A router is the heart of a home or office's internet network. Without one, it would be impossible to search google, browse youtube, stream tv, or play online games. Though nearly everyone uses the internet, they never have to think where it comes from, which is why, when they have to, they can be nervous about heading into the router's maintenance page. However, before someone can start to make changes to the router's settings, they have to login, which in itself can be intimidating, though, with the Trendnet router, it is simple.
Before you can access your router's maintenance page, you need to connect a computer device to the unit. You can do this via Wi-Fi or with a wired connection using one of the routers ethernet ports.
Once you connect to your router, open up your preferred web browser. Popular web browsers include Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, or Microsoft Edge. Once your browser is open, type the routers IP address192.168.10.1 into the search bar. If that IP address doesn't work, you can search for your model of Trendnet router or see the base of the router, which should have the correct IP address labeled.
After searching for the IP address, you will have access to the routers login page. It is in this interface where you input the username and password, which will be one of the defaults listed here.
Once logged into your router, you can make a variety of changes, which include the username and password of the router, the security settings of the Wi-Fi network, and what ports are open on the router.
Trendnet, stylized as TRENDnet, founded in 1990 by Pei Huang and Peggy Huang, is an international manufacturer of networking devices and surveillance technology, with its products aimed at the domestic market and the small to medium business market. Trendnet's current headquarters is in Torrance, California.
Trendnet aims to build products that are innovative, easy to use, and reliable, which they have been doing for thirty years. Their range of products includes routers, switches, USB hubs, network storage solutions, and surveillance accessories. Trendnet as a brand has received recognition for the quality and performance of its products. Trendnet has also gained recognition for its responsive support. These accolades are for the company as a whole, with many singular products also receiving rewards.
Trendnet has also been at the forefront among network system creators, with their green initiatives. In 2008, Trendnet launched its energy-saving GREENnet technology, which reduces the power consumption of networking devices by up to 70%. Trendnet also ensures that its packaging contains at least 80% recycled materials. These two initiatives contribute to Trendnet's goal to meet or beat environmental requirements outlined by environmental regulatory boards, including RoHS, CEC, and WEEE, as some examples.
However, Trendnet has faced scrutiny for one of its security products. The FTC or federal trade commission brought allegations against the company after Trendnet advertised their Securview IP cameras as being secure. However, anyone with online access and the IP address of the camera unit could view the footage. A final settlement for the case gained approval in 2014.
A router is the hub of a home's internet network, and Trendnet has an offering to meet any domestic internet needs, from basic browsing to providing a high-powered network for the whole house. Their current offering from their online store comes in three different categories. Trendnet's wireless routers come as the following:
As it stands, Trendnet only offers a single model of Wi-Fi mesh router, the TEW-830MDR AC2200 Wi-Fi Mesh Router. A mesh router connects to another router to create a single, more expansive network in a property to eliminate any Wi-Fi network blind spots. The EW-830MDR AC2200 Wi-Fi Mesh Router connects to another of the same model to create this network, with Trendnet selling a pair at a discounted rate. Even if you have no intention to use the router for its mesh network capabilities, its specifications still make it a suitable single unit.
Trendnet offers two wireless router units, a tri-band router, and a dual-band router.
The tri-band router is the TEW-829DRU AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router. This router has two 5Ghz networks with one offering 1733mbps and one at 867mbps, and a 2.4Ghz at 400mbps. The router also comes with two wan ports, meaning you can make use of two separate ISPs and 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connections.
The dual-band router offered by Trendnet is the TEW-827DRU AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router. This router has a 5Ghz network offering 1733mbps and a 2.4Ghz network offering 800mbps. For hard-wired connections, it comes with one USB 3.0 port and three Gigabit Ethernet ports. This router makes use of MU-MIMO technology to increase the performance of the network.
Trendnet has two compact routers on offer.
The TEW-714TRU N150 Wireless Travel Router turns a wired connection at a hotel, for example, into a Wi-Fi network though with a low 150mbps. There is a single USB port for sharing files over a network and another USB port reserved for charging of the unit for when you need a connection, but there are no power outlets available.
The TEW-655BR3G 3G Mobile Wireless Router allows you to take any 3G network, such as one provided by a 3G dongle, and turn it into a private [email protected] network, which can provide internet speeds of up to 150mbps.
Trendnet doesn't offer any superpowerful routers made for stretching the limit of internet usage. Instead, their line of routers is suitable for standard domestic usage, with the option to build a mesh network if desired. However, despite the simplicity, there are routers to suit different needs. If your internet requirements do not need a mesh router, one of the standalone units will prove suitable, with wireless speeds that are fine for normal browsing, and even streaming.
If opting for one of the standard wireless routers, you then need to decide if you require tri-band or dual-band. Tri-band routers offer three networks to distribute your load of the networks, and the router provided by Trendnet comes with two WAN ports, offering a more stable network. The dual-band router does come with less possible networks. However, it does make use of MU-MIMO, which stands for multi-user MIMO. This technology helps keep a network consistent when there are lots of devices connected. The router for the mesh network also comes with MU-MIMO.
The dual-band router also comes with targeted beamforming, which ensures the Wi-Fi signal goes directly to the device, as opposed to being a radial signal. Beamforming is a highly-sort feature in any router, as it ensures your device is always getting the best possible signal.
A powerful router can change your internet experience, though that should not come at the expense of your security. Luckily, the big-name router manufacturers know this, including Trendnet. All but the compact routers come with a pre-encrypted Wi-Fi network. However, the compact routers can have their networks protected using the WPA2 security scheme, which is the newest and most secure security scheme available. All the routers except the mesh router also support the WEP security scheme, which ensures maximum compatibility, as not all devices can connect to a device using WPA/WPA2. The advantage to dual-band and tri-band networks, if they support different security settings, is that you can configure one network for one type of security, and the other, with the other. Doing so allows for maximum compatibility across all devices.
Some of the above routers also come with parental controls, which allow the network administrator to restrict certain content and set limited hours. These settings get accessedthrough the router's maintenance page. It is also possible to track the browsing history and internet usage of the devices connected to the network, to ensure the users are not downloading things they shouldn't be.
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