Hands-on: Tenda W150M Portable Router and Ethernet Switch

We live in a world where having access to the Internet is essential, but in some cases this is often difficult to do. The reason for this is because our laptops can only gain access by using it’s built-in Wi-Fi card and connecting to a wireless network. So what happens when there is no wireless network? Well one such suggestion is to use the Tenda W150M 150Mbps Portable Wireless AP/Router.

What this device does is allows you to use the Internet by making use of your USB Dongle that you have with your mobile service provider. We were a little apprehensive about the product at first, as it seemed far too light to be of quality. However, we have noticed time and again that technology moves at an alarming rate — hence why these things get so much lighter.

Looking at the top of the Tenda W150M there are a series of words that say 3G Router, AP, WSSP Router, Wireless Router, 3G, WPS/Reset and finally LAN/WAN. Once you connect power to the device you will see blue lights below all come on and then go off, all that is left on is 3G Router. Do not make the mistake that I made though, make certain that you install the disc first — it helps if you want to use your USB Modem card as a means to get on the Internet.

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Doing this was an easy task; once the software is installed just select your ISP and then you are ready to go. Just remember to set up a password, so no one else can steal your Internet.

Now that things were done in the order that it was meant to I was ready to go, I chose to use Wi-Fi mode, but you do have a choice to use the Ethernet cable. I do not care about using more battery power, rather that than an extra lead to carry around.

The Tenda W150M Portable Router offers up to 150Mbps Wireless-N, so if you have to have the device a distance away from your laptop, you will be happy to know that you will still be able to get a signal. We were very pleased with how the device performed; well I have uploaded this review — hope I have not gone over my data limit?

Some of the main specs and features include:

  • Double the transmission range of 802.11g products
  • WPS (PBC and PIN) enabled device
  • Setup wizard for fast and easy configurations
  • Supports wireless SSID stealth mode and a MAC address access control
  • Powered by either over USB port or power adapter

For more details visit Tenda

Next up we have the Tenda S105 5-Port Fast Ethernet Switch, and is considered to be the ideal network solution for those who have a small office, or even a number of devices that need to get on the Internet via LAN. The S105 has 5 ports, which means that you can connect an additional five devices on top of those that are already connected to your router.

There is not much to the device, once you have connected it to the mains you will see a power light appear, and for each device that you connect to the rear, another light will show up on the top of the Ethernet Switch.

You will notice that most of the Tenda devices come in white, so if you have a number of them at home or in the office, it is nice to know that they will all match — nothing worse than having odd devices. If you do not have a router, then maybe you should choose one of these two that we recently reviewed.

Specs Include:

  • Supports auto MDI/MDIX
  • Mini design
  • Integrated 1,000 (S108)/2,000 (S105) MAC address table
  • NMA auto-negotiation
  • 10/100M Auto-Negotiation Ethernet LAN ports

For more details visit Tenda’s UK website.

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Written by Peter Chubb

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