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Trendnet TEW-692GR review: Cutting edge, but not the best

CNET editor Dong Ngo reviews the Trendnet's TEW-692GR dual-band Wireless-N router, the first that offers the 450Mbps speed on both bands.

Apart from the dual 450Mbps support, Trendnet's TEW-692GR is a very much a standard Gigabit wireless router.
Apart from the dual 450Mbps support, Trendnet's TEW-692GR is very much a standard Gigabit wireless router. Dong Ngo/CNET

A year ago, Trendnet released the first single-band router that offers the new 3-by-3 450Mbps Wireless-N standard on the 2.4GHz band, the TEW-691GR.

The company recently did that again by introducing the first router, TEW-692GR, that offers this new higher Wireless-N speed on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously.

And the router is now still the only one on the market that offers this feature. However, being cutting edge doesn't mean it offers the best performance. In our testing, the performance of its 2.4GHz band could use some improvement, even when coupled with 450Mbps wireless clients.

This isn't necessarily the router's fault, however, as the 2.4GHz band is generally very crowded with lots of interference, which is somewhat the state of CNET's Wi-Fi test facility. Nonetheless, comparatively, we expected more.

The router did much better on the 5GHz band, though still not the fastest when compared with others, both when used with 450Mbps clients and regular N 300Mbps clients. That said, the TEW-692GR is still one of the fastest routers on the market.

Other than the 450Mbps dual support novelty, the new TEW-692GR is rather standard in terms of features. It's just another Gigabit router that offer no support for USB devices. It doesn't even support IPv6, yet, at least with the current firmware.

At the street price of around $145, however, the TEW-692GR makes a decent investment. For more information about it, check out CNET's full review of the Trendnet TEW-692GR 450Mbps dual-band Wireless-N router.