Trendnet demonstrates first 450Mbps dual-band wireless router

Trendnet demonstrates its first 450Mbps dual-band wireless router, the TEW-692GR.

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The first true dual-band 450Mbps Wireless-N router from Trendnet.
The first true dual-band 450Mbps Wireless-N router from Trendnet. Dong Ngo

LAS VEGAS--During 2010, Trendnet introduced its (and also the world's) first 450Mbps Wireless-N router, the  TEW-691GR, and the TEW-690AP access point. Both of these products, however, support only a single wireless band, operating in the 2.4GHz frequency.

Now at CES 2011 today, the company continued the effort on the faster N speed by announcing and demonstrating the first 450Mbps true dual-band router, the TEW-692GR.

This is the first router for general consumers that offers the ceiling speed of 450Mbps in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands. The true dual-band notion means that the router can sustain separate 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks at the same time.

Trendnet dual-band 450Mbps router (photos)

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Trendnet says that the TEW-692GR supports advanced multiple input/multiple output antenna technology with three spatial streams per antenna, with streams capable of offering 150Mbps.

Other than that, the new router features Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed wired connections; Wi-Fi Protected Setup (which allows users to quickly add a wireless client to a secure network); WMM technology that prioritizes video and audio packets; and other features.

According to Trendnet, the 450Mbps Concurrent Dual Band Wireless-N Router, model TEW-692GR, comes with a three-year warranty and will be available in April at the estimated price of $250.