Trendnet joins the AC1900 Wi-Fi crowd with souped-up router at CES 2014

Trendnet announces its latest router, the TEW-818DRU, which offers up to 1900Mbps combined Wi-Fi speed and sports a powerful 1GHz process plus USB 3.0 support.

The TEW-818DRU resembles the same look as its older brother TEW-812DRU
The TEW-818DRU resembles the same look as its older brother TEW-812DRU Dong Ngo/CNET

If you like the TEW-812DRU from Trendnet (and you should!), you'll probably like what the networking vendor announced at CES 2014, the all new AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-818DRU.

From the look, this router may seem exactly the same as its older brother. On the inside, however, it's quite a different beast. It's the first from Trendnet that offers the combined Wi-Fi speeds on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands of 1900Mbps, or 1300Mbps on the 5Ghz band and 600Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band. It joins the growing list of high-end routers on the market with this new performance capability, such as the Asus RT-AC68U, the Netgear R7000 or the recently announced Linksys WRT1900AC.

Trendnet has been know to be the maker of frill-free, affordable yet reliable Wi-Fi routers and the TEW-818U is expected to be similar. The new device, nonetheless, is equipped with a powerful 1Ghz processor, promising to be a powerful workhorse the way the TEW-816U proved to be. It comes with all gigabit ports (one WAN and four LANs), one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port. You can use these ports to host peripheral devices to serve the entire network, such as an external hard drive.

According to Zak Wood, director of global marketing of Trendnet, the TEW-818DRU is "designed to effortlessly handle the demands of not only today's, but also tomorrow's connected home." That's to be determined though based on past experience, it's likely to be the case if all you want is a robust home network.

The TEW-818DRU is slated to be available next month at the estimated cost of $260, and you can expect the street price to be lower considering existing AC1900 routers generally costs less. Check back after CES for our full review of the device.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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