The Trendnet TEW-635BRM is a very small wireless router - more miniature even than the Netgear DGN2000 - and it also has a teeny price tag.

It certainly doesn't possess the stylish design qualities of the Netgear router, however, but the Trendnet TEW-635BRM offers a few additional features that make it rather a bargain.

Dual SSIDS (service set identifiers) on the Trendnet TEW-635BRM allow you to set up two wireless networks with different access privileges on each so you can provide guests with access to the internet while keeping your home network locked away. However, Trendnet's implementation of this feature is a little less sophisticated than that on the Belkin router.

Performance-wise, the Trendnet TEW-635BRM is very similar to the Netgear DGN2000 in that it's fine over short distances but slows down dramatically as your move further away from it. We recorded a top performance of 68Mbps (Megabits per second) from close range, but this tailed off to only 6Mbps when we moved to the next room.

Using the Trendnet TEW-635BRM in a small flat may be fine, but if you live in a larger house with thick walls or want to be able to access the network from your garden, we suggest you choose a different model.

Although not an over-complicated device, the Trendnet TEW-635BRM doesn't offer much hand-holding when it comes to setup. There's a helpful printed quick start guide, but not the level of automated setup we've seen from the likes of Linksys or Belkin. If you've not set up a router before you may find you need to consult the manual rather a lot.

However, at £65 the Trendnet TEW-635BRM is one of the least expensive 802.11n routers available. You may be able to find a Linksys WAG160N for less, this the latter doesn't support dual SSIDs and can't be used as a wireless repeater.

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Trendnet TEW-635BRM: Specs

  • 802.11n/802.11g/802.11b
  • WEP 64-bit and 128-bit
  • WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
  • Mac address authentication
  • Frequency bands supported: 2.4GHz
  • No of antennae: 2 external
  • Multiple SSID support
  • One-Touch security setup
  • Windows Protected Setup (WPS)
  • WLAN repeater mode (WDS)
  • 4x network ports
  • Wireless on/off button
  • SPI Firewall
  • VPN support
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS) support
  • Application-based QoS
  • Parental controls
  • Time-based usage control
  • Website logging
  • URL content filtering
  • IP Filtering
  • Factory reset button
  • Easy setup wizard
  • Power switch
  • 175x130x30mm
  • 6W (max)
  • 802.11n/802.11g/802.11b
  • WEP 64-bit and 128-bit
  • WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
  • Mac address authentication
  • Frequency bands supported: 2.4GHz
  • No of antennae: 2 external
  • Multiple SSID support
  • One-Touch security setup
  • Windows Protected Setup (WPS)
  • WLAN repeater mode (WDS)
  • 4x network ports
  • Wireless on/off button
  • SPI Firewall
  • VPN support
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS) support
  • Application-based QoS
  • Parental controls
  • Time-based usage control
  • Website logging
  • URL content filtering
  • IP Filtering
  • Factory reset button
  • Easy setup wizard
  • Power switch
  • 175x130x30mm
  • 6W (max)

OUR VERDICT

This is a low-cost router with good short-range performance but it isn’t so good for bigger homes as the speed tails off rapidly the further away you get. The Trendnet TEW-635BRM is simple enough to set up if you know what you’re doing, but first time buyers might prefer a little more automation and assisted setup. Its dual SSID support is useful and the price is very good.

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