Trendnet introduces first 450Mbps wireless gaming adapter

Trendnet adds a gaming adapter to its 450Mbps Wireless-N networking portfolio.

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Trendnet's first 450Mbps gaming adapter, the TEW-687GA.
Trendnet's first 450Mbps gaming adapter, the TEW-687GA. Dong Ngo/CNET

LAS VEGAS--If you plan on getting one of those new 450Mbps wireless routers and access points from Trendnet, such as the TEW-691GR or the TEW-692GR, you'll need wireless clients or adapters that can take advantage of the new higher speed.

Today the company announced a product of the sort, something it calls the "first 450Mbps Wireless-N gaming adapter," the TEW-687GA.

This is a wireless device that adds wireless capability to Ethernet-ready devices, such as computers, gaming consoles, televisions, media players, and so on. Traditionally, these devices have required a network cable to connect to a network.

Gaming adapters like this, also known as wireless bridges, have been on the market for years since the early days of wireless networking. The TEW-687GA, however, differentiates itself from the rest by being one of the first, if not the first, to offer a ceiling speed of up to 450Mbps, as opposed to its peers' cap of 300Mbps. Like other 450Mbps wireless networking devices from Trendnet, the TEW-687GA can offer this faster speed because it supports three spatial streams per antenna.

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Trendnet says that the TEW-687GA could achieve a sustained real-world throughput speed of 150Mbps. A 300Mbps adapter typically offers a top sustained speed of just around 90Mbps.

Other than that, the TEW-687GA gaming adapter supports the usual features found in other recent wireless networking products, such as advanced multiple input/output antenna technology, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, and Quality of Service technology that prioritizes gaming, Internet calls, and video streams.

The TEW-687GA 450Mbps Wireless-N gaming adapter will be available by the end of the month and is slated to cost $150.