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TRENDnet 54Mbps Wireless G Access Point Tew-430Apb (Blue)

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  • Network Interface Fast Ethernet, Ethernet
  • Build-in Switch Interface Ethernet
  • Build-in Switch Interface Ethernet
  • Provides Security with 64/128-Bit WEP,WPA/WPA2 and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
  • Allow Users to Disable ESSID Broadcast to Increase Wireless Security

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 15 x 3 cm ; 227 g
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Item model number: TN-430APB
  • ASIN: B000799LPE
  • Date first available at Sept. 15 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,602 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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TRENDnets TEW-430APB Wireless Access Point is todays link to Wireless Technology. Compliant with the IEEE Wireless Networking Standard 802.11g, it provides Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) operation for transparent bridging and roaming capabilities for wireless nodes. The TEW-430APB also provides WDS bridging functions, allowing users to connect two or more Access Points together, wirelessly. With TRENDnets Wireless Access Point and Wireless Network Adapters, users can connect to Ethernet/Fast Ethernet LAN at home or office to access network resources such as hard drives, CD-ROM/DVD drives, network printers, and Internet connection - with coverage up to 300 meters.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works as I wanted it to, after difficult setup April 5 2008
By R. Simpson - Published on
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I have a couple of computers in one room, connected via LAN to a Linksys Wireless G router/access point, which is connected to a DSL modem. I wanted to put another computer an an Ethernet-attached printer on the floor above. The standard way to do this would be to run a Cat-5 cable from the Linksys router to a small hub on the upper floor, and connect the new computer and printer to it. It would be a long and complicated run, though, and would involve drilling through the floor. Not impossible, but I didn't really look forward to doing it.

This device seemed to be just what I was looking for: a way to replace a long run of Cat-5 cable with a wireless link. Put the TRENDnet Access Point on the upper floor along with a small hub (the Access Point has only one Ethernet jack), and plug the computer and printer into the hub.

The Access Point offers five modes of operation. The one I expected to use is called "WDS", for Wireless Distribution System. From the user manual, it appears as if this is the mode for just extending a LAN as I wanted to do. I was never able to get this mode of operation to communicate with the Linksys router. The manual is not well written, and the help windows from the Access Point's built in web server are even worse. Using browsers to look at the settings of both the Linksys and the TRENDnet, I verified that everything that I can set was entered correctly: Channel number, SSID, passphrases, MAC addresses, everything. No connection was ever made, in WDS mode.

So I tried "AP + WDS" mode; still nothing worked.

Finally I tried "AP Client" mode, in which (quoting now) "the AP will be a wireless Ethernet adapter transforms any Ethernet-enabled devices to have the wireless function." From the diagram, it would seem that only one device (computer, printer) could be attached. I tried connecting the switch with both computer and printer to the Access Point in this mode, and finally it all works.

Now that it's working, it is doing just what I wanted it to. The new computer can access the internet and share files with the ones downstairs, the downstairs computers can print on the upstairs printer, and so on.

The poor manual and even worse help text really drags this product down. I would have rated it much higher if it hadn't required so much experimentation to get it going.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bridge, but the instructions are written in crayon March 9 2010
By Joshua R. Abramson - Published on
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Wow, great device and super easy to set up...but you won't find the steps in the instructions. This device is not for beginners due to the useless instructions, but if you're using it to add a non-wireless device like a PC or a Netflix on demand box such as the Samsung Blue Ray player (BDP-1600) to your wireless network, it works great. After studying the instructions both hard copy, CD doc, [...], and having to reset the device 5 times, I finally got it. It was all trial and error.

To make it a wireless bridge, here are the simple steps:
1. Make sure that IP isn't already being used on your network.
2. Hard wire the device to your network router
3. Connect to the device via in a web browser.
4. Go through the simple four-step wizard to give it a name...etc. (I chose all the defaults.)
5. Go to "Basic Setup"
6. Choose "AP Client"
7. Click the "Site Survey" button and choose your home wireless network. (Make sure your wireless network is broadcasting.)
8. If your home wireless network is secure, enter WEP key or whatever it is secured with.
9. Hit the "Apply" button and you're least I was. It is super simple...once you know how to do it.

