105.7124.6CNET Labs 2.4Ghz Wireless-N Performance
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The router offered very good range in my testing, up to 270 feet. However, like all routers, I found that the most effective range is around 150 feet. Within this range, the router passed the 48-hour stress test without any hiccups. During this time, none of the connected clients, on either band, was disconnected even once. Note that I tested the router at CNET's offices, where there are walls and many Wi-Fi devices that are out of my control. Generally, walls shorten the reach of a Wi-Fi signal, and other Wi-Fi devices create interference. As with all Wi-Fi routers, your results may vary depending on where you live.
If the issue regarding portable devices mentioned earlier doesn't throw you off, the Trendnet AC1900 Dual Band Wireless TEW-818DRU router offers the most value among its competitors, such as the Asus RT-AC68U or the Netgear R7000, thanks to its friendly pricing. With solid Wi-Fi performance on both bands and gigabit Ethernet, it will give you a robust home network and the ease of use is a nice extra. Note that you need Wi-Fi clients that also support the same standard to enjoy the faster wireless speed, while you will see almost no improvement with legacy clients. That said, as is common to other AC1900 routers on the market, the TEW-818DRU's appeal is that it will work great now and also the near future.