Tenda Wireless-N150 Access Point / Cable Router £12.50 @ ebuyer.com (£17.29 including postage) - HotUKDeals
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Product Description

W311R+ includes wireless AP, router, 4-port switch and firewall in one, and increases over 3 times transmission speed of ordinary 802.11g products. Compatible with IEEE802.11n (Draft 2.0) and IEEE802.11g/b standards, it can provide stable transmission rate and be dedicated to SOHOs and family networking. In addition, URL and MAC address filtering can take it easy for parents and network administrator to manage networking life, and QoS bandwidth control over specific computers downloading speed is supported as well. Moreover, the included Setup Wizard on CD-ROM will be easy and fast for non-savvy users to install the device and access to the Internet.
Includes router, wireless access point, 4-port switch and firewall in one
Supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) encryption methods to secure your networking
Compliant to IEEE802.11n, IEEE802.11g, IEEE802.11b
Supports over 6 times transmission range of 11G products
Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA&WPA2 encryption methods
Provides one 10/100Mbps Auto-Negotiation Ethernet WAN port
Provides four 10/100Mbps Auto-Negotiation Ethernet LAN ports
Supports xDSL/Cable MODEM, static and dynamic IP in community networking
Supports remote/local Web management
Supports WMM to better smooth your voice and video
Supports SSID stealth mode and access control based over MAC address (up to 30 entries)
Supports Auto MDI/MDIX
Supports wireless Roaming technology for high-efficient wireless connections
Supports auto negotiation/manual mode for 802.11b/802.11g/802.11n
Supports UPnP and DDNS
Supports Firefox 1.0, IE5.5 or above
Supports SNTP
Supports virtual server, DMZ host
Built-in firewall for hackers attack prevention
Supports DHCP server/client
Supports auto wireless channel selection
Supports LAN control over the Internet access
Provides syslog to record the status of the router
Supports WDS wireless network extension
Supports QoS function
External detachable antenna support for replacing demand
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1 Like #1
These are fantastic devices for the money but people need to know what they're buying.

They work either as a

- wireless base-station/switch for an existing non-wireless modem/router
- wireless extender for an existing network (link many of these to extend your wireless)
- wireless adaptor

if your router has no wireless, this will give you just that (one cable from the existing router into the WAN port)

If your wireless signal is poor you can 'extend' your network using one of these (chaining them together on the same wireless network)

You can wire one of these in the back of a wired device (say an XBOX 360 or PC or mediaplayer) and then connect to a wireless network - for a LOT less money than the official adaptors for many devices (esp the 360 ones!!) Downside is that these are not as small or subtle and I suspect their lack of aerials (can be replaced tho) may harm their range/speed a bit too.

What they are NOT is a modem - you will still need one of those for ADSL or a cable modem to connect to cable.
#2
looks good value to me.
#3
Shame about postage! :-(
#4
I've had bad experience with Tenda networking products...
#5
Good deal, I'm gonna get one!
#6
Had one of these for a month and I cannot praise it enough. Heat added
#7
I have one and have had no problems. Hot at the price and no mistake.
banned#8
therealjohnpeat
These are fantastic devices for the money but people need to know what they're buying.

They work either as a

- wireless base-station/switch for an existing non-wireless modem/router
- wireless extender for an existing network (link many of these to extend your wireless)
- wireless adaptor

if your router has no wireless, this will give you just that (one cable from the existing router into the WAN port)

If your wireless signal is poor you can 'extend' your network using one of these (chaining them together on the same wireless network)

You can wire one of these in the back of a wired device (say an XBOX 360 or PC or mediaplayer) and then connect to a wireless network - for a LOT less money than the official adaptors for many devices (esp the 360 ones!!) Downside is that these are not as small or subtle and I suspect their lack of aerials (can be replaced tho) may harm their range/speed a bit too.

What they are NOT is a modem - you will still need one of those for ADSL or a cable modem to connect to cable.


Do you have actual experience of this exact model of access point?

Because, it sounds like you don't, and if you don't then I would be careful about some of the things you are saying as they may not be true.

For example, I can see nowhere in the specs that mentions this device includes wireless bridging functionality (not standard functionality with all access points...). And if it doesn't, then you cannot 'wire it into the back of a wired device' (EG xbox360) and connect it to a wireless network through it. It simply won't work.

