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TrendNet TEW-655BR3G review

Barry de la Rosa
26 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
76
inc VAT

A capable router with a 3G modem and rechargeable battery built in, so you can use it away from the mains or a computer.

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Specifications

802.11n, 1x 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet ports

With a 3G modem, LAN port, USB port, 150N wireless and a battery, this little gadget offers the traveller an easy way to share a 3G internet connection – or a hotel's wired connection – with other devices and people. A small booklet contains the setup guide, which has a useful section at the front for jotting down ISP information, such as username and password.

TrendNet TEW-655BR3G

The booklet provides clear, step-by-step guides for setting up a 3G or WAN connection and wireless security. The guide points to the wizard available via the web interface, and there's also an Advanced option for those happy with a DIY approach. The web interface is far more logically laid out than most, with main topics in tabs across the top.

TrendNet TEW-655BR3G rear

The wireless access point performed well at close range in our speed tests, managing 43Mbit/s, but this trailed off as the distance grew larger. This is normal for a travel router, and as it's more likely to be used in a small space such as a hotel room it shouldn't be an issue.

Most of the advanced features we'd want are present, including UPnP, a DMZ, filtering by port, domain, URL or MAC address, Dynamic DNS and QoS. The only thing missing is WDS, which shouldn't trouble most people. The Tenda 3G150M has all of these features and costs far less, although its need for a USB or mains power source means it's not as flexible as the Trendnet. If you won't always have a computer with you on your travels, the TEW-655BR3G is the better bet.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Modem type3G
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
Draft 802.11n supportyes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz supportno
MIMOno
Stated speed150Mbit/s

Security

128-bit WEPyes
WPA2yes
Firewallyes
MAC address filteringyes
DMZyes

Physical

Size21x107x76mm
Antennas1
Internal/external antennasinternal
Upgradeable antennano
Number of WAN ports1
Ethernet ports1
Ethernet connection speed10/100Mbit/s
Other portsUSB
Wall mountableno
Power consumption on2W

Other Features

Dynamic DNSyes
Universal Plug and Play supportyes
DHCP serveryes
MAC spoofingyes
Port forwardingyes
WDS Supportno
USB device supportno
QoSyes

Buying Information

Price£76
Warrantythree years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.pixmania.co.uk
Detailswww.trendnet.com