By Evan Ackerman
No matter how easy wireless network setup promises to be, it’s almost always a minor headache, and occasionally a major headache. Once I get all of my computers talking to each other and to the router and to the internet, I live in fear of a power outage or that one of the cats will mess with the surge protector and electrocute itself and blow a fuse and force me to set everything up again.
This is why I’m still using a 802.11g router, instead of the newer, faster, more powerful, and just generally sexier 802.11n. Oh, and the fact that a new router costs a bunch of money. The TRENDNet TEW-637AP 300Mbps Wireless Easy-N-Upgrader purports to make all of these things entirely painless. All you have to do is plug the TEW-637AP into the back of your existing 802.11b/g wireless router and it magically converts your wireless network to 802.11n while preserving all of your existing network configuration settings. In a test by Laptop Magazine, setup took “2 minutes” and and they noticed an immediate increase in speed by 4-5x and boost in range by a couple hundred feet.
Right now, the TRENDNet TEW-637AP 300Mbps Wireless Easy-N-Upgrader is $24.99 with free shipping from NewEgg.
VIA [ CNET News ]