Trendnet 1750Mbps Wireless Router & AC Networking

Article Index
Trendnet 1750Mbps Wireless Router & AC Networking
TEW-812DRU Features and Specs
TEW-805UB Information
Router Web Interface and Setup
TEW-805UB 1200Mbps USB Adapter
Testing and Conclusion

Product(s): Trendnet TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router
Product(s): Trendnet TEW-805UB AC1200 Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter
Provided By: Trendnet
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Introduction:

A few years ago networking was pretty stale.  Gigabit wired networking was the pinnacle of achievement for consumers and small offices and 802.11n had reached a maximum capacity of 300-450Mbps theoretical throughput.  There was nothing exciting going on so companies decided to once again try powerline networking.  This filled a gap that allowed better ranges and still decent throughput using the wiring in your building.  Still, it was nothing all that groundbreaking.  Recently the introduction of 802.11ac networking has prompted some excitement however.  This new networking standard uses the 5GHz band and is backwards compatible with the 802.11n 2.4GHz band.  This means that a 802.11ac network should work with all of your older 2.4GHz equipment, but at the same time offer you a lot more performance if you have compatible hardware.

The specifications show that we could see wireless speeds of over 1Gb per second (in a multi-station environment) but we should be able to see single-link speeds of up to 500Mbps.  Of course this is all still theoretical speeds, but we are seeing some claims that certainly exceed the boring 450Mbps speed on a dual-band 802.11n network.

Boxes

Trendnet is one of the companies that are on this bandwagon early and today we are looking at the TEW-812DRU AC1750 Wireless router and are pairing it up with the TEW-805UB AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless USB Adapter.  The router claims speeds of up to 1300MHz on the 5GHz "ac" band while still providing 450Mbps on the 802.11n 2.4GHz band.  The USB Adapter doesn't match up perfectly as it only has a maximum expected throughput of 867Mbps on the 5GHz band with 300Mbps available on the 2.GHz band.  We will be taking a brief look at these pieces of hardware and then testing them out to see how this first 802.11ac networking gear holds up to our expectations and to its claims.

 

First Impressions - TEW-812DRU:

The TEW-812DRU is a dramatic change in appearance from other Trendnet networking products.  This little box is designed to stand up where all of their previous products were built to lay flat.  This should help with antennae and signal strength for starters and help the plastic housing to remain cooler as 802.11ac routers can get a little toasty.  The finish of the router is pretty classy.  Although it is plastic, it has a nice appearance on the sides of the unit for sure.  The chrome logo makes it pretty awesome - but the multi-colored ports on the back do take away from the overall appearance.  That being said, it won't be often that anyone sees the back of the router, but still - some solid white, black or even brown - something consistent would look better.

Side
Side Profile

Front & back
Front & Back

 

The bundle included with the TEW-812DRU is pretty basic - but adequate.  The router comes with the standard network cable, CD with guide and then a power plug as well as the quick install guide.  It's enough to get you going and it will help explain how the USB port on the rear of the router can work as a storage server port as well.  This is a nice addition to a fast router and will help turn a flash drive - or any other USB-connected external drive into a storage solution.

Bundle

Bundle

 

On the next page we'll quickly take a look at the features and specifications of the router before we jump into the TEW-805UB USB Adapter.