For our testing here we used an internet speed test host called Speedtest.net. This was what we used to test the internet bandwidth from both a 16GB WiFi iPad and also from our MSI Wind 200U netbook.
For the MSI Wind 200U we tested using both the wireless and the LAN port to get the best idea of how well this will work for you in its real capacity. On the iPad we used the speedtest.net app as the website uses flash which is unavailable on the iPad (still).
Ok, now remember how we mentioned that our 3G adapter has its own GPS and WiFI Radio? Well, that came back to haunt us by reducing the range of the TEW-6553G/A. For some reason we were not able to get decent range beyond about six feet. We talked with TRENDnet and they said that this should not be the case for most operation and we did find that when we used the RJ-45 port for the WAN connection we had much better range.
It was only with the Sierra Wireless Compass that we had this issue. The solution to this was to use an extension cable to get the modem away from the TEW-655BR3G. After that we had almost no issues.
For real world testing we also ran YouTube and Netflix. On the iPad the YouTube app ran very well. We did not see much stuttering or lag at all. This was not the case with the Netflix app. It did not like running over our 3G connection very much and about every five to ten seconds the video would stop completely for a few seconds while it caught up.
On the Wind this was not the case, especially when connected to the LAN port. Netflix over the web and through Windows 7 Media Center was very smooth. I think that is because the Windows version can dynamically adjust to the speed you have available. I do not think the iPad app can do that quite as well.
Still, it was not a completely bad experience and there were times (depending on the movie) when the iPad maintained a watchable speed; it was just that those were rare during our testing time. I do not think that this issue was the fault of the TEW-655BR3G as we did not see the same issue on the netbook we used for testing.
The battery life on the TEW-655BR3G was decent. The included Li-ON battery gave us a little under 2 hours of internet time with a single device connected over WiFi. When we attached more than one system over WiFi that battery time dropped down to about an hour and a half.
When we connected over just the LAN port we saw the battery jump up a little to about 2 hours and 10 minutes. We never did see the stated 2.5 hours, but we did not expect to really, and to be honest, 2 hours and 10 minutes is very close when it comes to battery life claims.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Sharp NES TV: a curious piece of 1980s gaming magic
- Sony's new PS4 controller for kids looks like a bad idea
- Switch sells over 2 million units in U.S. alone
- Gaming video to make $4.6 billion in 2017
- Star Wars: Battlefront II campaign will be robust
- MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING Motherboard Review
- GTX 1080 Ti 11GB - SLI or NOT !?
- GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard Review
- AORUS X9 (Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop Review
- ASUS ROG Strix Vega 64 Unboxed: The First Custom RX Vega
- Introducing the CYBERPOWERPC Crystal Gaming Series Powered By CORSAIR
- COLORFUL Officially Releases iGame Z370 Vulcan X Motherboard in South Korea
- G.SKILL Releases DDR4-3800MHz 32GB (4x8GB) SO-DIMM Memory Kit for Mini-ITX Motherboards
- EK Water Blocks releases new Slim Series kits
- BIOSTAR releases new RACING Z370GT7 motherboard