Trendnet TEW-672GR Dual Band N Gigabit Router
|Trendnet TEW-672GR Dual Band N Gigabit Router|
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|Trendnet TEW-672GR Web Interface|
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Product: Trendnet TEW-672GR Dual Band Wireless N Gigabit Router
Provided By: Trendnet
When it comes to networking, Trendnet isn't usually the name you think of first. Home networking typically belongs to D-Link or Linksys and often we think that Trendnet products are low quality alternatives for those that can't afford a "real" network. Part of this idea stems from the extreme value line of Trendnet products and the way they are marketed at retailers. I've often seen a Trendnet Wireless G router bundled with a pair of wireless G USB adapters for under $50. For that price one immediately thinks that the product must be inferior. In the past I've setup a few networks using Trendnet products and to be honest, it was pretty much the same as any other router. The web interface on these older products wasn't very polished and after each setting change, you had to reboot.
I'm not starting out the review by heaping crap on Trendnet; I'm simply stating the common consensus regarding Trendnet products - especially among enthusiasts. To try and shake things up a bit and perhaps make you take a second look at Trendnet we are taking a look at their new flagship TEW-672GR router. This router supports the latest draft of 802.11n (draft 2.0) and comes dual-band ready so if you are suffering with a crowded 2.4GHz spectrum, the 5.0GHz capability should help free up the air.
This router also supports things like port forwarding, SPI firewall, Access Control and four GB Ethernet ports. It also comes with a GB WAN port for those of you on blistering fast broadband connections. The list of features is long and the product is certainly shiny so let's jump right in.
Trendnet is putting on a nice fresh face with the TEW-672GR. This product comes in a nice attractive box and looks pretty sharp on the shelf. If you are shopping for some network gear in a retail store, the box may catch your eye and that is always a good thing. In the box is the pretty standard fare of a CD that contains the installation guide. Also in the box is the power adapter, quick install guide and a 1.5m network cable.
I've seen a lot of Trendnet products - like the TEW-452BRP ship in the standard dull blue but the TEW-672GR has a nice sleek refreshing and very glossy black exterior. This is a catch 22 of sorts. While it looks great at first appearance, it shows fingerprints and scratches very easily - much like the DGL-4500. A benefit the TEW-672GR has over the D-Link product is that the Trendnet router isn't meant to be handled in order to see network information. This will help keep it fingerprint free.
The TEW-672GR ships with a protective film over the top of the unit in order to keep it free of blemishes on the ride over. Unfortunately the sleek looks are spoiled almost immediately as you turn the router around and look at its backside. The brightly colored ports detract from the classy finish on the front. It really doesn't matter though as you will never see the back of the router once you have your gear plugged in.
On the next page we'll take a closer look at this unit and cover the features and specifications.