance more than double that of the 802.11g connection and we are confident there is more headroom available. In terms of range, we recorded significant increases in distance compared to 54Mbps, which will also help maintain faster, stronger signals within closer ranges of operation.
Initial setup and technical support matters aside, the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router and TEW-621PC Wireless CardBus turned out to be a solid wireless combination. There is little to comment on with the TRENDnet TEW-621PC Wireless CardBus other than that it installed easily, worked quickly and without error. The meat of this review focused more so on the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router, which was loaded with features and options, making it a versatile solution for a broad range of environments. The TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router sports a sleek look that is backed by a slew of features accessible through a comprehensive web client. With access to too many features to list, the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router can fit into virtually any environement and provide the options to truly hone the network to your needs. The only thing that would make this product better is making the four LAN ports Gigabit ready rather than providing stock 100Mbps connections. Aside from that, this router proved to be quite capable and delivered significant improvements in performance in comparison to more common 54Mbps connections. With personal users increasing the demands on their networks with Media Center PCs, multiple computers, VOIP and streaming media, the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router and TEW-621PC Wireless Card are a good fit to help ensure a smooth experience. With improved wireless bandwidth, advanced configuration options and a well organized web interface, both the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router and TEW-621PC Wireless CardBus help deliver the powerful features users need without over complicating the process for less saavy users.
For those who are looking to update their home network with new features and improved wireless speed and range, the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router and TEW-621PC Wireless CardBus won't break the bank. The TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router weighs in at a respectable pricepoint of around $80. The TEW-621PC Wireless CardBus, on the other hand, can be found for around $60, with both products priced on par with competitive solutions. While we haven't had the opportunity to compare either product to solutions from Linksys, D-Link or Netgear, we can say, in our experience, that the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router and TEW-621PC Wireless CardBus delivered enough performance ans has plenty of features to allow us to comfortably recommend it. Anyone looking to upgrade their network should have no hesitation adding the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Firewall Router and TEW-621PC Wireless CardBus to their short list for consideration.