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TRENDnet TEW-638PAP 300Mbps Wireless N PoE Access Point

  • Features Access Point Client mode, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) support, and detachable antennas
  • Advanced wireless encryption and Wireless Multimedia (WMM) QoS technology
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Robert H.
  • 8/31/2013 8:06:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Not too many ... Cheap if you get one that works sell

Cons: Poor quality control

Other Thoughts: I had an older Trednet access point that I purchased on a Newegg deal. It worked well for some time, so when it died I bought this as a replacement. The range range was poor and net traffic would occassionally hang. I junked it and got an access point made by someone else that works fine.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Anonymous,

I can understand your overall frustration. Thank you for taking the time to review or product. Please contact me at Adrian@trendnet.com with “Newegg TEW-638PAP Review” in the subject line and I will be able to assist you directly with any questions you may have. I hope to hear from you soon to regain your trust in TRENDnet.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Sales Support

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  • Richard B.
  • 6/26/2013 11:30:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks great but iPads drop

Pros: Setting it up was pretty easy (but I'm well versed in these things). I was looking for an AP that would run on PoE and this one does. It seems to work well and has good range. The case itself is glossy black and attractive.

Cons: It locked up a few times and needed a power-cycle to get it going again. After you make a config change it reboots itself (30 seconds to complete). It froze a couple of times doing that too so I had to power cycle it.

The biggest problem for me is that our iPads continually lose connection. If I leave "automatically join network" on, the iPad will just drop the connection. If I have that setting on, I get a dialog box every 5-10 minutes asking if I want to join the network. I saw this behavior with both a Gen-2 iPad and an iPad mini. We have 2 iPhones as well but since those also have cellular data I might not have been aware of them dropping the connection. Our Windows laptop and Mac Powerbook have not experienced any network issues with this AP.

Other Thoughts: After suffering with this bouncing for a month I replaced it with an INTELLINET 524735 Wireless 300N PoE Access Point. That one has its own (minor) issues but the disconnection problem disappeared.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Rick,

We are sorry for any inconvenience because this product froze on you. So far, we have a Window laptop and Gen-2 iPad up and running to 638PAP for a day and want to continue the test over a weekend. We would like to know how frequent it occurs on you to hopefully replicate. Please contact me at Adrian@trendnet.com with “Newegg TEW-638PAP” in the subject line and I will respond immediately to assist. I am sincerely hoping to restore your faith in TRENdnet’s products.

Warmest regards,

Adrian

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  • Peter M.
  • 6/17/2013 11:41:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks flawlessly

Pros: Great connectivity, easy to configure with the disc. Small and plenty of mounting options. This with the POE injector I was up and running within 15minutes of taking it out the box.

Cons: None that I could think of or ran into.

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  • Richard B.
  • 5/20/2013 7:08:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood but flaky with IOS

Pros: POE which is the reason I bought it. 802.11g/b/n. Small size, only 3.2 watts power draw. Good range, good speed

Cons: This replaced a D-Link which supported simultaneous WPA and WPA2. This one only supports one or the other so I had to reconfigure some of my devices. We have 2 ipads, 2 iphones and several different kinds of laptops. The apple devices pop up a box, every 5-10 minutes if I'm not actively using the wireless, asking if I want to (re)connect to the SSID. If I uncheck the "ask to join network" box under the Apple settings that dialog box doesn't appear but the units will sporatically disconnect. This never happened with the D-Link.

Other Thoughts: My main purpose in getting this box was to get an AP that supported POE--part of an emergency power-outage strategy. An extra benefit was adding "n" wireless capability. For the most part I'm happy with the results but the issue with iOS devices is annoying.

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  • Evan W.
  • 5/18/2013 11:21:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsGreat, but only if you have access to a Windows computer

Pros: Good range, good speed, power over ethernet.

Cons: If you don't have a Windows computer to run the setup program, you can't make it work. I had my parents buy this to extend their existing wireless network, but they only have Macs. I called technical support, and they were generous enough to offer to help me set it up for $39.99. Luckily I have a Windows PC at my house, so I was able to set it up there and then take it back over and hook it up.

Unbelievable in the year 2013 that a company would have zero support for non-Windows computers. Probably should have returned it.

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  • Jonathan W.
  • 2/5/2013 8:51:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent for the price

Pros: So far so good with this device. Currently hooked up 2 units using POE.

Cons: Range is not that good
Antenna unscrews but is recessed in case cover so putting larger antenna won't likely fit into recessed area.
No key hole slots or anything to hange this on the wall with. Ended up using zip ties, but honestly more and more manufacturers are doing the same thing as they expect these devices to sit on top of hanging ceiling tiles (against fire code) or sit on a shelf (good luck with that).

Manufacturer Response:

Valued customer,

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please e-mail us at sales@trendnet.com, reference "New Egg Product Review" in the subject line and someone will contact you in a timely manner to resolve your issue. We look forward to restoring your faith in TRENDnet products.

Regards,

TRENDnet Sales Support

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  • Raymond B.
  • 2/27/2012 4:03:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Access Point

Pros: Neat little unit. Excellent, reliable performance. Robust options. Good price.

Cons: Newegg lists 'on/off power switch' under specs. No fault of Newegg as 'on/off power switch' is listed under features on the Trendnet product page. The downloadable datasheet on the Trendnet site also lists it as having an 'On/off power switch'. Even the side of the box that it comes in touts a 'on/off power switch'.

There's no power switch.

Page 9 of the downloadable User Guide finally indicates 'Power Switch (EU version)'.

Other Thoughts: My LAN is mostly wired so I was looking for a convenient way to control the wireless portion of my network. The TEW-638PAP is still a great little performer. This in no way is a deal breaker. Just don't expect to find that switch.

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  • Michael B.
  • 12/8/2011 7:18:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW!!! Talk about easy and fast with great reception!

Pros: 5 minute setup from start to finish.
Outstanding reception!

Cons: Wasn't free :(

Other Thoughts: During the last year I've installed 3 different Wireless Access Points (I wont mention their names). Not only is this little POA easy to get up and get running correctly, but the signal strength is 3 times greater than others I've installed that cost twice as much. I like it so much I'm buying a third to install at home, and finally put the other brand's POE in a dumpster.

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  • MARK J.
  • 11/19/2011 6:28:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerforms Well, Stable

Pros: Performance at 2.4 GHz is solid, did not try 5 GHz. Fairly easy to set up, works as advertised. Small footprint. I have had it for 8 days now and none of the 4 devices which are constantly connected to this AP ever dropped the connection. Overall, I am very happy with it.

Cons: Does not have and option to save the MAC address table into a file. AP configuration file is in a binary format, cannot be edited off-line.
User interface and user manual were clearly not written by fluent English speakers, but they are definitely understandable.

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  • Vincent L.
  • 11/15/2011 5:52:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFollow-up to my earlier review

Pros: Trendnet technical support responded to my helpdesk post in just 2 days.

Cons: No "fix" from Trendnet

Other Thoughts: I received a reply from Trendnet tech support regarding the inconsistencies between the User Guide and the actual access point webpages. This is a mistake in the documentation, and they will correct it. The outside of the box specifically states "Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) Quality of Service." I guess that is a mistake, too. So, buyer beware if you are looking at this access point as having some management capabilities for multimedia streaming.

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