Good luck.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Well as a Repeater. Oct. 9 2009
By Paul Farmer - Published on
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I bought this for my sister, so she could access my wireless network from her house next door. Before she got this, the only way she could get enough of a signal to use her netbook was to open a window facing my house and put the netbook on the window sill. Our houses are only about 50 feet apart, but my Rosewill router sits behind a thick concrete wall. This has proved the perfect solution to the problem. Set-up was not that difficult, I just connected it via ethernet to my PC, set up my PC to use a static IP address, used a web browser to access the device, set it to repeater mode, found my network and put in the network and security settings, and, after changing my PC's network settings back to dynamic IP, was done. If you've set up wireless networks before, there's nothing to it, if not, look on it as a learning experience! All we had to do after that was to put it in a room in her house that was near to mine, and plug it in. I also replaced the antennas on my router and this AP with ones that are a bit more robust. Now she can get a good signal on her netbook anywhere in her house, and her desktops equipped with PCI wireless adapters also get good signal. This is probably the cheapest, easiest way to solve a similar problem you're likely to find, if you have, or are willing to acquire, the know-how.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Product, Bad Documentation, Good Tech Support Jan. 6 2010
By Greg - Published on
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I am using this product to extend my wireless network and deliver internet connectivity to my DirecTV receiver and my X-Box 360 down in the living room. Note that currently I can only provide internet to one or the other at a time with this device. It only has one ethernet port on the back. I would need a switch/hub to split the signal to both devices. My DSL modem and router is upstairs in the office, and since I am renting I don't want to go to the trouble of running ethernet to the living room. Now that the device is up and running, it works as expected. Getting it set up was a bear though. The instructions you might as well set on fire as soon as you have them in your hands. They were outright wrong.

You have to set your computer up with a static IP in order to access the management software on the device. The manual says to give your computer a static IP of 192.168.1.x, with x being a number between 2 and 254. It doesn't mention using a default gateway, but typically you would fill this out. I entered, which is the default IP of the access point. None of this worked. I ended up calling TrentNet technical support. I was on hold for all of 5 seconds, when a nice man from India picked up and got my problem solved in maybe 10 minutes. He was extremely helpful. Turns out, the documentation is wrong and I needed to set my static IP to, and leave default gateway blank. After doing this, and doing a hard reset of the access point (via the reset button on the back), I was finally able to log into the access point. That was all I was calling about, because I was fairly sure I could set up the rest on my own. But he asked me what I wanted to use the device for, and he went ahead and walked me through the rest of the settings. As I said, he was very helpful.

So bottom line, the product works as intended. The documentation is absolutely worthless, and the tech support at TrentNet is top notch (in my experience).
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to add an AP to your wired network May 4 2010
By Your conscious - Published on
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My scenario is very typical. I have a cable modem coming into the house and it is then connected to a five-port hardwired router which splits off to my main PC and the kids bedroom for their XBOX. I wanted a wireless connection for a laptop PC as well as my Zune. There is lots of confusion about how to hook this AP to your network but everyone's system is a little different. Mine is fairly basic, so here goes. The AP menu can only be accessed by setting a static IP via your network TCP/IP configuration. Connect your LAN cable directly to the AP (not from the router). Click on START>CONTROL PANEL>NETWORK CONNECTIONS, Right click on Local Area Connections, then Properties. Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click on Properties. On the General Tab, click on Use The Following IP Address and set it to Don't worry about the Subnet Mask. Click Okay, then open your browser and type in (the IP of your AP). The AP menu should load. Under Basic Settings, select Access Point (Not AP Client), and use the other default settings. You can use another name for the SSID but I left it to TRENDnet so I'd know what I was connected to. Also make sure the "Auto/DHCP" under Advanced settings is disabled. Now click Save, then reconnect the AP and your LAN cable to your hardwired router and go back to the original TCP/IP settings under Network Connections and save (Obtain an IP address automatically). Turn on a wireless device and TRENDnet should show up as a connection. If all goes well you can later enable the security settings if you live in an apartment, etc. The range of this AP is pretty good (I can receive a strong signal >50 feet outside the house). Hope this helps. The poor documentation doesn't help anything but the concept is straightforward. You enter a static IP to access the AP, do the above settings, reconnect everything and reset the network setting back to original, and you should be online. Good luck.

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