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TRENDnet TEW-733GR N300 Wireless Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works out of the box, with the default settings and allows some basic changes.

Cons: Besides the shortcomings I flagged earlier, another feature that is advertised but does not work is Static Routing. The GUI simply won't allow one to enter a route as shown in the user manual.
Calling support was, again, useless. First they promised immediate escalation and a call back in 1 hour. 4 hours later nobody had called, so I called again, spent another 30 minutes explaining the problem and answering all kind of non-related questions (like who is my ISP and who is the manufacturer of other devices in my network...). Then the "technician" said he has to escalate the issue and someone will call me within 24 to 48 hours. Here we are, 20 hours later, still no resolution and no call.

Other Thoughts: Based on my previous experience, emailing "Adrian" brings nothing other than additional wasted time; by exchanging multiple emails with people who are trained to apologize, without providing any solutions or fixes.

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Channel Master CM-4221HD 4-Bay Outdoor HDTV/UHF Antenna
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Poorly documented and supported 03/28/2014

This review is from: Channel Master CM-4221HD 4-Bay Outdoor HDTV/UHF Antenna

Pros: Reputation / Brand name (questionable when it comes to this particular product though, see comments). Relatively Compact Size (not 100% clear what that size is, see comments). Good reviews.

Cons: Poor documentation. Support is polite, yet not very helpful. Seems to be designed for the pre-2009 TV channels. Short warranty when compared to other manufacturers. Some re-sellers list it as "discontinued product"; although the manufacturer says it's current.

Other Thoughts: The manufacturer's web site shows "technical data" that is incomplete and inconsistent (even when it comes to something as simple as physical dimensions).
Called technical support and asked for radiation patterns and gain/frequency chart (basic parameters, like asking about engine horse power and fuel mileage, when talking about a car). After "checking with managers and engineering", the support rep. said that the company does not have such data. Didn't CM design this antenna, or at least do quality control testing on it? They did confirm that this antenna is more than 5 years old.
A broader web search revealed multiple "clones" that sell for half the price. Without relevant product documentation, there is no way to tell if this antenna is better, worse or the same than such a "clone".
3 eggs, because I expected an updated design and better support from a manufacturer like Channel Master.

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TRENDnet TEW-733GR N300 Wireless Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good, but not up to the advertized feature set 12/27/2013

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-733GR N300 Wireless Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Pros: Gig-E ports, compact, light, running stable and cool to the touch. Help pages are pretty extensive and detailed (see Other thoughts, though). Newegg did a great job shipping this item very quickly.

Cons: User interface quite cumbersome and non-intuitive. QoS not working as advertized. Wireless throughput falls short of the advertized values.

Other Thoughts: There is no Logout button in the UI, but logins time out automatically (sometimes while one is in the middle of making configuration changes, or reading through help pages).
"QoS Management" advertized, but inexistent. There is WMM on WiFi, enabled by default and grayed out. On the wired interfaces, there is no QoS, whatsoever. It is possible to limit the throughput on the WAN port (but a residential user rarely wants to purposely do that).
Product literature states "proven 300Mbps" wireless data rate. The best I was able to get was 150Mbps, when paired with 300Mbps capable wireless adapters, 10 feet away from the router (no walls or other obstacles in the path).
Support representatives are polite, trained to "apologize for the inconvenience", but not very helpful.
Overall, good basic router with Gig-E ports. If you are looking for QoS and high speed Wi-Fi, you'd better look somewhere else.

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Display Name: Cristian D.

Date Joined: 05/09/01

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/05/09
  • Last Review: 07/17/14
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