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TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

  • AC1200: 867 Mbps AC + 300 Mbps N bands
  • Share music and videos with the USB share port
  • Pre-encrypted for your security
  • Create an isolated guest network
  • One touch network connection with WPS button
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • David P.
  • 7/23/2014 9:15:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay away

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: Small footprint
All gigabit ports
USB share port
Very good price (on sale)

Cons: Locks up CONSTANTLY
Have to reset 2-3 times a day
Wireless range is not very good compared to Asus or D-Link AC routers, even those without external antennas
Built-in management interface is abysmal. Slow to load if it does at all, options are too spaced out for the load times. Hard to tell which options will cause the router to reboot to apply changes, which kicks you off unless you're wired.

Other Thoughts: Got this router on a Black Friday sale. The price was right and I needed an AC router. My mistake. It's unstable, slow, and needlessly arduous to configure. I have all the routing functions disabled and am running it as a simple access point, and it still manages to lock up constantly and boot all the devices off the wireless network. I go to configure it, and maybe 1/5 times the management page will load. The rest of the time it just spins or loads the gray background.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Valued Customer,

I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused you. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at adrian@trendnet.com if you have any questions or need further assistance. Thank you for your feedback as it is very valuable to us and helps us gain more knowledge on how to improve.

Please also include a link to this review in your email.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Support Team
www.trendnet.com/support

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4 out of 5 eggsPretty good router

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: --informative lights
-- fast
-- good signal

Cons: -- passwords non-intuitive
-- price

Other Thoughts: First thing I noticed is the form factor is light and takes up minimal desktop space, but is easily toppled. Default login is either a web address (http://tew-811dru) or you can use the default IP (192.168.10.1). Personally I like easier addresses (like http://routerlogin.net) The stock firmware has a good set of tools, including Application Level Gateway where you can disable/enable (default) certain applications like SIP or messaging. You can broadcast 4 networks, including an isolated 2.4Ghz and 5 Ghz for guests.

The signal strength with my type “n” devices is adequate. The TEW-811dru matched or was a bit higher signal strength (between 0 to 5db) than my comparison Arris router. The unit is stable and fast enough for my use, but if you have a large house, you may need a booster for the far end.

What I didn’t like: the predetermined ADMIN non-standard password; one of those nonsensical 8-alpha character things. It took multiple tries and a magnifying glass to read the label. The admin and user information (SSID, passwords, web GUI, etc.) are cryptic and easily lend to mistyping. (Lower case ‘i’looked like ‘l’. I wish all would use a standard password and let us set the new one. I’m sure the designers believe they are “saving” our networks from attackers, but when you include a tiny, 3-point font sticker on the peel-off plastic of a router, it is NOT a good user experience if you want to get in and set it up quickly. There is a more permanent sticker on the bottom. If you ever have to hard reset, you’ll have to look here. The USB share port serves quickly, but you’ll have to log in with your your machine credentials the first time you connect a device. I tried all associated ones, then used “admin”; that one worked. There is a utility to share a printer through the port. Unit gets minimally warm while running, so place where there’s a bit of airflow.

The firmware was a bit over a year out of date. It only took about 2 min to update and surprisingly kept my admin password. The “USB Control Center” utility did not show my USB drive attached, but shared easily through Windows. It seems only printers show.

WPS works quickly and easily with a quick press of the button on back. It IS compatible with DD-WRT firmware, and that would take care of a lot of gripes. The open source firmware is even available from the support site. There are other routers at this price point; the TEW-811dru is certainly competent.

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  • Andrew M.
  • 6/8/2014 2:01:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay away from this one

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: Nice shape to it, easy to do basic configuration (if it worked)

Cons: I bought this to use as a wireless bridge and because it said it was dd-wrt supported. Neither was exactly right. To use as a wireless bridge, it uses WDS, so you can only use it with other similar chipsets and even then, I couldn't get it to actually connect as a client. As far as dd-wrt, I installed the firmware from the manufacturer's page as a last ditch effort. I should not have done this. Doing so voids your warranty.

The plus side of this firmware was that it's dd-wrt and I actually got it to work. Hooray! However, every few minutes of actual use, the router simply reboots for no apparent reason. I'm trying to use it as a bridge to stream media, so I connect the 5GHz network and get decent throughput in my location (well over 60Mbps, which is good enough), but while streaming files, it simply reboots every few minutes (between 5 and 15 minutes almost every time).

I even tried setting up the 2.4GHz network instead, but it also rebooted at about the same frequency.

Other Thoughts: If you want a dd-wrt router, don't get this as it will invalidate your warranty. If you want a bridge, don't get this since it probably won't work. If you want to actually use wireless aspect of this router, don't get this since it'll just reboot regularly.

