Trendnet to ship first 450Mbps true dual-band router

Trendnet says that it's now about to ship the first true dual-band Wireless-N router that broadcasts 450Mbps signals on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands.

The new TEW-692GR true dual-band 450Mbps Wireless-N router from Trendnet.
The new TEW-692GR true dual-band 450Mbps Wireless-N router from Trendnet. Dong Ngo/CNET

Announced at CES 2011, Trendnet's first true dual-band 450Mbps Wireless-N router--the 450Mbps Concurrent Dual Band Wireless-N Router, model TEW-692GR--is now about to be available for purchase, the company said today.

Unlike other 450Mbps dual-band routers, such as the Cisco Linksys E4200, which offers the higher 450Mbps speed only on the 5GHz frequency, the TEW-692GR is the first that also offers this higher speed on the 2.4GHz band at the same time.

Note that you'd need a wireless client that also supports the new 3x3 450Mbps standard to take advantage of the higher speed. An example would be a laptop that uses an Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 or 5300 Wi-Fi adapter or Trendnet's recently announced TEW-684UB USB adapter.

Other than that, the TEW-692GR is also a Gigabit router, offering Wi-Fi Protected Setup (which allows users to quickly add a wireless client to a secure network) and WMM technology that prioritizes video and audio packets.

The new router, however, doesn't come with a USB port to host a printer or a storage device. It includes a three-year warranty and will be available in late June at the estimated price of around $250.

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