Review: TRENDnet Mobile 3G Wireless N Router - Page 2

By Eric Geier

July 15, 2010

Reviewing the technical features

While reviewing the Wi-Fi settings, we found the TRENDnet unit to only support the Pre-Shared Key (PSK) variant of WPA and WPA2, also known as the Personal mode. This might be disappointing to business-class users wanting to use 802.1X authentication with the Enterprise mode of WPA or WPA2.

Another feature found lacking in most other Wi-Fi routers is client isolation. However, this doesn't really affect you unless you're going to use it as a public Wi-Fi hotspot or share it with strangers. Client isolation prevents users connected to the router from communicating when with each other. This helps protect the shared files of users when everyone on the router can't be trusted. Windows Vista and 7 include a network classification feature that also helps secure shares when on public networks, but some users still might be running Windows XP.

We should note that other than those two features, the router includes all the other typical features and settings you'd find in Wi-Fi routers, such as: virtual server and port forwarding, filtering, URL blocking, MAC filtering, dynamic DNS, QoS, and SNMP.

Our final words

Overall, we found TRENDnet's Mobile 3G Wireless N Router easy to setup and use. Our main concerns are the lacking supporting of enterprise encryption and client isolation. However, these aren't big enough to stop us from giving it a strong recommendation to most 3G users.

Eric Geier is the Founder and CEO of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi with enterprise-level encryption by offering an outsourced RADIUS/802.1X authentication service. He is also the author of many networking and computing books, for brands such as For Dummies and Cisco Press.

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