Trendnet TEW-672GR Dual Band N Gigabit Router - Closer look, Features and Specifications

Article Index
Trendnet TEW-672GR Dual Band N Gigabit Router
Closer look, Features and Specifications
Trendnet TEW-672GR Web Interface
Network Performance and Final Thoughts

Closer Look:

As we take a closer look at the TEW-672GR router we find that Trendnet has done a pretty good job setting up this router for the average consumer.  The front of the router comes adorned with LED indicators for power, LAN connections 1-4, WAN, Wireless LAN and WPS.  Most of these LEDs are pretty commonplace.  On the left side of the router there is a WPS setup button as is found on many other routers from Linksys and D-Link.  This makes setting up a protected network a bit easier for the networking n00b but many techs and enthusiasts will want to setup their network with custom security settings.

 Front LEDs
Front LEDs
 WPS Setup
WPS Setup

 

Moving around to the back we get a closer looks at the bright LAN and WAN ports as well as a look at something we didn't expect to find.

 GB LAN Ports
GB LAN Ports
WLAN Switch
WLAN Switch

I was surprised to see a physical WLAN on/off switch on the back of the TEW-672GR.  This is actually a very handy little item as you can quickly and easily shut off the wireless aspect of your router if you are going out of town and don't want to shut down the rest of your network.  While many people may not care or use this feature, I think it's a great idea and one that enables simple security by shutting off your WLAN at the flick of a switch.

As nice as this router looks out of the box, when it's plugged in and running it looks a little cheap due to the standard amber and green LEDs that shine too brightly.

LEDs In Action
LEDs In Action

 

Features & Specifications:

To check out all of the features and specifications, we'll head on over to Trendnet's site and pull the details from there.

 

  • IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 and IEEE 802.11a/b/g compliant
  • Dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN) in one device
  • 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN ports and 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN port (Internet)
  • Gigabit LAN ports for high speed network connectivity
  • Compatible with most popular cable/DSL Internet service providers using Dynamic/Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP and L2TP
  • High-speed data rates up to 300Mbps using an IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 connection
  • 3 external antennas provide high-speed performance and expansive wireless coverage
  • Advanced Firewall protection with Network Address Translation (NAT) and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
  • Access restriction with Internet Access Control; time scheduling, URL and MAC filtering
  • Built in pre-configured virtual servers and Application Level Gateway services for special Internet applications
  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for auto discovery and support for device configuration of Internet applications
  • Enable/disable wireless functionality with the WLAN on/off toggle switch
  • Multiple pass-through sessions for popular VPN applications (IPSec, L2TP and PPTP)
  • Easy setup via Web browser using the latest versions of Internet Explorer, FireFox, and Safari
  • One touch wireless security setup using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button
  • Complete wireless security with WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, and WEP
  • Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista, Linux and Mac OS supported
  • 3-year limited warranty

Hardware
Standards Wired: IEEE 802.3 (10Base-T), IEEE 802.3u (100Base-TX) and IEEE 802.11ab (1000BaseT) Wireless: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
WAN 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX port (Internet)
LAN 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX port
Wireless On/Off Switch Turn on/off wireless LAN
WPS Button Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) with other WPS compliant devices
Connection Type Dynamic IP, Static (fixed) IP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP
NAT Firewall

3K configurable NAT entries; restricted NAPT
IP ranges, port ranges and schedule
Pre-defined game hosting configurations
Port triggering for 24 special applications
ALG support (enable/disable support) –RTP/RTSP, AOL, FTP, ICMP, WMP/MMS, NetMeeting, SIP

SPI Firewall

Up to 24 rules; cyber attack protection – verified against over 2000 attacks

WDS Enable/disable Wireless Distribution System support
UPnP UPnP IGD 1.0 compliant
DMZ DMZ host, 24 configurable Virtual Servers and Game Servers
DNS Static or WAN assigned DNS servers; 10 verified services for DDNS
Internet Access Control Policy based parental control; time based Internet access; port range/service filtering; Dynamic URL filtering; Internet domain restriction; 32 user defined schedules, 24 MAC address filter entries
Logging 3 types and 3 severities event logging; up to 1,000 entries
Email notifications
LED Indicator Power, LAN1~LAN4, WAN, and WLAN
Power Adapter 12V DC, 1A external power adapter
Power Consumption 779mA
Dimension (L x W x H) 150 x 163 x 26 mm (5.9 x 6.4 x 1.0 in)
Weight 350g (0.8 lb)
Temperature Operation: 0°~ 40°C (32°F~ 104°F); Storage: -20°~ 60°C (-4°F~140 °F)
Humidity Max. 90% (non-condensing)
Certifications CE, FCC
Wireless

Frequency

2.412 ~ 2.462 GHz (FCC); 2.412 ~ 2.472 GHz (ETSI)
5.150~5.250GHz; 5.725~5.825GHz (FCC)
5.150~5.250MHz (ETSI)

Antenna

3 x 2dBi fixed dipole antenna

Media Access Protocol

CSMA/CA with ACK

Module Technique

802.11n: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, with OFDM
802.11b:CCK (11 and 5.5Mbps) DQPSK (2Mbps) DBSPK (1Mbps)
802.11g: OFDM with BPSK, QPSK and 16/64-QAM sub-carrier modulations

Data Rate

802.11a: 54Mbps, 48Mbps, 36Mbps, 24Mbps, 18Mbps, 12Mbps, 9Mbps and 6Mbps
802.11b: 11Mbps, 5.5Mbps, 2Mbps, and 1Mbps
802.11g: 54Mbps, 48Mbps, 36Mbps, 24Mbps, 18Mbps, 12Mbps, 9Mbps and 6Mbps
802.11n: up to 300Mbps

Security Encryption: hardware AES/TKIP, 64/128-bit WEP (HEX/ passphrase, 11a/b/g/n)
802.1X/EAP: EAP-TLE, EAP-TTLE/MSCHAPv2, PEAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2, PEAPv1/EAP-GTC
WPA: WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (AES-11b/g/n, TKIP-11b/g)
WPS: support PIN and PBC
SSID broadcast control
Output Power 802.11a: 14dBm (typical)
802.11b: 18dBm (typical)
802.11g: 15dBm (typical)
802.11n: 11dBm (typical) with HT20 or HT40

Receiving Sensitivity

802.11a: -72dBm (typical) @ 54Mbps
802.11b: -84dBm (typical) @ 11Mpbs
802.11g: -73dBm (typical) @ 54Mbps
802.11n: -69dBm (typical) with HT20 or HT40

Channels

2.4GHz 1~ 11 (US), 1~13 (EU) 5GHz 36, 40, 44, 48, 149, 153, 157, 161, and 165



  Networking Solution

On the next page we'll take a look at the routers web interface and set this up for some testing.