Recently I had the chance to review the Trendnet TEW-680MB 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Media Bridge. For those that don’t know what a bridge is, it provides a connection between your router and your media device. One thing I would like to clarify is that it doesn’t exactly have to be a media device, it can be any device that supports Ethernet. It has a very sleek black finish which I am not a fan of as it’s a huge fingerprint magnet and you can see dust on it instantly. I am a huge fan of matte black finishes and when I interviewed Cisco I advised them to make these changes and go away from sleek finishes. Hopefully Trendnet takes notice when the consumers says they don’t want sleek black finishes and goes to matte.
In terms of the weight and size, it doesn’t way much, around a pound and it’s pretty small so you can fit in into any home entertainment system. It has 4 Gigabit ports and provides a 450 Mbps wireless connection between your router and the bridge. It also has WPS capabilities.
One thing I would like to point out is the packaging. No one, and I repeat, no one uses Netscape, nor Firefox 2.0. I think you can change your packaging and increase your “Browser Compatibility” parts. You would be safe to to remove Netscape and upgrade that number for Firefox up to 10.0 or even higher, just saying.
Anyways back to the actual product review, the TEW-680MB really helps with HD streaming capabilities. Trendnet also claims that the TEW-680MB offers a 70% energy reduction. The thing I really like, it’s so easy to set up! The downstream capabilities are really good, I was very impressed.
One thing though, it’s highly priced. At the time of writing, the TEW-680MB is priced at $125.99 USD. However, given that it’s competitor, the WUMC710 by Cisco is only $25 more and offers 802.11 AC capabilities and more than double the speeds, I do suggest that over top the TEW-680MB from Trendnet. TrendNet really needs to lower their pricing to around the $99.99 mark to compete with the WUMC710 by Cisco.
Overall, I will give the Trendnet TEW-680MB the following rating:
Want to boost that up to a 5/5 ? Get rid of the matte finish and reduce the price to $99.99.
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