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R658 Melon Router designed to connect external WiFi antenna via USB
The Melon ((R658 Router)) is specially designed to work with a USB port compatible with antennas and WiFi USB adapters. The USB port of this router works through a specially developed firmware with OpenWRT and comes prepared from the factory including the necessary dirvers to recognize the WiFi antennas of Melon brand RT3070 RT3072 chip, and RTL8188. It is the router compatible with the long distance antennas of the brand Melon WiFi like the N4000, N519 and N918, and also with models of other brands like Alfa Ubdo, Kasens, Blueway or Signal King.
It is an easy-to-use and configured router thanks to its web-configuration interface from any computer, phone or Tablet connected to the router. To handel this router and connect to long distance by WiFi is not necessary to install any program on your computer, it manages everything from the router R658.
In this “review” of the Melon WiFi router R658 we will detail its technical features, instructions for use as a relay router with outdoor WiFi antenna and also user opinions and comparison with other similar models.
Summary Review Melon R658:
- 1-Special features of the R658 Melon router:
- 2-Router R658 Melon Technical data:
- 3-Instructions and configuration Manual of the Melon R658 router:
- 4-Other Router similar to R658
1-Special features of the R658 Melon router:
It supports the function of WiFi repeater with external WiFi adapter or from the built-in WiFi card itself. The main advantage of this router model is the compatibility via the USB port with all external USB Wi-Fi adapters that use chipset RT3070/3072 and RTL8188RU. The full performance of this router is achieved with the Panel antenna Melon N4000.
The Melon R658 Router supports the transmission of WiFi while receiving. With this router you can set up a long distance wifi repeater when connecting WiFi antenna to R658 neutral router. This long distance Wi-Fi repeater can reach up to 2 km when used with antennas 36dbi melon Wi-Fi USB panels such as melon N4000.
The Melon R658 router supports the WiFi repeater router function in two ways:
- WiFi repeater using the Router’s WiFi interface, as AP, Bidge or repeater access point
- Repeater by installing external WiFi antenna via USB to the R658 neutral router.
The main advantage of this router model is the compatibility through the USB port with all external USB WiFi adapters that use chipset RT3070/3072 and RTL8188RU. The neutral Melon R658 Router supports the transmission of WiFi while receiving. With this router you can set up a long distance wifi repeater when connecting WiFi antenna to R658 neutral router. This long distance WiFi repeater can reach up to 2 km when used with antennas 36dbi melon WiFi USB panels such as melon N4000.
2-Router R658 Melon Technical data:
The Melon R658 router has the function of what is popularly called a Rompemuros router. This powerful router is a wireless station with high power WiFi. R658 is one of the most powerful and efficient routers on the market, in order to provide services and support a stable number of users and computers connected at the same time. It also supports high-fallow functions such as WiFi Bridge, Bridge, Gateway, client or repeater, and AP access point. It is a flexible device that adapts to the needs of the user, very useful to repeat inside the house a remotely caught internet signal.
Technical Data Melon R658:
Router Chipset Mediatek MT7620N//Memory RAM DDR2 64MB FLASH 8MB
Power transmission 20 DBm Max/13 channels/WiFi N 300Mbps/Frequency 2.4 GHz
2 Omni-Directional 5dBi Antennas
1 * 10/100m Adaptive WAN port
4 * 10/100m Adaptive LAN port
DHCP Server DHCP/network scanning available WiFi/MAC filter security settings
DDNS/Bandwidth Control bracket
WiFi USB cards compatible with Ralink 3070/3072 and Realtek 8188RU
The Melon R658 Router is designed to repeat the WiFi signal of the long range antennas that use the Chip RT3070/RT3072 and RTL8188RU as are mainly the models melon N4000 and melon n918 in this way you can repeat a WiFi connection to the Internet.
The R658 Melon router can be purchased at a cheap price and very content of 38.40 EUR which is within a cheap router margin considering the possibilities offered as WiFi Repeater 2, 4Ghz.
3-Instructions and configuration Manual of the Melon R658 router:
In this installation example, the source WiFi signal is connected to the long distance via the 36dbi Melon N4000 Panel antenna, which connects to the R658 USB cable and the R658 redistributes the Internet connection to multiple users or WiFi clients (computers of Desk, laptops, tablets, TV or WiFi cameras).
