Trendnet TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router review: Affordable cutting-edge Wi-Fi

The TEW-812DRU offers the most Wi-Fi networks I've seen from a router. You can set up as many as four main Wi-Fi networks and another four guest Wi-Fi networks on each band. This means the router can offer a total of 16 concurrent Wi-Fi networks. You can literally create a network for each Wi-Fi standard and still have a few to spare. The use of multiple Wi-Fi networks means that you don't have to sacrifice speed for backward compatibility.

The TEW-812DRU's Web interface, similar to that of the TEW-692GR, is responsive and works in any browser. The interface is intuitive and includes a clear indicator that shows the progress of changes that are being applied to the router's settings. This is helpful, as with many other routers you have no idea when changes have been applied.

When coupled with a USB external hard drive or portable drive, the TEW-812DRU supports sharing the content of the plugged-in storage device with the rest of the network. You can use the Web interface to manage the data sharing. By default only the admin user has access, but you can create more users and limit their access to either read-only or full access.

Other than that the TEW-812DRU has standard router features, including virtual servers, IPv6, content filtering, and so on. For security, it supports all variations of WPA, and WPA2 encryption standards.

Performance
I tested the TEW-812DRU on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and with both 802.11n and 802.11ac clients and the router did well.

CNET Labs 2.4GHz Wireless-N performance (Measured in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Range
Throughput
Trendnet TEW-692GR
31.3
77.8
Netgear WNDR4000
23.9
67.8
Linksys EA4500
41.6
62.4
Asus RT-N66U
45.5
55
Trendnet TEW-812DRU
37
52.8
Netgear R6300
41.6
51.2
Belkin N750 DB
26.6
50
D-Link DIR-857
29.6
47.8
Netgear WNDR4500
31.1
45.3
Asus RT-AC66U
15.2
36.8
D-Link DIR-865L
22.1
36

CNET Labs 5GHz Wireless-N performance (Measured in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Range
Throughput
D-Link DIR-857
172.4
214.6
Asus RT-AC66U
166.6
208.2
Trendnet TEW-812DRU
160
195.3
Belkin N900 DB
138.2
189.6
Linksys EA4500
176.8
186.8
Asus RT-N66U
155.3
181.8
Netgear R6300
144.8
178.8
Netgear WNDR4500
92.7
152.8
D-Link DIR-865L
121.6
147.6
Cisco Linksys EA6500
105.7
124.6
Trendnet TEW-692GR
105.8
116.1

CNET Labs 802.11ac performance (Measured in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Range
Throughput
Asus RT-AC66U
178.5
339.2
Netgear R6300
208
331.32
Trendnet TEW-812DRU
192.4
263
D-Link DIR-865L
135.2
199.2

When used with 802.11ac clients, which only work on the 5GHz band, the router scored 263Mbps at close range (15 feet) and 192Mbps when I increased the distance to 100 feet. These numbers place it in the top three of 802.11ac-enabled routers.

When used with Wireless-N clients on the 5GHz band, the TEW-812DRU averaged 195Mbps and 160Mbps for close range and long range, respectively. These were also very high numbers on the charts. On the 2.4GHz band, the router performed its slowest, with 53Mbps at close range and 37Mbps at long range. However, these numbers were still higher than average on the charts.

The router offered very good range in my testing, up to 270 feet. However, I found that it was most effective when clients were within 150 feet or less. Within this range, the router passed the 48-hour stress test without any hiccups, on both bands. During this time, none of the connected clients was disconnected even once.

However, the router's USB storage performance didn't do anything to impress. Via a Gigabit Ethernet wired connection, I got only around 3MBps for both writng and reading. While this is fast enough for minor data sharing, you should think of getting a dedicated NAS server if you want to do more with network storage, such as media streaming and backups.

Conclusion
With solid performance and competitive pricing, Trendnet's TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless router is a great alternative to the high-end Wireless-N N900 routers that don't support 802.11ac.

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  • Data Transfer Rate 1.3 Gbps
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Weight 13.9 oz