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TRENDnet Wireless N 300 Mbps Travel Router Kit, TEW-654TR (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Travel with 300Mbps wireless n speed and coverage in your pocket
  • Share a single Internet connection with multiple users
  • Compact travel case and accessories included
  • One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
  • Maximum wireless signal rates are referenced from IEEE 80211 theoretical specifications

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Product Details

Size Name: N300
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm ; 50 g
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Item model number: TEW-654TR
  • ASIN: B002G1CLS0
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 20 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,730 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Size Name: N300

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The TRENDnet 300Mbps Wireless-N Travel Router Kit features a compact router that is ideal for travel. The kit gives you everything you need to plug in and enjoy the benefits of reliable 300 Mbps wireless Internet coverage on the go. This kit includes a convenient travel case and an energy-efficient adapter cord.

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TEW-654TR Wireless-N
Travel Router Kit
At a Glance:

  • Travel with 300Mbps wireless n speed and coverage
  • Compact travel case and accessories included
  • One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
  • Router lets you share a single Internet connection with multiple users
  • Energy-Star certified
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Compact Router
Compact TEW-654TR router ideal for travel. View larger.
Travel Router Kit
Compact travel case and accessories are included. View larger.
Wireless Router Designed for Travel
The 300Mbps Wireless-N Travel Router Kit includes a high-performance router that is designed to accompany you when you travel. Enjoy the freedom of wireless connectivity while on the go and share a single Internet connection with multiple users. This compact kit is ideal for those who travel for business. It fits neatly into your luggage and contains everything needed to quickly create a 300 Mbps wireless network.

Includes Carrying Case and Accessories
The included carrying case is designed to hold the ultra-compact router, a slim Ethernet cable, an electrical adapter, and an alternate USB cable that powers the router from a computer. Advanced wireless encryption secures your network.

Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology maximizes wireless coverage, while the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) quickly connects client adapters. Maximum wireless signal rates are referenced from IEEE 802.11 theoretical specifications, so actual data throughput and coverage will vary depending on interference, network traffic, building materials, and other conditions.

Adapter is Energy-Star Qualified
The kit's energy-efficient adapter qualifies for Energy Star status. Products that earn the Energy Star prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. They help save money while making a difference.

What's in the Box
Wireless-N Travel Router; CD-ROM (User's Guide); multi-language quick installation guide; carrying case; USB cable (0.45m/2.5ft.); cat. 5 Ethernet cable (1.1m/3.6ft.); power adapter (5V, 1.2A).


Product Description

The 300Mbps Wireless N Travel Router Kit offers a high performance router that is so small it disappears in your front pocket. Enjoy the freedom of wireless n while on the go and share a single Internet connection with multiple users. This compact kit fits into the most overstuffed luggage and contains everything needed to quickly create a 300Mbps wireless network. A convenient carrying case holds the ultra-compact 300Mbps wireless n router, a slim Ethernet cable, an electrical adapter and an alternate USB cable that powers the router from a computer. Advanced wireless encryption secures your network, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology maximizes wireless coverage and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) quickly connects client adapters.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By werfoog on Jan. 29 2011
Size Name: N300
I've used this router twice sor far and I'm satisfied. Setup is straightforward using the wizard and speed is excellent. Only downside is that sometimes the connection is lost (i.e. you are connected to the router but not to the Internet). Rebooting the device with a quick power disconnect/reconnect solves the problem. Good option to use an Ipod Touch in hotel rooms where only wired Internet is available or when wifi signal is too weak.
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By Matthew S Dyck on May 30 2014
Size Name: N300 Verified Purchase
Sometimes refuses to allow internet connection. Frustrating! Average when it does work. Buy yourself a regular router and save yourself the trouble.
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The router's great quality and works fine. As some reviewers have pointed out, the firmware the product ships with won't allow you to modify the settings from a Mac or iPad. However, you can go to the manufacturer's website and install the firmware update with your Mac, which resolves the issue. Note that the manufacturer regales you with dire warnings not to update the firmware over a wireless connection, but provides no instructions how to do it any other way. I took a chance and it worked out; be aware that this requires a certain level of risk tolerance, however.
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Size Name: N300
This is a very good product for the price...I'm happy with the performance and condition it came in. I recomend it
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Amazon.com: 187 reviews
98 of 104 people found the following review helpful
Great, small, easy-to-carry-around 802.11n AP/Router Nov. 2 2009
By Conor P. Cahill - Published on Amazon.com
Size Name: N300 Verified Purchase
I travel a lot and spend way too much time in hotels where the only internet connection they have is a short wired connection sitting near some uncomfortable desk. I used to carry around a longer wire and a connector so that I could sit wherever I wanted in the room, but it is just a pain to do so.

