Routers are physical devices that connect together numerous networks. Dedicated software allows the router to move data from one network to another. Routers can control the traffic of data. A router also acts as a default gateway. That is to say, once the router receives data from the user, it searches for the other computer that is to be communicated with and which may be at a great distance on a different network. The router links these two computers together. Actually, there are likely to be many more routers in between the two routers in focus that will accept and carry forward the packets of data until it reaches the router of the designated device. The router realizes this designation thanks to the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the device/computer in question. Internet Protocol (IP) refers to the regulations that govern the way in which messages are exchanged between and within computers.
The TrendNet TEW-812DRUis TrendNet’s attempt at proving a robust next-gen wireless router that gives more expensive and bigger devices a run for their money.
Instead of featuring a 2×2 antenna array like other cost-cutting products, the TEW-812DRU features a 3×2 antenna array, which is the first time such a combination has been used on a 802.11ac router. Although this provides very fast performance in the short range, the very performance is a matter of doubt when tested under longer ranges.
Let us review different aspects of the router:
TrendNet TEW-812DRU Performance:
On paper, the TEW-812DRU seems quite good. In practical tests however, it is much better. It displayed the fastest speeds for wireless ac by exceeding the Asus RT AC68U and even the mighty ZyXEL NBG6716. Its speed at 2 meters is a staggering 50 MBps and 44.3 MBps at distances of 10 meters. Only at distances of 13 meters and greater and that with walls in the middle, does the TEW-812DRU start to show some limitations. It should be noted however, that at the 13 meter range, the TEW-812DRU did display some dropouts which would delay video streaming. This makes sense for a 3×2 antenna array and is quite reasonable.
TrendNet TEW-812DRU Features:
As mentioned already, the TrendNet TEW-812DRU is not like other cost-cutting devices that try to cut too many corners and end up providing the consumers with an unsatisfactory product. Another important feature about this device is its 1750 Mbit rating.
Besides, the device supports IPv6 and traffic prioritization and provides WPA/WPA2 and WPS security. There is also a native firewall, UPnP, and Dynamic DNS. An upsetting news is that it has only one USB port whereas people often expect at least 2. Also, TrendNet does not have a Cloud platform such as that of Linksys and D-Link.
Although expected to be hassle-free in this day and age, the TrendNet TEW-812DRU requires a manual installation for the setups. One would expect these things to happen automatically in the modern era. But then again, there is not much hassle in having to carry out a couple of installations by yourself. Fortunately, this hassle is not necessary for users of phones, tablets, and ultrabooks. They can simply push the WPA button and get started.
Although the metallic textured sides of the TrendNet TEW-812DRU make it look quite classy, the middle part that features a dark grey color is quite dull and boring. The design reflects the price of the product, which is very cheap given its specs and performance. In fact, it is reasonable for the manufacturer to not spend too much capital on the design of the product, considering it has allowed the price of the product to be so cheap. Plus, if considered on an individual basis, the design is not, all in all, a disappointment. It is more or less passable.
Overall, for a 103.99 pound router, this is a great purchase for anyone who is looking for a product that provides a good value for money. Of course, there are rooms for improvement. The setup procedure can be smoother and a few features could be added to increase the value of the device even further. But apart from that, it is a huge bargain. Not only does it come cheap, it packs speed and performance.