If your wireless signal is poor you can 'extend' your network using one of these (chaining them together on the same wireless network)

And again, I see nowhere that mentions that this device has a wireless repeating function built in (which is EXTREMELY unlikely that it would). As such, the only way that it will do what you're saying is if you either run cat5 cabling from it to your existing router/switch to it, or if you get two of these, use one in bridging mode (if it does actually have bridging mode, which it probably doesn't - see last point) then the other in standard access point mode.

Oh, and Tenda gear is cheap for a reason to be honest. Spend a few extra pounds and go for the buffalo N access point and flash it with DD-WRT. Will give you a far, far better solution for very little extra.
#9
added heat, I bought one of these last month and although the web interface isn't brilliant, it does the job and even connected to my netgear DG834GT (which is the weak link in my network). I might just get another one of these to replace the DG834GT as the router
#10
I have had TENDA Wireless N Router and USB Dongle now for well over 18 months.

Have told everyone to buy them. They have been nothing short of brilliant. Powerful signal and great distance.

Don't hold back buying. Cheap and Great Quality.
#11
Sooo if your broadband box doesn't support wifi, how, if it does, allow me to hook my PS3 up wireless?

thanks
#12
tWeetZ
I've had bad experience with Tenda networking products...


I bought this and the modem router (plus a couple of cable to get free postage)

The modem router was a right pain to set up, needed new firmware and non standard settings to get working with talktalk.

This was fairly straightforward to set up. I have the modem connected to the phone line and use the access point upstairs connected wirelessly. The pcs are then wired to the access point.

I did have to look up what the various modes were thought lasy,bridge & repeater. to work out the correct settings.
#13
ryan7
Sooo if your broadband box doesn't support wifi, how, if it does, allow me to hook my PS3 up wireless?

thanks


Yes. My son is using his PS3 with one of these. Setup instructions for the router in the box & then follow the onscreen instructions on the PS3.
#14
Anarchist
Do you have actual experience of this exact model of access point?

Because, it sounds like you don't, and if you don't then I would be careful about some of the things you are saying as they may not be true.

For example, I can see nowhere in the specs that mentions this device includes wireless bridging functionality (not standard functionality with all access points...). And if it doesn't, then you cannot 'wire it into the back of a wired device' (EG xbox360) and connect it to a wireless network through it. It simply won't work.



And again, I see nowhere that mentions that this device has a wireless repeating function built in (which is EXTREMELY unlikely that it would). As such, the only way that it will do what you're saying is if you either run cat5 cabling from it to your existing router/switch to it, or if you get two of these, use one in bridging mode (if it does actually have bridging mode, which it probably doesn't - see last point) then the other in standard access point mode.

Oh, and Tenda gear is cheap for a reason to be honest. Spend a few extra pounds and go for the buffalo N access point and flash it with DD-WRT. Will give you a far, far better solution for very little extra.


I own this router. I can confirm it has both a bridging and repeater mode.
#15
Great ordered a couple, just what I needed to test setup a wireless bridge between two buildings without breaking the bank. Heat added =)
#16
Can you connect it to 802.11g router and turn the wireless into 802.11n ? (I'm assuming 802.11n is not going to be slowed much by the wired router)
#17
just order 4 cheers.
#18
Anarchist

Oh, and Tenda gear is cheap for a reason to be honest. Spend a few extra pounds and go for the buffalo N access point and flash it with DD-WRT. Will give you a far, far better solution for very little extra.


any links to the Bufallo N access point for a few poumds more?

EliTom
#19
any links to the Bufallo N access point for a few poumds more?

EliTom


Your looking at 2-3 times the price (minimum) for a Bufallo
#20
Well 2.36 times the price £29.51
#21
elofty
Well 2.36 times the price £29.51


have you a link for teh Bufallo at £29.51

thanks

EliTom
#22
Ordered this the last time it was posted. Its ok for the price. Only problem I had is when I upgraded from WinXP to Win7 I can only connect to wireless when I disable WPA (unsecure network) but that's to do with the OS I guess. So I'd recommend this.
#23
I just have an ordinary old wired webstar modem , no wireless or nothing , Do i have to plug this thing into my cable modem and then I have wireless around the house that can be used for PS3 , PsP , ipod touch etc ?

