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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.