A few years ago I found a solution in a small wireless AP sold by Asus (the WL-300 and later the WL-330g) which I used for a number of years with lots of success. However, I finally decided it was time to upgrade to 802.11n.

A bit of searching/comparing brought me to the TrendNet 654TR. Ordered one from Amazon and had it in my hands in a couple of days.

The device is much smaller and sleeker than the Asus model. Setup was easy to follow and configure (though I would enter a small complaint that I had to configure the "router" mode settings and the "AP" mode settings individually -- when I switched from "router" to "AP" it was as if I had gone back to factory defaults -- even the encryption keys & wireless configuration had to be configured again). This is just a minor complaint, easily dealt with and for many people, one they would never run into.

I've used the device at home and in several hotels on the road to great success. Rather than lugging the included AC power adapter, I simply use my iPhone USB charging block along with the included USB power adapter and I can power the unit with my little white apple block.

So now I carry this device with me on all my trips and use it here/there.

Very satisfied. If you're looking for a portable AP to carry around with you, this is it!
61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Awesome travel router March 7 2011
By michaelt43 - Published on Amazon.com
Size Name: N300 Verified Purchase
I absolutely could not live without this travel router. I travel a lot for business and spend about 6 months a year in hotel rooms. Even when the hotel offers wifi access I prefer to use my TrendNet router because speed and signal strength is so much better. One thing that I found quite interesting is the three modes that the router can operate in. It can be used as a router, and access point (ethernet extention), or as a client. In client mode it works "backwards", giving wifi to a device that typically wouldn't have it. These are sometimes known as "Ethernet Bridges" and range in price from $75-$200. For $50, you get this functionality plus a travel router.

Compatibility was my big question - previous reviews said they had problems with iPads and phones. I can happily report that it works great with iPads, iPhones, and every other wifi enabled device I have thrown at it. The set up screens for the router don't work very well in Safari or Chrome (missing buttons) so try to configure it using IE.

Over all, I love it and would buy it again.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
DO BUY if you have an ipad Nov. 7 2010
By Roberto Pulido - Published on Amazon.com
Size Name: N300
I disagree with the person that says that it does not work with ipads (and iphones).
Using it in AP mode, I was able to browse the web in less than 10 minutes, no laptop needed to configure it.
Very good product.
If you need to configure it differently, you need a laptop or desktop, but you can do that at home before you leave.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Qualified Success with iPhone/iPad at Club Med April 14 2011
By Stephen D. Kirkish - Published on Amazon.com
Size Name: N300 Verified Purchase
Top Line: I am really impressed with this WiFi travel router. Feature-packed, easy-to-use, all at a good value. However, device configuration HTML pages do not work in iPhone/iPad Safari browser - configure the router before you go.

The details:
I found out 3 days before departing to a Mexico Club Med that Wifi was limited to the main patio/pool area, and only wired internet was available in the rooms. Quick research told me there was no device (short of a laptop) to hard-wire connect my iPhone and iPad to the Club's internet, so a travel WiFi hotspot was the way to go. I chose the TRENDnet Travel router based on the reviews, size, kit components and price, and it did not disappoint.

I received it the day before we left, and was a bit confused by the many possible modes of operation mentioned briefly in the quick-setup guide. I decided to just plug it into my home network and see if my iPhone could access the internet right out of the box. Sure enough, with no configuration of the TRENDnet at all, my iPhone connected quickly and accessed web pages without a problem.