Would I have to have the PC running before I could connect the PS3 etc to the wireless , I only ask as I once had a usb stick thing that gave out a wireless connection so if I wanted to use the PS3 online I had to power up the PC wasting electricity .
#24
tWeetZ
I've had bad experience with Tenda networking products...


couldn't get one of my other tenda to work (properly) with bittorrent or xbox live (without dmz).. doesn't work with ps3 remote play without dmz either..

and my spare tenda n150 doesn't seem to work at all

don't think i will ever buy tendas again.
1 Like #25
MinerWilly
I just have an ordinary old wired webstar modem , no wireless or nothing , Do i have to plug this thing into my cable modem and then I have wireless around the house that can be used for PS3 , PsP , ipod touch etc ?

Yes. See first post.
if your router has no wireless, this will give you just that (one cable from the existing router into the WAN port)

Would I have to have the PC running before I could connect the PS3 etc to the wireless , I only ask as I once had a usb stick thing that gave out a wireless connection so if I wanted to use the PS3 online I had to power up the PC wasting electricity .

No. Just the modem and this. But see post just above this.
1 Like #26
Thanks Chuck , think I will give it a miss then ! But thanks for explaining this is plain english . +rep added .
1 Like #27
Anarchist
Do you have actual experience of this exact model of access point?

I do.
Anarchist
For example, I can see nowhere in the specs that mentions this device includes wireless bridging functionality (not standard functionality with all access points...). And if it doesn't, then you cannot 'wire it into the back of a wired device' (EG xbox360) and connect it to a wireless network through it. It simply won't work.

Wrong on all counts. It can act as a wireless client for a wired device.
Anarchist
And again, I see nowhere that mentions that this device has a wireless repeating function built in (which is EXTREMELY unlikely that it would).

Instead of guessing as to the likelyhood of features, perhaps you should do some research ?
It can act in repeater mode.
Anarchist
Oh, and Tenda gear is cheap for a reason to be honest.

Erm... the number of routers on the market with the functionality mentioned above are few and far between. This is an absolute bargain at the price.
Anarchist
Spend a few extra pounds and go for the buffalo N access point and flash it with DD-WRT. Will give you a far, far better solution for very little extra.

"far, far better" at what exactly ?
By your own admission you've never used the Tenda - why are you making such ludicrous assumptions ?!
#28
MinerWilly
I just have an ordinary old wired webstar modem , no wireless or nothing , Do i have to plug this thing into my cable modem and then I have wireless around the house that can be used for PS3 , PsP , ipod touch etc ?

Yep - exactly that ! You wouldn't need the PC on to use your PS3 - your WiFi network would exist entirely independently.
#29
I've received two of the routers today. Connected one to my xbox and the other to my sky router and NAS, setup took about 30 minutes, excellent signal quality and range. Streaming from my NAS to my xbox is far better than when using power line adapters, these routers are a bargain for the price. Also getting a far higher download speed to my netbook and laptop.
#30
Anarchist
Do you have actual experience of this exact model of access point?
Yes - I have 2 of them here and bought 2 on behalf of friends to use...

One is my main Wireless AP, the other is a wireless adaptor for an older XBOX (XBMC)

The other friend uses his as both an extender for his wireless and a 360 adaptor...

Read the comments on the eBuyer site and I'm pretty sure there's a link (or just google for) the manuals to confirm that they do all these wonderful things.

and stop getting all hoity-toity over brandnames - these things work quite well and amazingly for the cash.
banned#31
Anarchist
Do you have actual experience of this exact model of access point?

Because, it sounds like you don't, and if you don't then I would be careful about some of the things you are saying as they may not be true.

For example, I can see nowhere in the specs that mentions this device includes wireless bridging functionality (not standard functionality with all access points...). And if it doesn't, then you cannot 'wire it into the back of a wired device' (EG xbox360) and connect it to a wireless network through it. It simply won't work.



And again, I see nowhere that mentions that this device has a wireless repeating function built in (which is EXTREMELY unlikely that it would). As such, the only way that it will do what you're saying is if you either run cat5 cabling from it to your existing router/switch to it, or if you get two of these, use one in bridging mode (if it does actually have bridging mode, which it probably doesn't - see last point) then the other in standard access point mode.

Oh, and Tenda gear is cheap for a reason to be honest. Spend a few extra pounds and go for the buffalo N access point and flash it with DD-WRT. Will give you a far, far better solution for very little extra.

haha, you got owned.
#32
:whistling:[SIZE="5"][SIZE="4"]Does it support Virgin Media broadband (cable customers). Thanks.[/SIZE][/SIZE] Vote Hot :whistling: :whistling: :whistling:
#33
HD2010
:whistling:[SIZE="5"][SIZE="4"]Does it support Virgin Media broadband (cable customers). Thanks.[/SIZE][/SIZE] Vote Hot :whistling: :whistling: :whistling:


yes, it's a cable modem :whistling:
#34
therealjohnpeat;8053892
These are fantastic devices for the money but people need to know what they're buying.

