Thursday TRENDnet said that it has shipped the "first to market" 450 Mbps Dual Band Wireless N HD Media Bridge, the TEW-680MB. According to the company, the device provides the highest wireless connection speeds available for up to four media center devices such as media players, gaming consoles, Internet televisions, and NVRs.
Naturally there's a catch. Consumers wanting 450 Mbps wireless speeds will need a 450 Mbps dual-band wireless router pumping out both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands. In a typical configuration, laptops and mobile devices should communicate on the highly-used 2.4 GHz network while data-hogging devices like the TEW-680MB media bridge need to reside on the clearer, less used 5 GHz network. And if it's connected to a 300 Mbps router, the device will bottleneck wireless speeds at 300 Mbps.
"The TEW-680MB meets real market demand and completes TRENDnet’s 450Mbps wireless ecosystem," stated Zak Wood, Director of Global Marketing for TRENDnet. "Other brands only offer a 450 Mbps router. However you also need a 450Mbps wireless adapter or bridge to maintain 450 Mbps wireless speeds. TRENDnet is the only brand to offer 450Mbps routers, adapters, and bridges which empower users for the first time to create a whole-home 450Mbps wireless network."
The TEW-680MB can connect to your local network simply by touching the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button on the device and then on the network's router. The devices will automatically exchange information and connect over a secure encrypted wireless signal. Users can then connect up to four devices to the four Gigabit Ethernet ports located on the back of the media bridge device. Built-in Quality of Service (QoS) technology will prioritize streaming video, gaming, and Internet calls.
The 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N HD Media Bridge, model TEW-680MB, comes with a three year limited warranty and is currently shipping to TRENDnet’s online and retail partners for $169.99 USD.