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TRENDnet TEW-680MB N900 Dual Band Wireless Media Bridge

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  • FCC: 2.412~2.462 GHz, 5.180~5.240 GHz, 5.725~5.850 GHz ETSI: 2.412~2.472 GHz, 5.150~5.250 GHz
  • 3 x Internal Antenna
  • Up to 450+450Mbps Wireless Data Rates

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The 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-680MB, connects all media center devices to the Internet over an ultra-high performance 450Mbps wireless network.

Connect gaming consoles, televisions, DVRs, and more to the four Gigabit ports on the back of the device. Network the TEW-680MB to a common 2.4GHz network or to a less congested 5GHz network to wirelessly stream HD video to your media center.

Energy saving GREENnet technology reduces port based power consumption by up to 70%. Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology produces record wireless throughput and coverage. Connect to a router at the touch of a button with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). WMM Quality of Service (QoS) technology prioritizes gaming, Internet calls, and video streams. LEDs on the front of the adapter convey device status. Cut your cables and enjoy HD entertainment with ultra-high performance Dual Band 450Mbps wireless n.


Learn more about the TRENDnet TEW-680MB

Model

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Brand
TRENDnet
Model
TEW-680MB

Details

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Standards
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
Frequency Band
FCC: 2.412~2.462 GHz, 5.180~5.240 GHz, 5.725~5.850 GHz
ETSI: 2.412~2.472 GHz, 5.150~5.250 GHz
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 450+450Mbps
Security
WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Antenna
3 x Internal Antenna
Channel
2.4GHz: 1~11 (FCC), 1~13 (ETSI)
5GHz: 36, 40, 44, 48, 149, 153, 157, 161 and 165 (FCC), 36, 40, 44, 48 (ETSI)
Receiving Sensitivity
802.11a: -71dBm (typical)
802.11b: -84dBm (typical)
802.11g: -72dBm (typical)
802.11n: -65dBm +/- 1 dBm (typical) (for 2.4 & 5GHz)
Interface
Ethernet Port
Ports
4 x 10/100/1000M
LED
Power , LAN 1~4, Wireless, WPS
Button
Reset, WPS
Power
12V DC 1A power adapter
Dimensions
2.4" x 4.6" x 5.3"
Weight
5.4 oz.

Feature

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Features
Stream HD video to your media center

450 Mbps networking on each wireless band

Connect to either the 2.4GHz or the less congested 5GHz band with Dual Band technology

Connect all media center devices to the four Gigabit Ethernet ports

One touch wireless connection using the WPS button

Up to 70% energy savings with GREENnet technology

Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) Quality of Service (QoS) data prioritization

Supports Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology

Connects network-ready Blu-ray players, Televisions, Digital Video Recorders (DVR), receivers, and gaming consoles such as Nintendo Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 to a high speed wireless n network

Easy user setup wizard and intuitive Web browser configuration

Package Contents

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Package Contents
TEW-680MB
CD-ROM (User's Guide)
Multi-Language Quick Installation Guide
Network cable (0.6 m / 2 ft.)
Power adapter (12V DC, 1A)
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
2/ 5
What a hassle!!

Pros: It works...for now

Cons: The setup is absolutely horrible!
Manual and CD should be thrown out.

Other Thoughts: Think you'll follow the "easy" setup process? Think again. The manual says to connect your computer via Cat5 to the unit and connect to it like you would a router (which is pretty straight forward). However, when you go to enter the address to access the UI it never connects to the unit. Not once. After trying to connect to the UI for 1-2 hours I gave up. Tried the WPS button on the unit as a last attempt and then on my router to see if I can get any kind of connection made. The manuals say to NOT DO THIS.. IT WORKED! Tested the connection and it was live, BUT I couldn't access the internet. I could see it trying to via the LEDs, but no interwebs...*sigh*

I was hoping maybe I just needed to reset the unit to default settings and try again (like the manuals state) and indicate there is a reset button on the back. THERE IS NO RESET BUTTON ON THE UNIT! So, thinking my manuals are out of date, I go onto the TRENDnet website to download the current manual. None of the links work on the manufacturer website. If you want any kind of support you are on your own.

After pretty much giving up all hope and steps away from tossing this thing in the trash, I decided to use the WPS button one last time. Connection made to my router and FINALLY was able to get an internet connection because the stars must have aligned perfectly for this to happen. I'm not going to ever unplug this because I'm afraid it'll just stop working on me.

TAKE A TIP: Use the WPS button and forget connecting to the unit UI via Cat5 cable. Toss your manual and CD. Better yet, don't buy this at all because it's discontinued by the manufacturer.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello Tony,

We are sorry to hear that you had issues with the initial configuration of the TEW-680MB. The reset button on the unit is located on the bottom and it is recessed. You will need a pin or small object to press it. It is recessed to avoid accidental resets.

When you connect to the unit from a factory default state your computer should receive an IP address from the TEW-680MB that will allow you to access it at 192.168.10.110 or http://tew-680mb.trendnet. If you connected the unit to your network before configuration you will need to reset it to follow the quick installation guide. This is the what the quick installation guide recommends you not to do.