Since I tried dd-wrt on it, I now have a worthless hunk of plastic that I can't return or get "fixed" if there even is a fix.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Anonymous,

I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused you. Please contact me directly at adrian@trendnet.com so we can resolve this as soon as possible. Thank you for your feedback as it is very valuable to us and helps us gain more knowledge on how to improve.

Please also include a link to this review in your email.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Support Team
www.trendnet.com/support

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  • Kevin E.
  • 5/16/2014 2:50:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat for everything except new iPad

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: Speed, guest networks capability. Works fine with Dell laptop.

Cons: Works great for everything except newer iPads. Same iPads work fine at work (I believe Cisco routers) and in another part of the house where I have a Dlink router extender. Also have a new Sony BluRay player that has issues connecting. Always dropping connections, can't watch a video.

Other Thoughts: Tried different settings, doesn't seem to make a difference. Has the latest firmware. Tweaked iPad, didn't make a difference. I just make sure my other router is on and connect to it when I need to connect with the iPad.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,

I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused you. Please don't hesitate to contact me directly at adrian@trendnet.com if you have any questions or need further assistance. Thank you for your feedback as it is very valuable to us and helps us gain more knowledge on how to improve.

Please also include a link to this review in your email.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Support Team
www.trendnet.com/support

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  • Mike G.
  • 4/22/2014 3:26:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood router, lousy wireless range.

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: Good wired router.
Never had to reboot during the week I had it.
Software is good and it was easy to setup.
DD-WRT support.
It matched my Motorola modem.

Cons: Horrible wireless range. I got this to replace an old Dlink router and was very disappointed. I have a small house and the Dlink covered all of it, the TN would drop around the perimeter. My phone was constantly dropping off in my bedroom or the signal was so low it wouldn't work and I would have to shut off the wireless and use 4G. I reconnected the Dlink and even with it's age it solved the problem.

Other Thoughts: I own a few TN products, 2 wireless cameras at home and 2 APs at work. The 2 TEW-638AP access points at work have great range and are rock solid never needing rebooting. I'm not sure how TN dropped the ball on this product so badly.

I rarely do reviews on here and I buy a lot of products for a consulting business, so believe me when I say steer clear.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Mike,


Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback on the TEW-811DRU. We are sorry to hear that you are experiencing range issues. A few quick things to try that may improve coverage would be to ensure the unit has the latest firmware update found on the download page for the product. Channel selection and placement could also significantly affect coverage. Try changing the channel to see if that improves coverage. Also, place the unit as high as possible making sure to avoid enclosing it in any type of shelving. Your feedback has also been submitted to our product management team for a review. If we find an issue it will be addressed in a firmware update that we will release on the download page for the product.



Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Support
http://www.trendnet.com/support

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  • Raymonde D.
  • 4/18/2014 10:03:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRange was very poor - Frustrated

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: The price for a router with its feature (69$ in discount)

Cons: I am very disappointed with this purchase, I tried several router, AP, bridge in my life. I'm network admin. I thought I make a good purchase for home, apartment five room. The TEW-811DRU is at the center of my apartment when I'm in my room or sitting in the living room, less than 30 feet from the router, the signal mode "N" WPA2-PSK AES is often as low as 5mb! ! My Galaxy S4 Said to me my wifi signal is poor.

A small AP TP-Link $ 40, has a better signal.

The problem is that I bought for $ 69 because of the price, I did not try it right away. When I decided to use the RMA period of 30 days was expired

Manufacturer Response:

Hi PC Mecanik,

I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused you. I see that you were wanting to return this unit. Please contact me directly at adrian@trendnet.com so I can assist you with getting setup and running smoothly as promised or assist you with the rma process if this router is defective. Also, please include the link to this review in your email.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Support Team

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  • Thomas C.
  • 3/25/2014 6:22:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorking Great

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: Spent an hour updating firmware, reviewing at every setting and picking a good location. This was a few months ago now. Working well ever since. Connecting wirelessly with: 2 new android phones, MAC Pro laptop, iPad-2, PS3, and 2 Windows 7 PCs. Wired has a NAS and 3 more PCs. I know ... it's a technical family. All's good: Olympics via streaming looked great.

Cons: Nothing wrong with unit. Would actually move more to "wired" if there were more than 4 ports (I know, tell the chipset makers). Not a ding, just a wish.

Other Thoughts: Had a G wireless router for 8 years, and finally decided it was time to jump to an AS. This was one model/brand that consistently reviewed well at a few of my trusted websites. Never used Trendnet before, and the user reviews here are a bit scary/mixed. I had no issues at all. Believe all wireless routers are a bit complex to setup correctly ... firmware updates, 100 settings, placement, bad client devices, etc.

