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Package and Accessories

There is a lot of black in the design of each product box. This must be intended to mean that these are very cool products. Their specifications are listed on the boxes, but there’s nothing unexpected or really useful about them.

So, the box contains a router (or a wireless adapter), a 12V power adapter, an installation guide, a small Gigabit Ethernet cable, and a CD with an electronic version of the user manual in English.

Exterior Design

The router’s design is far from original, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong about its being conventional. At least, you know what to expect from it beforehand. The case is made from black plastic. The bottom is matte but the manufacturer couldn't resist the temptation to have a glossy top panel. Be ready to clean it regularly. The case measures 18 x 14.5 x 3 centimeters. The router has standard-sized antennas. Oddly enough, they are not detachable, notwithstanding the top-end positioning of the product.

There are indicators of the activity of the ports and system status on the front panel. Most of them are dual-color. With the LAN ports, this informs you of the client's connection speed. For example, the dual-color LED helped me identify a problem with the LAN1 port which turned out to be defective in my sample of the router and worked at 100 Mbps only.

There are vent grids in the sides of the case. A WPS button for setting up wireless clients can be found on the left panel.

Besides the standard set of four LAN ports, a WAN port and a Reset button, there is a Power button and a Wi-Fi switch on the front panel. You may find them useful, but the wireless switch is not so easy to deal with. It is too small.

The case stands on rubber feet. There are holes in the bottom panel to wall-mount the router.

The TEW-687GA adapter has an upright case measuring 6 x 14 x 13.5 centimeters. There are three indicators on its front panel: Wi-Fi connection, wired connection, and power. The first LED would be more informative if it could indicate a lack of connection with an access point. A power adapter connector and a Gigabit Ethernet port are located on the back panel.

You can find a Reset button on the device's bottom panel. WPS technology is supported via a button with indicator on the top panel. The device is ventilated passively through the slits in its top and bottom.

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