Updated: TEW-712BR - N150 Open Source: entry level router/good value
Stephanie Sullivan, Amazon
11 August 2014
Summary: The TEW-712BR - N150 Open Source version is an entry level router with 150mbps single channel wireless N speed. It is also *very* inexpensive. The LAN and WAN ports are all just 10/100. This isn't for power users. This is a good upgrade for an older wireless G router when you have modest needs for speed and better range. The unit I got was tried for just that purpose.
It works. Advertises high WIFI speed, but slow routing
Bob Walter, Amazon
9 August 2014
Summary: This wireless router is very easy to set up. The quick start directions are fairly accurate. However, there may be an extra step. I suggest you use this procedure for the least trouble: 1. Do NOT connect to your cable modem, etc. Skip this step for now. 2. Connect the wireless router with a cable to your computer. 3. Plug the router in 4. (this is important) turn on, reboot, your computer. 5. Try opening a browser set to the address given in the quick start guide.
Summary: This Atheros SOC is superb. The included firmware is a bit sparse. The system is rock solid running OpenWRT AttitudeAdjustment. You can find a pre-built firmware with LuCI WebUI in the thread below: [...](Search the DD-WRT forum for t=165450) I calculate this router will cost me less than $1/year power cost at an average of 0.8 watts.
Summary: This is an ENTRY LEVEL access point. Here's a perfect audience for them: an older couple whose Cable modem is in an upstairs office, but want a laptop or tablet for the livingroom. Most access is email or sites like NYTimes.com. Wrong audience: large family, lots of devices, wired and wireless, frequent streaming video consumers.
Summary: The "TRENDnet N150 Wireless Router (TEW-712BR)" is an inexpensive entry level router designed for those who live in apartments or smaller sized homes with moderate internet usage (online gaming, internet calls, video streaming etc.). Here are my thoughts; Pros + Easy to setup. + Open Source (although currently there's no DD-WRT firmware for it). + Green-net Power Savings technology can save up to 50% on power consumption. + Inexpensive. Cons - Short Range.
Summary: This router started off well until a couple weeks into operation when it started shutting off wireless function for no reason at all. I always had to restart it when I got home from work in order to have wireless. Several checks in the settings which I didn't tamper with much in the first place proved futile as to the cause of the wireless daily shutdown. The strange thing is that a got me the 300 MBPS to replace it and it works fine.
Summary: I spend too much of my life being frugal. For something as important as Wi-fi, do not cheap out and get this. Maybe buy it for a family member that lives in a 500 sq. ft. home and does not use internet frequently.
Summary: This is a simple and easy to set up WLAN. Great range through-out house with coverage on second floor as well. Perhaps not as powerfull as other units (reaching outside house) but would rather not "broadcast" beyond such anyway. Great value.
Summary: The router is great, but had some difficulty with the manufacturer when attempting to connect it as the agent wanted to charge us to continue with their help connecting the router. After the second attempt in contacting the manufacturer, the router was connected successfully without charging us for their help.