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  • Jacky L.
  • 3/13/2014 9:58:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDD-WRT and 802.11AC

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: Go to Trendnet's support page and download the open source firmware, that is the DD-WRT build for this router. No need to scavenge forums and read long tutorials. Just download that firmware file and upload it to your router. Boom DD-WRT the easy way. Both 2.4ghz and 5g has solid throughput. Mind you, not the fastest connection I ever seen, but at ~$85 for a dual band router and DD-WRT basically officially supported, I am not complaining.

Cons: The router is powered by a 800mhz ARM A8, which to me seems to be overkilled. DD-WRT never report cpu loads higher than 25% and the CPU idles at 75C. Underload the temperature quickly climbs to ~80C and I suspect some thermal throttling on the Wlan interface. Unfortunately the under/overclocking does not work at all with the official dd-wrt, so I just cross my finger and hope the soc can sustain such high temperature.

Other Thoughts: I don't have an AC receiver to test the throughput, but my older devices get above average speeds with both 2.4 and 5ghz N. The response time is also fairly quick, except occasional hiccup presumably related to thermal issues. I might crack the box open and add a bigger heat sink or attach a fan to the side. I guess a DD-WRT router is never meant for those who just want their router to perform out of the box. But for the tweakers, this is a good router to work with.

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  • John C.
  • 1/21/2014 12:43:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSignal strength is horrible

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: The speeds on this router and the price is quite nice.

Cons: The signal strength of this router is simply horrible. I live in a small house and with only a bathroom to seperate the room with the router and my bedroom I barely get a signal and it drops signal regularly.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Anonymous,

I can understand your frustration for this unit not working as promised and for that I deeply apologize. Please email me directly at adrian@trendnet.com with "Newegg TEW-812DRU Review" in the subject line and I will be able to respond immediately to help you get setup and running smoothly. Thank you for taking the time to review our product. We hope to hear from you soon to regain your trust in TRENDnet.

Warm Regard,
Adrian
TRENDnet Sales Support Team

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  • Webster O.
  • 1/13/2014 4:22:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsExtremely Disappointed

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router- 4 Gigabit port, , DD-WRT Open Source support

Pros: The router does offer some really nice features such as the usb storage port, SMB and FTP. I've not gotten to use any of these yet unfortunately due to the issues I've had in fear of further complicating the issues or triggering a bug. Wired connections seem to be ok for the most part. Having 1Gbps LAN ports on a router is great and works well with the gig-e trendnet switches I've been so happy with over the years.

Cons: Let's start with the small things before I rant below about my intermittent weird connectivity. First of all the UI isn't the most friendly to use, which isn't a big deal, but to save or change any settings you must reboot the router every single time (unless I'm missing something?)

And for the rant about connection drops:

This has been almost unusable since I installed it 3 weeks ago. My connection never completely drops (ICMP still gets out) but anything using any bandwidth to speak of (or maybe TCP?) dies every few minutes until I re-auth with the AP. This probably does seem to be specific to the wireless only and happens with both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.

Youtube is not watchable without several page reloads and re-auths, any file transfer over ~10MB to my Windows NAS fails when sending and forces me to re-mount the file share to even browse. Spotify on phone or tablet works for about 5-10 minutes before it says unable to connect. I've been forced to save tracks for offline so I can listen to an entire album, or switch to my mobile carriers network. Airplay to my Apple TV does not work unless I am plugged in to my switch on the same broadcast domain. Google Chromecast works for about 10 minutes before I have to restart it.

I've had issues with several different device types. This happens on both the 2.4Ghz as well as the 5Ghz. I've even tried disabling the 5Ghz to test. I've tried looking for clean channels using both iStumbler and Kismet with no change at all.

After purchasing so many Trendnet products and being so happy with the value this is my first time I've had any disappointment, and it's a lot of disappointment. Unfortunately I waited awhile before swapping out my trusty old WRT54GL for this and so my 30 days to get a refund have passed. I'll go ahead and try the suggestions the Trendnet folks posted because otherwise this is useless as a wireless AP and definitely doesn't meet my needs for a wired only router.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Webster,

We apologize for this router not exceeding your needs. Thank you for taking the time to review our product. Please email me directly at adrian@trendnet.com with "Newegg TEW-811DRU Review" in the subject line and I will be able to contact you immediately. I hope to hear from you soon to regain your trust in TRENDnet.

Warm Regards,
Adrian
TRENDnet Sales Support Team

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