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TRENDnet TEW-714TRU Wireless N 150 Mbps Travel Router
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Easy to set up and use 11/23/2013

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-714TRU Wireless N 150 Mbps Travel Router

Pros: I initially set it up at home and suggest others do the same. It was fairly easy, but be sure to follow the more detailed user manual. I did not use the WPS method to connect; I prefer to select my network and put in the password.

I tested all three modes of operation: Router, WISP, and Repeater for quite a few times. It worked fine and had real good bandwidth with apps like speedtest. I easily streamed two 1080p mp4 videos through it to two mobile devices simultaniously. It did well, repeatedly. I tested it frequently for about a week, and it worked fine. I mostly used WISP mode, since that is what would be used most frequently. Everything about this router worked very well.

This is truly an international travel router, because of the interchangable power plug adapters.

Cons: None really, although I wish it's data rate was 300Mbps instead of 150Mbps, and why I give it 4 stars and not 5. I would prefer more headroom for streaming use, although my videos did stream OK.

Other Thoughts: I received this as a gift after I had poor results with an earlier (older) model travel router. It had problems staying connected, but not this model. It worked perfectly.

Although I had plans to use it recently for travel, the wireless where we stayed was so bad, (sometimes less than 1Mbps!) that trying this out there would not have helped much or even been a fair test. My testing at home tells me this thing will work fine out on the road, given good wireless to piggyback on.

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TRENDnet TEW-654TR N300 Wireless Travel Router Kit IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great idea, poorly executed
Sale price was great
Perfect size and travel case is nice

Cons: I have tried two of these this past week, and both have the same issues:
Sometimes it works great, sometimes it does not work. For example, I have high bandwidth into my home from Comcast Blast. Our mobile devices (iPhone, iPads, Kindles) all connect at either 2.4 G or 5G to our Asus RT-N66U router and WD Range Extenders, fine, usually at 40mbps at either band, depending upon proximity to signal. strength.
This travel router can be connected at near 40mbps -- when it works. Problem is, it is flaky. I tested it again before I yanked it from power just now so I can can repack it. It barely got 1mbps. Sometimes it can't even connect to the wireless devices.
Last night it was working well, and had two 1080p videos streaming through it to iPad and Kindle at same time. Worked great. It got hot alright, but it worked fine for over an hour doing this. This morning it would barely work (and it was cooler). Then it worked well again; then it didn't. (You get the picture.)
I have set it up as a router and an AP; no difference in performance.
I have many tools to measure the performance of wireless signals; first using speedtest.net, and a great Android app called WiFi Analyzer. These tools graphically show what is happening, and good signals measure good, and bad ones measure bad. This travel router measures mostly bad.

Other Thoughts: Not recommended at all, unless you want the same problems I and others have mentioned. One often cannot tell how well it is working without using the tools mentioned above.
Newegg is great regarding the first exchange, and now the return for refund.

I have many (four or more) TrendNet gigabit network switches in my house. They all work well, so I figured the travel router would, too, but I was wrong! Product gets 1 Star, because at least it was not also DOA.

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ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600 Multimedia Ultra Slim Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n support USB Storage, Print and Media Server
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Improved my wired speed somewhat for Internet bandwidth tests (from 30mbps to 36mbps download speed). Wireless much faster than before.

Cons: Wireless range weaker than the router it was to replace (Linksys WRT54G). Signals do not reach the far ends of the house as previous router does, so new router is unusable for our purposes of connecting with wireless printers and iGadgets. Most of our PCs are wired to our network throughout the 2500 sq. ft., two-story house. I presume this router is best suited to an apartment or small one-story house, and in this case, one would not experience the problem I have with it. Other than for this, I think this is a great router with lots of nice features.

Other Thoughts: Re-installed the WRT54G, and we have full wireless coverage again. I attribute the poor wireless coverage to the internal, printed circuit board antenna of this unit. Since this unit cannot do as well or better than the WRT54G of broadcasting it's wireless signals, unfortunately it will be returned to Newegg. External antenna are always more effective than internal ones, no matter what electronic gizmo uses antenna. I will not again buy a router that does not have external antenna, and the more the better!

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Display Name: Michael A.

Date Joined: 07/27/08

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 09/10/08
  • Last Review: 11/23/13
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