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Trendnet TEW-818DRU Dual Band Wireless Router review: A powerful Wi-Fi router with a friendly price tag

Apple Airport Extreme Base Station

132.1202.3

Trendnet TEW-812DRU

160195.3

Netgear R7000

181188

Motorola SurfBoard eXtreme SBG6782-AC

122.4185.8

Apple Airport Time Capsule

117.7182.2

Netgear R6300

144.8178.8

D-Link DIR-868L

161.5178

Trendnet TEW-818DRU

90.6174.8

AirStation WZR-D1800H

120172

D-Link DGL-5500

97.6156

D-Link DIR-865L

121.6147.6

Amp Wireless RTA15

64.8141

Cisco Linksys EA6500

105.7124.6CNET Labs 2.4Ghz Wireless-N Performance

(In MB/second; longer bars indicate better performance)


Range

Throughput

Linksys EA6900
95.8241

Asus RT-AC68U

211.4225

Trendnet TEW-818DRU

65.6156.5

Netgear R7000

62117

Apple Airport Time Capsule

27.683.8

Apple Airport Extreme Base Station

38.479.4

Amp Wireless RTA15

35.274.6

D-Link DIR-868L

55.663.3

Motorola SurfBoard eXtreme SBG6782-AC

18.863.1

D-Link DGL-5500

4158.6

Trendnet TEW-812DRU

3752.8

Netgear R6300

41.651.2

Cisco Linksys EA6500

33.648.8

D-Link DIR-857

29.647.8

Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H

7.240

Asus RT-AC66U

15.236.8

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.

Conclusion
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.

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