Trendnet shrinks Draft N wireless router

Trendnet shows off its smallest router that supports the Draft N wireless standard, thus addressing a shortcoming of many pocket routers.

Wireless N Travel Router
The 300Mbps Wireless N Travel Router from Trendnet. Trendnet

Wireless routers that fit in your pocket have been around for a long time (I especially like the Windy31 , though it's a little peculiar). However, while convenient and cool, they share the same shortcoming: the lack of support for high-speed Draft N wireless.

Trendnet on Thursday ended that trait by introducing a 300Mbps Wireless N Travel Router, model TEW-654TR.

Measuring merely 2.5 inches by 3.25 inches by 0.75 inches, the TEW-654TR is arguably the world's smallest router that supports the Draft N specification, offering wireless speed up to 300Mbps (as opposed to 54Mbps of existing mini wireless routers).

The 300Mbps Wireless N Travel Router comes with a convenient carrying case, a thin 3-foot long Ethernet cable, an electrical adapter, and an alternate USB cable to power the router from a computer. This is nice feature since it spares you from having to carry the power adapter.

The TEW-654TR features an internal antenna design and one 10/100Mbps WAN port to support any broadband modem as well as other CAT5-based network inputs. The router supports the latest wireless encryption and advanced multiple input multiple output (MIMO) antenna technology. This promises to deliver high-speed wireless connectivity and long range in signal coverage.

For the first time, you can travel light without having to compromise the network performance. The new mini router TEW-654TR is slated to be available by early March and will cost about $90.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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