They work either as a

- wireless base-station/switch for an existing non-wireless modem/router
- wireless extender for an existing network (link many of these to extend your wireless)
- wireless adaptor

if your router has no wireless, this will give you just that (one cable from the existing router into the WAN port)

If your wireless signal is poor you can 'extend' your network using one of these (chaining them together on the same wireless network)

You can wire one of these in the back of a wired device (say an XBOX 360 or PC or mediaplayer) and then connect to a wireless network - for a LOT less money than the official adaptors for many devices (esp the 360 ones!!) Downside is that these are not as small or subtle and I suspect their lack of aerials (can be replaced tho) may harm their range/speed a bit too.

What they are NOT is a modem - you will still need one of those for ADSL or a cable modem to connect to cable.

can these boost the signal from my router to my laptop?

I have a router wireless and a laptop wireless. I only tend to get about 200kb on the wireless laptop due to the distance between the two. If i attached this to my laptop would it give me better connection i.e. better speeds to the router?
#35
oceanic
can these boost the signal from my router to my laptop?

I have a router wireless and a laptop wireless. I only tend to get about 200kb on the wireless laptop due to the distance between the two. If i attached this to my laptop would it give me better connection i.e. better speeds to the router?


Possibly, or you could use it as a repeater, position this router between your laptop and main router.
#36
Any idea what sort of real life speeds would be? I have a wireless G router but I get about 1.1MB/s speeds with it sending files to me pc downstairs.... Also will need to upgrade the rest with usb wireless N.... Or something that says 300mbps would be better for me? I have started to send GB's over from 1 pc to the other at the moment and it takes a few hours.
#37
On wireless speeds and ranges in general...

If you are getting a poor wireless signal (due to distance or obstacles) the first thing to consider is whether you can get a better aerial/reposition existing aerials and equipment.

You should check you're using a 'clear' wireless channel too. If your neighbours are using the same channel you'll slow your performance - so try switch channels to see if that helps (or use a tool like NetStumbler to see what they're using and use a channel as far from nearby users as possible).

Keeping your router/laptop away from big chunks of metal (table legs/desk supports etc.) helps enormously too.

If you're still struggling on signal strength, positioning a unit like this 'haltway' would increase that (effectively it 'repeats' the message - eg.. wireless repeater).

As for speeds - the max speed for wireless "b" was about 1.5Mbps - wireless "g" around 6.5Mb/sec and wireless 'n' faster than your HDD most likely. Thing is tho, older PCs and many laptop HDDs are flat-out at around 4-5Mb/sec writing (low power/low speed HDDs to save battery power and all that).

So it may be that even with a better signal or faster protocol things may not improve that much - certainly I'd use one of these more for range/repeating over pure speed gain.

Also - wireless 'g' is fast enough to max almost any home internet connection (easily upto 20Mb and most of Virgin 50Mb too tbh) so the only reason you'd need more speed is for accessing local servers (and again, how fast are they? Many low-end NAS's are painfully slow in themselves).
#38
Thanks for the info. I bought one of those ebuyer Acer Revo deals so like to swap big video files etc between that and my main desktop pc in my bedroom that I use for downloading, could buy this and the Sweex usb adaptor from the play.com deal.... hmmmm
#39
thanks for the posts this looks like a great cable modem, AP, extender, etc...
Nice price. Remember if you order other items from Ebuyer you can get free shipping for orders over 50 pounds.

twe
T...could buy this and the Sweex usb adaptor from the play.com deal.... hmmmm


The review on plat for the Sweex is not positive but I noticed the chipset vendor had a few updated drivers are around. http://www.ralinktech.com/support.php?s=1 including ones from Dec 2009 and non Windows Platforms (Mac, Linux)

Anyone used this Sweex? It looks ok on paper I could not find any other reviews.

Not sure if the 12 year Warranty Available (following registration) on play should me 12 months?

I noticed that there were drivers and firmware updates from Nov 09 from the manufacturer.

http://www.sweex.com/en/assortiment/internet-networking/lan-cards/LW153/drivers_firmware
#40
does this come with a network cable in the box?

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