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Trendnet Mini Wireless N Speed Adapter USB Dongle Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:EPQxLlKrQ-kxmM:http://nexus404.com/Blog/wp-content/uploads2/2009/09/TRENDNet-TEW-648UB-Mini-Wireless-N-USB-Adapter-detail.jpgTechnology is getting smaller and smaller all the time at the rate cell phones are going I will be punching numbers in with a pin and the whole cell phone with be smaller and thinner than my credit card. Okay so maybe that is a slight exaggeration but with all the technology we have to carry around on a daily basis size does matter we can’t be carrying duffle bags just to be productive. Companies like TRENDNET have seen a market and catered to it. I was very impressed with their line of dual band wireless N Dongles when they first came out because of how compact they were. Well, TRENDNET have outdone themselves again with the Mini N Speed Wireless N Dongle; this thing is only slightly bigger than a nickel, can it withstand the taxing needs possible to keep productive or is it just a cheap marketing ploy? Let’s find out: Provided By: TRENDNET

Price: $37.56

Closer Look:

 

 

 

Specifications and Features:

 

  • Wi-Fi compliant with IEEE 802.11n standard
  • One-touch setup with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support
  • High speed USB 2.0 interface
  • Supports Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology
  • Backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11b devices
  • Supports Ad-Hoc (Client-Client) and Infrastructure (AP-Client) Mode
  • Maximum reliability, throughput and connectivity with automatic data rate switching
  • Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-Radius and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
  • Low interference and high susceptibility provide reliable performance
  • Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) Quality of Service (QoS) supported
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000 operating systems
  • Easy user setup and intuitive diagnostic utility
  • Coverage of up to 50 meters indoor (160 feet) and 100 meters outdoor (320 feet) *
  • 3-year limited warranty
Hardware
InterfaceUSB 2.0
StandardsIEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11n
LED IndicatorActivity, WPS
WPS ButtonEnables WPS connection
Power ConsumptionReceive mode: 290mA (max) ; Transmit mode : 320mA (max)
Supported OSWindows 7 (32/64-bit)/ Vista (32/64-bit)/ XP(32/64-bit)/ 2000
Dimensions (LxWxH)33.9 x 17 x 7mm (1.3 x 0.66 x 0.27in)
Weight3g (0.1oz)
TemperatureOperating: 0° ~ 40° C (32° ~ 104° F); Storage: -10° ~ 70° C (14° ~ 158° F)
Humidity10% ~ 95% max (non-condensing)
CertificationsCE, FCC
Wireless
ModulationOFDM, DSSS
AntennaBuilt-in on board antennas
Frequency2.412 ~ 2.484 GHz
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: 150Mbps (TX) / 300Mbps (RX)
Output Power802.11b: 15dBm (typical)
802.11g: 14dBm (typical)
802.11n: 12dBm (typical)
Receiving Sensitivity802.11b: -76dBm (typical) at 11mpbs
802.11g: -65dBm (typical) at 54Mbps
802.11n: -61dBm at 150Mbps
Encryption64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-RADIUS, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Channels1~11 (FCC), 1~13 (ETSI)

 

Testing:

IN order to test the Trendnet Mini Wireless N Speed Adapter Idecided to go into my basment with the router on the main floor and focus just on conectivity rather than throughput. I tested the Trendnet Mini Wireless N Speed Adapter against the TEW-624UB from TRENDNET. Here re the results:

Mini N Speed: 72Mbps at 5 Bars

TEW-624UB: 130Mbps 4 Bars

Conclusion:

Of course the N Speed is not Dualband Wireless N like the comparative dongle the main reason was to check the gain on each of the units. To put it in perspective for you: dual band is capable of a theoretical 300Mbps and the single band should be able to achieve 108 Mbps I was using a Trendnet wireless n dual band router on the main floor. Even thought the dualband dongle was significantly higher for speed it was significantly further down the line as far as ratio to max potential goes. This is because in order to achieve full potential from dual band you need a very good line of sight.Over all the little N Speed did way better than I thought such a tiny USB dongle could. Internet speeds were very snappy and gaming latency was barly effected over hardwired. Overall I will suffice to say that the Mini N Speed is Staying in my rig and the long cumbersome Cat5 is going bye-bye. 

Would I recommend this product? Yes, I love TRENDNET and its products I have had little to no issues with any of their products. The company prides itself on quality and anytime a bug seems to surface they have a version 2 on the market very quickly with any issues fixed. I have the version 1 of a few of their products and I personally haven’t had any issues to speak of other than a few router problems because I dropped the thing by kicking the cables under my desk more than just a couple times. I have to admit though since I rewired everything in the new office I have only hand to power cycle once and that was due to a modem issue, so like Timex the Trendnet products take a licking and keep on ticking.

Pros:

  • Price
  • Quality
  • Simple Installation
  • Compact
  • No Latency to Speak of 
Cons:
  • So Tiny you Might Lose it

 


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