No one can accuse Trendnet of not being prepared for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, On the contrary, Trendnet arrived at the convention wielding well over a dozen product announcements, including a bunch of new wireless routers, adapters, and related products, twelve new IP cameras, and a wireless range extender intended to eliminate dead spots in your home.
Trying to stream HD video into your living room or man cave can test the boundaries of your wireless home network and introduce unwanted lag or ugly jitter. That's a bummer, but if you're having trouble connecting multiple media center devices to your high-speed network, TRENDnet's new TEW-680MB media bridge might be the no-fuss solution you're looking for.
D-Link is chasing after the budget router crown with the release of its Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router, model DIR-651. It's a single-band router with 4 Gigabit ports, multiple intelligent antennas, and support for intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) to separate and prioritize different typs of data streams for smoother video streaming, gaming, and VoIP calls.
Network solutions specialist D-Link says it's easy to check in and keep track of what's going on at your home with the company's new mydlink-enabled Wireless N Day/Night Network Camera (DSC-932L). With support for night vision, a built-in CPU, and Web server, D-Link is pitching its new camera as a complete day and night monitoring system for homes and small offices. It's also easy to install, D-Link says.
Every tech should have a wireless dongle in his/her emergency kit, and if you don't have one already, D-Link hopes you'll consider one of its new fun-sized models. D-Link's Wireless N 150 Pico Adapter (DWA-121) and Wireless N USB Adapter (DWA-131) both sport a compact design that makes for easy storage and can be plugged into a laptop or desktop without sticking out like a, well, typical dongle.
Trendnet went for style points with the release of its new 300Mbps Wireless-N Media Bridge, model TEW-640MB. The new device sports a sleek glossy black finish and is able to connect Ethernet-ready living room devices, such as gaming consoles, network TVs, receivers, media controllers, DVRs, Blu-ray players, and more.
"Following the tremendous success of our 300Mbps Wireless-N Gaming Adapter, model TEW-647GA, we decided to build the foundation of the 300Mbps Wireless-N Media Bridge and use the same high performance chipset," stated Sonny Su, Technology Director for Trendnet. "The TEW-640MB is truly the result of listening to our customers. Users were saying that they absolutely loved the performance and the look of the TEW-647GA, but wanted more ports to connect all of their new media center devices to a high performance wireless connection. I believe the TEW-640MB delivers on its promise and will be well received."
Quality of Service (QoS) data prioritization comes as part of the package, as does Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology, one-touch wireless security setup, encryption up to WPA2-PSK, and up to 100 meters of outdoor coverage (up to 50 meters indoors).
Networking specialist Trendnet recently announced what it claims is the world's smallest 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter, the TEW-648UBM.
Boring name aside, this nifty device measures just 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches. Pop it into an open USB port and Trendnet says it will extend a mere 0.3 inches from the edge of your PC. For most people, the adapter should be small enough to keep permanently plugged into your notebook, even as you shove it into your laptop bag.
"The TEW-648UBM eliminates size constraints when using wireless adapters. On-the-go users no longer have to worry about leaving their adapter plugged into their laptop," stated Sonny Su, Technology Director for Trendnet. "As well, the addition of a WPS button makes it really easy to connect to WPS enabled routers and access points."
The net is no place for slowpokes and Netgear hopes to nudge home networks into 802.11n territory with its Wireless-N Upgrade Kit (WNEB3100). For MSRP $149 (cheaper online), the kit comes with Netgear's 5GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point (WNHDE111) and the company's RangeMax DualBand Wireless-N Adapter (WNDA3100). When plugged into an existing router or gateway, the kit gives surfers an easy upgrade path to a speedy dual-band Wireless-N network which any Wi-Fi compliant computer or device can then tap into.
“The Wireless-N Upgrade kit enables customers with existing gateways and routers from their ISPs to easily add the performance benefits of 5GHz Wireless-N to their networks by simply connecting the kit to their existing wireless equipment, eliminating the need to re-wire, reconfigure or replace any existing equipment,” explained Som Pal Choudhury, Senior Product Line Manager for Advanced Wireless at Netgear.
The Access Point can also serve duty as a standalone bridge for connecting game consoles, media receivers, and other similar devices, and supports a wireless 'ad-hoc' mode for multicast point-to-multi-point high definition video streaming and wireless LAN peer-to-peer gaming. And because it comes equipped with automatic Quality of Service (QOS), Netgear claims gaming and movie watching will be lag- and jitter-free.
D-Link's new DIR-628 offers support for 802.11n 5GHz as well as 2.4GHz support with a street price of around $100. 5GHz support enables 802.11n networks to escape the channel congestion inherent in 2.4GHz networks (where only three of the 11 channels theoretically available do not overlap) and achieve faster throughput through the use of double-width (40MHz) channels. Find out what's included, as well as what features hit the cutting room floor to help the DIR-628 make its price point.
From today's best laptops to the new eee Box, 802.11n is today's hottest wireless network standard. It's rapidly replacing older 802.11g networks on store shelves, but there are actually two distinct versions of the "almost ready for prime time" standard. Find out how to tell them apart, and what their advantages are.