The user’s guide does present the optional WPS method of configuration. We thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Currently all links on the TEW-680MB download page are functioning. If you need assistance with the unit in the future please email adrian@trendnet.com and we will have someone assist you as soon as possible. For immediate assistance please call our free support line at 866-845-3673.


Regards,

Adrian
TRENDnet Support
http://www.trendnet.com/support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Simple. Outstanding.

Pros: Got this free when I ordered an Asus router from the Egg. Thought, "Well, that is nice," but really didn't know if it would be any good or how I would use it. Turns out it has been fantastic for boosting signal strength on the second floor of our home as it receives the wireless signal from our Asus RT-N66U router. Literally plugged it in and had it running in no time. ZERO downtime since turning it on in April 2014. Speed is outstanding, and no issues with Wi-Fi Blu-ray player, tablet, laptop, desktop, smartphones, etc, all receiving strong, steady signals.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It was free, so that is a bonus, but even if I had bought it I'd give it the same 5-egg rating. For me, and our setup, it has been fantastic.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
bridge works

Pros: inexpensive. shoprunner shipping ,works as advertised, most importantly STABLE. both bands do work ! unlike many "other" manufacturers who falsify specs or just don't know that products are garbage. IDK. "other"=Linxx,d-xx,netxx,tpxxx,and even the asxx yes ive tried them all on custom firmware and open ddwrt if was available. surprisingly , this is the only one I have not rma or returned yet. definitely not the run of the mill product as I assumed.

Cons: Nothing at the moment. ive had this going for a little over a month now, ive had no issues with it so far. speeds are mediocre. the range is worst than the one I upgraded from.
I don't know why it gets such bad reviews is a con , right?

Other Thoughts: Ive tried a dozen(that's from what I remember sure its a lot more) different bridges/ repeaters all in one units. some really well known brands and some weren't. out of the bunch I find this one overall the best. it's not spectacular by any means it does has its flaws, as all electronics do. but if you factor price/ performance and specs on paper this is the one to purchase.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
works great

Pros: Works great. easy/standard set-up. just plug in to pc and open a new tab and go from there

Cons: none

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Trendnet support does not exist

Pros: It came free when I purchased an Asus router.

Cons: The initial setup seemed fairly straight forward, but then it never connected with my devices. I tried to access the webgui again to see what was wrong, but it no longer lets me have access, even when I connect directly to it with a wired connection. I filed a support ticket with Trendnet, and they promised to get back to me in 2 working days, but Trendnet never tried to contact me, even after I sent them a second email.

Other Thoughts: It may sill work or it may be a bad one but I will never know because their techs won't contact me.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi Anonymous,

I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused you. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at adrian@trendnet.com if you have any questions or need further assistance. Thank you for your feedback as it is very valuable to us and helps us gain more knowledge on how to improve.

Please also include a link to this review in your email.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Support Team
www.trendnet.com/support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
4/ 5
Issues with Samsung equipment YES!

Pros: Works as it should
Very Fast

Cons: it does not like Samsung

Other Thoughts: I have a Samsung PN60F8500 and when i connected it to the device...noting..no internet, fortunately the TV has built in Wi-Fi but there is definitely some issue with this device and Samsung products.
all my other stuff works fine
LG Blu-Ray Player
Oppo Blu-Ray Player
Laptop
WD Live Tv all work fine

Overall i am very pleased with the device

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Don't use with Samsung equipment

Pros: It has decent speed and range

Cons: It doesn't work with Samsung equipment like TVs and Bluray players (tried quite a few out). I captured the issue with wireshark to show the packets that the Samsung equipment sends to validate the network connection. These packets are not repeated to the gateway which causes the Samsung equipment to fail to connect to the network (unfortunately if they don't dial out properly then they won't talk on the network at all).

I don't know what the tech support rep did with all the data I gave him but he let my support ticket expire, then when I had him re-opened the ticket he claims that he passed the information on to engineering. They haven't updated the firmware in a long time so I doubt they'll ever fix this problem. While debugging this I came across other issues that sounded like the same problem affecting other brands, one in particular was a Japanese audio receiver unit, the name escapes me. So if you plan on buying a bunch of these I recommend getting one to start with and making sure it works with the rest of your gear.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi Valued Customer ,

I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused, and I would like to work with you to figure a possible solution to this issue. Please email me directly at adrian@trendnet.com with "Newegg TEW-680MB Review" in the subject line and I will be able to assist you immediately. Thank you for reviewing our product and I hope to hear from you soon to regain your faith in TRENDnet.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Support Team
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Great Customer Service!

Pros: I have been using two of these media bridges connected to a Netgear router. After working flawlessly for nearly one year, one of them started dropping connections. TrendNet customer service was FIRST CLASS in helping me return and replace my bridge. I appreciate their service and will be buying and recommending their products in the future.

Cons: None.

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