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In the spring of 2011 we tested a 450Mbps wireless kit from Trendnet: a TEW-691GT router with an Ethernet-adapter TEW-687GA. Despite their advanced hardware specs, those devices could not show their best due to software limitations.

In this review we will test an updated kit that now includes a TEW-692GR router and a 4-port bridge TEW-680MB. Both are top-end models in Trendnet’s product lineup. As opposed to their predecessors, they support both 802.11n frequency bands: 2.4 and 5 GHz. The router can use both bands concurrently whereas the adapter can connect via either of them. Each device supports wireless data transfer rates up to 450 Mbps and features Gigabit Ethernet ports. Unlike many other high-performance products of its class, the router lacks a USB port for such extra features as network attached storage or network printing.

The TEW-680MB is positioned as a versatile solution for streaming multimedia files, including HD video. Working in the relatively unused 5GHz band, it can provide a very high speed. It also features fashionable green technologies but it’s hard to evaluate them under our test conditions.

Package and Accessories

This black and orange color scheme seems to have been reserved by Trendnet for its top-of-the-line products. The packaging is informative. You can see photos of the product, read its description in several languages, learn its specs and find a list of compatible devices here.

Besides the router/adapter, the box contains a 12V power adapter, a brief installation guide, and a CD with electronic user manuals in several languages. You can also find a stand in the router's box.

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