Summary: The TrendNet TEW-637AP is a very attractive-looking package and it certainly makes the leap into wireless-N incredibly easy, even for people who aren’t quite as tech-savvy. Setting up this new access point is much the same as setting up a new wireless network on a “full” wireless router, but it’s just a smidget easier because it doesn’t have to deal with any of the “routing” part of the picture. And the glossy black is pleasing to the eye too.
Pros: Very compact and pleasing to the eye, Remarkably easy to install and setup, Offers high speeds and great range, Secure Wireless Protected Setup (WPS) is convenient
Cons: Might as well pay a little more for a real wireless-N router, Provided Ethernet cable is pretty short, Using 100Mbps cable may create a bottleneck, No additional Ethernet ports provided
Summary: When we turned off the Asus’s access point and tweaked the Easy-N to run in 802.11n-only mode with channel bonding activated, throughput jumped to 81.7Mb/s. The Trendnet’s throughput was significantly faster than our 802.11g access point’s inside the house. Its outdoor range, though, was less impressive: Our notebook couldn’t maintain a connection to it in either of our exterior locations.
Pros: Bumps up your G network to near-N speeds without replacing your router.
Cons: Mediocre range; only operates at 2.4GHz band instead of dual-band, like real draft-N routers.