By Ki Grinsing
Is your gateway modem at home currently is not equipped with wifi access? Or your small office network doesn’t have wifi hotspot in order to provide wifi access to mobile devices like the iPad, Android mobile and other smart-phone? The easiest thing to do in order to provide a wifi network at home or small office is by adding wireless access point.
You can get a lot of high-speed wireless APs in the market including the TRENDnet TEW-690AP.
What this Trendnet 690AP do
Design of this TRENDNET 690ap is very solid with three external antennas which also looks sturdy and strong, two antennas on the back side and one in the left side. All the three antennas can be removed and replaced with more powerful antennas for longer distance coverage.
- Based on 802.11n and is backward compatible with 802.11b/g
- Equipped with one gigabit Ethernet port
- Can be configures as the high speed wireless AP, WDS or repeater
- Advanced security features
Hi speed wifi
To get optimal throughput then connect the device to a high speed network such as a gateway or gigabit switch port for the TEW-690ap equipped with a gigabit port.
Based on wireless N with three spatial data streams MIMO antenna technology, this product delivers speeds of up to 450Mbps, very fast for standard wifi network. Are there many wireless clients with N450 speeds? Brand new laptops with Intel® Centrino® 2 processors are powered by new N450 Wi-Fi enabled.
And with the addition of Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) Quality of Service (QoS) data prioritization the product is ideal for streaming video and online gaming. Connect your XBOX console to high speed wifi universal adapter such as WNCE3001.
Remember that this product must be connected to Ethernet network or to the gateway modem; you cannot connect it to native modem such as Surfboard SB6120 cable modem.
Business class security features
Should your small business network includes the RADIUS sever for Authentication – you can implement the system into the wireless network. The TEW-690AP supports the RADIUS for Authentications. It also supports industrial Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2). To connect to legacy clients (wireless b/g based devices), it is backward compatible and also supports the 64/128-bit WEP encryption.
If you want your wifi network is segmented according to specific security requirements suppose for visitors you can create specific guest wifi given access to guests, and then you can create wifi exclusively for the employees and staff then you can do it because Trendnet 690ap supports multiple SSIDs. This way your network would be secure not to compromise your critical private network resources.
Easy clients connection
Connecting the clients has never been easier. If your clients support the WPS feature, you can connect them easily by just pressing the WPS button to create secure connection to the network.
Trendnet TEW-690ap can be configured as the AP, wireless repeater, or as WDS bridging.
With your high speed router such as Trendnet TEW-692GR or Netgear 4500 N900 router you can extend the range by configuring the 690ap as the repeater.
With Gigabit Ethernet port and supports multiple SSIDs, the TEW-690ap is ideal solutions for building high-speed wireless network in home or offices.
The figure below shows a computer network diagram which uses the TEW-690ap as the wireless access point connected to the Gigabit switch and the modem gateway with the broadband internet connection.
Cons and Pros
- High speeds up to 450Mbps
- Gigabit Ethernet for maximum throughput
- Multiple SSIDs
- Single band
- Stand alone, you cannot manage with wireless controller
Trendnet TEW-690AP is ideal for home or small offices and can be configured as wireless AP, repeater or WDS.
For business class enterprise network you may consider high end unified wireless access point such as Cisco Aironet 1140 Series.