Trendnet 1750Mbps Wireless Router & AC Networking - Router Web Interface and Setup

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

Web Interface and Setup:

Most of the interface of the Trendent TEW-812DRU is pretty straightforward and there really isn't a lot of crazy things to talk about.  There is no point in me stating the obvious for the next few pages, so we'll keep things interesting here and let you browse through the web interface images in the gallery.  We have all of them over here if you're interested.  The network setup for the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands are almost the same - the only difference is the channel numbers differ greatly on 2.4GHz versus the 5GHz bands.  There are also four different SSIDs available for each band - meaning you can show up to eight different wireless networks.  These different networks give you capabilities to specify guest networks, public networks, private networks and you can restrict services differently for each network.

WAN Setup

As with pretty much every wireless router these days, you can choose manual setup with a custom pass-phrase or use WPS.  It's also nice to see that you can specify up to four separate SSIDs and security features for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks.  You could have a lot of fun with these SSIDs.  Both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands worked very well and I was able to connect to the network using either the pass-phrase or the WPS button.

Wireless 5GHz - Basic
Wireless 5GHz - Basic

Wireless 5GHz - Security
Wireless 5GHz - Security

   

Wireless 5GHz - Guest
Wireless 5GHz - Guest

Wireless 5GHz - WPS
Wireless 5GHz - WPS

 

The wireless setup is exactly the same for both bands - other than the channel choices for the wireless signal.  Other than, SSID, Security, WPS and more are all the same.  The interface on the router isn't flashy as you can see, but it is more than adequate and actually is very snappy to work with.  Trendnet hasn't changed much of the interface over the years, and while it is functional - it could use a bit of an update.  When you apply settings from most sections, the router does a fairly speedy restart of that section and this takes 15 seconds - as opposed to a full router reboot that takes 45-60 seconds.

For big things - such as changing subnets, internet access and so on, a router reboot is required, but overall it is pretty quick and allows you to keep working in the router setup during a lot of this process.  Years ago, I had a Netgear router that required a 90 second reboot after ever change - this took a long time to do a "quick setup".  Thankfully, Trendnet has this pretty well in hand.

Advanced Setup:

There are a few interesting things under the hood in the "Advanced" area that we'll mention.  As with most routers, there is some sort of virtual server that can open ports and funnel traffic to the PC of your choice.  This is extremely useful for things such as Teamspeak, running custom servers or even allowing access to your network devices outside of your local network.  Trendnet steps this up a notch with their "ALG" (Application Level Gateway).  Here you can block or allow services such as email, VoIP, SIP, FTP, Telnet, MSN and more.  In some situations, this would be extremely handy and a quick way to stop these from running on your network.  Also included in this section is the Gaming settings that open ports - similar to Virtual Server settings.

Advanced - ALG
Advanced - ALG

Advanced - Gaming
Advanced - Gaming

 

There are more images of the interface that we didn't include in the review to save pages of information that is pretty basic.  Make sure to check out the gallery here.  On the last page we'll take a look at the performance of the TEW-812DRU router and see how it performs.  Just before we do that, we'll take a very quick peek at the software for the TEW-805UB.