Networking company TRENDnet have announced a new 150Mbps mobile wireless router, that - similar to a MiFi - allows you to create a wireless hotspot using 3G or 4G networks. However, unlike the MiFi the TRENDnet TEW-655BR3G has no internal WWAN connection of its own, and instead relies on a USB 3G or 4G modem. The company claims that no software or drivers are required, it's simply a case of slotting in your modem and sharing it with multiple WiFi clients.
Also unlike the MiFi, the TRENDnet router supports WiFi 802.11n rather than merely b/g; that probably won't make a difference to how fast your 3G/4G connection makes it through, but it should cut down the time it takes to transfer files between connected computers. The unfortunate sting in the tail is that, while the TEW-655BR3G does have a Li-Ion battery, it only lasts for 1.5hrs.
Still, the battery is user-replacable so you could always carry a few spares if you need longer untethered connectivity. TRENDnet reckon the TEW-655BR3G will arrive in early April 2010, priced at $99.99.
TRENDnet Launches the 150Mbps Mobile Wireless N Router
TORRANCE, Calif. -January 7, 2010-TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the launch of the ultra compact 150Mbps Mobile Wireless N Router, model TEW-655BR3G. The 150Mbps Mobile Wireless N Router connects to the Internet either using a traditional hard wired connection, or by cutting the cables and connecting with a compatible USB modem from a 3G/4G Internet service provider such as SprintTM, AT&TTM, or VerizonTM.
Designed for people on the go, this compact router connects to the Internet from any 3G/4G cellular phone signal. No installation required, simply plug the 3G/4G USB modem into the router to share an Internet connection with up six times the speed and three times the coverage of a wireless g solution.
No more scrambling to find Internet access while on the go. Now you can share the Internet at a job site, while carpooling to work, in between flights at the airport, and even while on vacation with the family. Consumers only need to have an active Internet plan with their respective third party 3G/4G Internet service provider. The latest wireless encryption protects your valuable data. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported clients at the touch of a button.
"Designed for real-life portability, TEW-655BR3G has a rechargeable and replaceable 1.5 hour lithium ion battery," stated Sonny Su, Technology Director of TRENDnet. "The connection speed users receive from their 3G Internet provider currently tops out around 3Mbps. The router's 150Mbps wireless n technology provides ample bandwidth for all connected users."
The 150Mbps Mobile Wireless N Router, model TEW-655BR3G, will be available from online and retail partners in early April.
The MSRP for the TEW-655BR3G is US $99.99.