The TEW-818DRU AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router is Trendnet's first in the increasingly popular crowd of AC1900 Wi-Fi routers. A little late to the game, but it turns out it's worth the wait.
In my testing, the Trendnet was among the three fastest routers on the market, with great range and an excellent Wi-Fi signal. On the downside, the router's USB ports didn't work well with portable drives, and there's no wall-mounting option.
In all, at the current street price of $180, the Trendnet TEW-818 is a formidable contender to the other best home wireless routers on the market, such as the $220
Design and ease of use
The new TEW-818DRU looks exactly the same as its predecessor, the
But if you can look past that, there's a lot to like about the router's straightforward design. On the front, it has an array of LED indicator lights showing the statuses of the ports on the back, as well as Internet, the power, and the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) option. I like these lights since just by a glance, one can quickly find out what's going on. On the back, the router has one USB 3.0 port and one for 2.0, four Gigabit LAN ports, and one Gigabit WAN port. There's also a tiny WPS button that initiates the two-minute window in which other WPS-enabled clients can connect to the router's Wi-Fi networks. All of these ports and buttons are easily accessible.
To get the router to work, all you have to do is plug it into a power source and connect its WAN port to an Internet source, such as a broadband modem. The router comes with its default information and settings on it printed on its bottom as well as on a label attached to it. This information includes the two networks (one for each frequency band) and their passwords, and that's all you need to use the router immediately.
Should you want to customize the router's settings and features, the label also contains the default information to log in to the router's Web interface. To do this from a connected computer, point a browser to the router's default IP address, which is 192.168.10.1, and access its Web interface. Check out this How To post on setting up a router for more information.
In all, the TEW-812DRU is very easy to use; you can expect to get it up and running in less then 10 minutes after removing it from the box.
Nice feature set, robust Web interface
The TEW-818DRU is an AC1900 router, meaning it offers up to 1,300Mbps of AC Wi-Fi speed on the 5Ghz band, while on the 2.4Ghz band it can provide up to 600Mbps at the same time. You can't actually achieve these numbers in real life, even when used with compatible clients. However, AC1900 is currently the designation of the fastest Wi-Fi routers on the market.
The router supports all existing Wi-Fi clients, regardless of their Wi-Fi standards, but you'll need newer clients to take advantage of the higher speeds.