At Club Med, I plugged the TRENDnet into the hotel room's internet connector. After a few moments of powering up, I turned on my iPhone, made a WiFi connection to the TRENDnet router, and after a few seconds, was prompted with a Club Med web page to enter my passcode (Club Med charges about $10/day for internet access and requires a login procedure.) I logged in and was immediately e-mailing photos back home and making Skype calls.

Why Qualified Success? The TRENDnet router's configuration HTML pages can be accessed using a browser, but it only partially loaded on the iPhone/iPad's Safari browser, and I couldn't get past the device's login page. For most users this is not a problem. My recommendation, though: Before you travel, hook the TRENDnet up to your home network, login into the device's configuration page (needs to use a wireless connection from a computer), and change the default password so that someone in a neighboring hotel room doesn't hack your router. Just run through the Wizard to quickly set this up.

For further security, I suggest configuring a password for the router, to keep others from using it without permission. In the configuration menu, go to Setup -> Wireless and look for "Wireless Security Mode". I use "Enable WPA2 Wireless Security" and selected an appropriate password. (At this point, the device resets, and you will need to reconfigure your computer's WiFi connection to the TrendNet with this password to connect again.) The user manual on the provided disk should give detailed instructions. When you connect with your iPhone or iPad, it will prompt you for this passcode (just the first time - it remembers) and then connect when you enter it. Again, play with this at home before your trip, so there are no surprises.

Bottom line: This device worked well, packed easily, setup simply and was priced well. I highly recommend it!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Small and effective but two serious drawbacks April 17 2012
By AC - Published on Amazon.com
Size Name: N300 Verified Purchase
I live in the UK but need a travel router sometimes in the US when staying in hotels that have wired-only networks. So, I ordered this from the US Amazon site on a recent visit there - partly because the price is better than in the UK and partly because I'd get a US power cord rather than the much larger UK one, with which I'd then have to use an adapter. Now I'm back in the UK I thought I'd try it out and I have to say it seems to work well (connected to my home network) and is extremely simple to get working with the default settings. The router itself is tiny - even smaller than I imagined, which is important when travelling.

I would have rated it 5-stars but for two things, which others have commented on:

1. The power-supply is 110v only. This is unbelievable, given that it's billed as a "travel router" and most of the rest of the world uses 220v power. I don't know what made me even check before plugging it in - I could easily have fried it, as these days all devices seem to come with dual voltage power supplies. As others have suggested, I used it successfully with an iPad power supply.

2. The main reason I need wireless when travelling is that I no longer take a laptop - relying instead on my Android smartphone and iPad. Although these work fine with the default settings when accessing the web, e-mail, apps etc., they don't work with the device's own configuration panels. Of course, I can just use default settings, or change the settings at home before leaving - e.g. to configure wi-fi security - but I don't like the fact that once I'm away from home I won't be able to change any settings that I might want to, such as the wifi channel. [***Please note: see my update below - Trendnet seem to have fixed this problem with the latest firmware]

My other small criticism concerns the case that comes with it. I like the fact that it comes with a case but it's rather big and heavy compared to the router itself, undoing some of the benefit of the latter's compactness. To put numbers on this, I've just weighed the various components as follows: TEW-654TR: 53g, USB + ethernet cables: 51g, power supply: 78g, case: 110g. It's a nice solid, protective case, but maybe too good.

Overall, it's a great little product, with a couple of issues that may not bother you at all.

Update April 22nd, 2012:

After writing this, I updated the firmware to the latest level (1.10.12), which was also quite easy to do, and I find that I can now log on to the configuration panels from my iPad. So, well done Trendnet for addressing this serious issue. My only serious criticism now is the single-voltage power supply, which I still find astonishing. All the power adapters I own for cameras, laptops, kindle, mp3 players, iPods, iPads, iPhones, work with both voltages - and none of them have "travel" in their actual product names. Strange.

I'd like to update my rating to 4.5 but of course it has to be 4 or 5, so I think I must leave it as 4.

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