In this example to connect to an access point up to 2 kilometers away, we use an external high gain antenna N4000 with WiFi adapter RT3070. The antenna mounted to the WiFi adapter is placed outside the window and connects with a USB cable to the R658 device installed inside D It house or inside a plastic box that protects it from rain.
The R36 is a wireless local access point that repeats the desired signal to the house. In this way any computer with wireless capacity or tablet under any operating system will be able to take advantage of the high gain external antenna. And all this without having to install any software (driver or utility) on your computer or tablet.
With this router you do not need to install anything on your computer, to configure and repeat a signal from an access point that is within reach of the external USB WiFi antenna:
R658 instructions Step by step:
2.1-Use The USB cable to connect the Melon N4000 antenna to the R658
It is only necessary to connect the main cable of the antenna, the secondary USB cable of the antenna is not necessary to connect it since it is of support of electrical supply in order but the router R658 has enough power and only connects the large or main USB cable of the M Elon N4000.
3.2-Establish a connection to the R658 router
Either by WiFi or by connecting the end of an ethernet cable to the LAN port of the R658 and the other to the Ethernet port of your computer
Enter the following digits in your browser’s address bar: 192.168.5.1 (This is the default IP address for the R658). The access password is USER: root/Password: admin.
Configured using Quick guide → click on “Guide Next Step”
WAN configuration is left in WAN Auto (DHCP) and click “Guide Next Step”
3.3-We entered the WiFi configuration of the router
Whenever the WiFi antenna is connected to the router then we will see an interface called “External USB WiFi (radio 0)
Press the “Scan” button to see the WiFi networks available, choose ours and press “Join Network” button
In WPA password We write the WiFi password of the network to which we want to connect. Then it is necessary to save all the changes by clicking “Submit” and apply: “Save & Apply”
Now the router is already connected to the Internet and we will see the WIFI interface of the USB antenna as client mode, the channel, and the speed of the connection.
3.4-Change WiFi network in the Melon R658
The router only memorizes a password of a WiFi network, if at any time we want to change WiFi network to connect to the Internet you have to delete the Radio interface 0 by pressing “Remove” then scan again and connect again.
3.5-Reset Router R658:
When the router is on you can press the reset button for 5 seconds to clear the setting. The router will restart with the original factory state.
* * Note: Firmware openwrt R658. This router is compatible with all versions of OpenWrt, but it is recommended not to ever change the original firmware that comes from the factory as the router would cease to function as a repeater. There is no updated or different version of the factory provided for the R658.
This picture pack can be bought all together ready and ready to use. It is composed of a powerful WiFi antenna Kit from 36DBI and the Melon R658 router with drivers installed for WiFi antennas by USB. The router performs the function of repeating cable and by WiFi own the internet signal received by the antenna 36dbi Melon.
4-Other Router similar to R658
In the market there are two other router similar to the R658 that meet the same function with very few differences in power and compatibility. Here we expose the opinions on the two most prominent repeaters and their advantages in relation to the r658.
4.1-alpha Network R36 Router
This router in its original version gave problems of cuts and falls of speed in the connection that the Melon R658 does not have. But Alpha has greatly improved the firmware on the 2019 with the new Alfa R36 2.32 that allows it to be compatible with WiFi RTL8187 chip antennas, which do not work with the R658. The model of Alfa is a little more expensive than melon and in our opinion as a repeater is better the melon R658, but the Alfa has other very interesting functions as a 3g Modem repeater.
4.2-OpenWRT Router SC-WE1626
This Openwrt SC-WE1626 router is ideal for use as a WIFI repeater. Its firmware improves the R658 as it is also in Spanish language as well as English, and is easier to configure than the R658. It also carries drivers for some models of WiFi antennas that does not include Melon as MEDIATEK RALINK RT3070 RT3072 RT73xx RT5370 rtl8187 rtl8188.
The main advantage of the SC-WE1626 model is that it comes with the enhanced version of LEDE OPENWRT firmware and that the WiFi broadcast power has more coverage with its four antennas.