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First 450Mbps Wireless-N Gigabit Router Out

TRENDnet said Monday that it shipped the world's first 450 Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router, the TEW-691GR. It comes packed with three external antennas that broadcast on the 2.4 GHz spectrum--three spatial streams per antenna produce the 450 Mbps theoretical wireless throughput. Unfortunately, the only compatible hardware thus far taking advantage of the new speed is Intel's integrated 5300 wireless chip used in laptops.

According to the company, the new router should have a rather hefty range using Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology to boost the throughput speed, signal strength, and overall wireless coverage. The device also provides one Gigabit Wide Area Network port and four Gigabit Local Area Network ports.

"Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button," TRENDnet said. "Gone are the days of entering complicated encryption codes; simply press the WPS button on the TEW-691GR, and then press the WPS button on a compatible wireless adapter, confirm you would like to connect and the devices automatically exchange information and connect. The router is compatible with IEEE 802.11n and backward compatible with IEEE 802.11g/b/a compliant devices."

Other bells and whistles include the latest wireless encryption, a fast and intuitive setup, WMM Quality of Service (QoS) technology, and a secured firewall to protect the user's network. The device will hit online and retail stores "shortly," and will cost $199 USD.