Summary: I have puchased [10-12] of these over the last two years and was truly happy with them until I recently bought the TRENDnet Wireless AC600 Dual Band USB 2.0 Adapter, TEW-804UB. This one (TEW-649UB) performs well but there is NO COMPARISON to the newer model (TEW-804UB)! It's worth the extra money to upgrade to the newer model, the range is probably double and the signal strength for me has been 4-6 times stronger in XP Pro & 2-3 times stronger in Vista Business!
Summary: Low quality, I have had constant issues with this heating up and then dropping connections regardless of the device it was attached to. Finally they other day it seems to have completely failed. I would recommend a different product.
Summary: I bought this because it uses a RealTek chip(RTL8192SU) and RealTek supports Linux well. This did not work out of the box but was pretty simple to get going. It involved downloading and copying a firmware file to a specific location. The directions are here if anyone is interested: [...] It will also work with NDISwrapper but I had problems with it not initializing after suspending using NDISwrapper.
Summary: We purchased the Trendnet TEW-649UB for my wife's Dell mini desktop system that we have set up far away from the router and have been very impressed with its performance. Dell wanted an additional $50 for a built in wireless card for her desktop system, so upon researching our options opted to forgo the built-in wireless and go for a reasonably priced USB wireless device. The device is VERY small and is VERY stable on her Windows 7 desktop.
Summary: I really enjoy this. There are only a issue: they tell you that can connect at 300mbps but I just can obtain 150mbps. I have a MSI N Router that is great but only can obtain 150mbps from this trendnet. I have 2 notebooks. One with G wireless (in this I use this trendnet) and another with N wireless and with this last one can obtain 300mbps with the same router, then this is an issue from this trendnet and not with the router.
Summary: I know I can't add a lot of technical jargon and specs with my review but I felt the need to tell my short backstory about my purchase to try and give a second opinion. (Literally, since as of right now there's only one other review!) Recently I upgraded my home network from G/N to just N with a new D-Link Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router , and even a Buffalo Technology Nfiniti Wireless-N Dual Band Ethernet Converter WLI-TX4-AG300N for all of my living room needs.
Summary: technically works but freezes on 144p while watching movies... 360p? forget about it switches down to 144p then freezes halfway though a 2 min video. tried driver on cd, downloaded from trendnet website (at 68kb/s) no dice.. even used device manager for windows to install using the win7/x64 folder, installs but does same thing..
Summary: advertised '150Mbs'. have connected multiple devices... laptops and desktops... speeds range from 35-55Mbs much better than G speed... but FAR from N speed. unit works... easy setup... just MUCH slower than advertised.
Unfortunately I have to concur with the lower rating on this one.
5 April 2014
Summary: I recently acquired use of my resort's free hotspot for my computers so I've really had to work hard on finding good adapters. Of the several I bought, this one was the least efficient, bringing in about 6-10Mbps on average. And this is a faster N type adapter. My other Zonets, Alphas and Netgears (N's and G's) bring in from 50Mbps to 130Mbps with lightning fast response and hold the signal perfectly. (I'm about 60 feet away from the signal antenna).
TRENDnet Mini Wireless N Speed USB 2.0 Adapter TEW-649UB (Black)
25 February 2014
Summary: I bought this device in May 2013, and it is now February 2014 and this device just died for no apparent reason. It worked fine otherwise. I guess TRENDnet's quality control departments needs to step it up a notch.