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TRENDnet Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigibit Router with USB Share Port, TEW-813DRU

  • AC1200:867 Mbps Wireless AC+300 Mbps Wireless N
  • Share music and videos using the USB share port
  • Pre-encrypted for your convenience
  • Create an isolated guest network
  • One touch network connection

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 12/31/2015 12:35:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSlow with video streaming

Pros: - Competitive price
- Straightforward GUI

Cons: - Youtube is almost unwatchable due to lag

Other Thoughts: I bought this model based on a recent positive review by a computer magazine. It's fine for basic needs, but inconsistent performance with video streaming services on all computers in my home network has caused me to set it aside and return to my Netgear 3800. The difference was noticed immediately - youtube is again watchable in HD without stuttering! Yes, I went through all the troubleshooting tips in youtube and nothing worked = the problem was this router not being able to handle video streaming very effiiciently. Oh well. I'll give this away to someone who won't notice the difference.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

The TEW-813DRU should have no issue with HD streaming. An HD stream typically requires no more than 5 Mbps and the router is more than capable of providing this type of speed. Please update the unit with the latest firmware from our website. If you continue to experience this issue email adrian@trendnet.com and we will have a support representative assist you with warranty services. Please include a link to this review.


Regards,

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

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  • Elaine M.
  • 9/2/2015 11:46:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat speeds, Great 2.4Ghz range, lousy 5Ghz range

Pros: Much better range than my very old D-Link 802.11g on 2.4g, 4 out of 5 bars all over the house. Seems very fast.

Gigabit Ethernet, good firewall features, mapping ports through NAT, etc.

Cons: 5ghz range sucks. A single sheetrock wall and it's at 32Mbps in the next room over. It is fast if it has true line-of-sight though.

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4 out of 5 eggsCheap and good, but not excellent

Pros: 1. Small package
2. Stable
3. Performance is decent
4. Works out of the box
5. USB for storage
6. Wife friendly
7. Price is good
This router is small, not much bigger than an average book, which is great, because it can be hidden on a bookshelf. Yes, it is wife friendly. I have mixed feelings about the LEDs on the front of routers. These are not horribly bright, and a little black tape you can’t see them, Honestly there should be a switch to turn theses off.
The performance has been good. The router itself has run flawlessly without having to be reset. Often, I have found that routers need to be reset, because they overheat over time. This one has just worked.
I will say that the performance is decent. The router does drop as you get further away from it. This is to be expected, and this one appears to be pretty average. The speed is really good when you are up near it. This router will work in my large house, but it must be centrally placed.
What I really liked about this router is that it was very easy to set-up. My 12 year son could handle the job and get us up and running really fast. There were some simple instructions on the unit. Follow the link to the website, a wizard runs and you are now secure and safe. This is the way that routers should behave for the average user.

The USB port works for storage well without a lot of headaches. (More about this in cons).

Cons: 1. USB 2.0 – really? 2.0
2. 5.0 Ghz band was not the best
Honestly, these are not deal breakers for the average person needing a router. USB 2.0 is an older standard, but most will not notice because the wireless function would prevent speeds in the USB 3.0 range anyways. If there is a wired connection to the router, then yes you would notice the slow down.

My experience with the 5.0 Ghz band was not all that good. It was spotty at best on several different devices. With other routers, I had no issues. The speed was slow and the connection just did not work all the time.

Other Thoughts: Who needs to apply? Well, the average user is the person who should look at this router. Power users should look elsewhere. There is one caveat, if you live in an apartment, I would also look elsewhere. The 5.0 Ghz band could be very useful where there is a lot of wireless traffic already. A small house owner or someone without a lot of computer needs could not by a better bargain.

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4 out of 5 eggsSpotty, but still close to perfect

Pros: Packaging is great. Can open up the box, connect and take off and go. If the packaging being this modest keeps the cost down, then I'm all for it.

Admin options are very straight forward and anyone with knowledge on how to turn on a computer would not have much of an issue setting the router up and changing the password.

USB connectivity is included, although I did not think it was useful for this router, I would have personally wanted more gigabit ports.

Gigabit ports: 4, more than enough for some, but I had to use an extra hard wired switch to connect all my devices.

The adapter, as mentioned below, is kind of short, and an extra foot or two of wiring would be much better.

Parental controls are easy to use, and included for those that need them.

The warranty period is exceptional, and not many products have that long of a warranty at the price point. Kudos to Trendnet.

Honestly, don't buy this if you live in an apartment bigger than 800sq ft. The range is not optimal for anything bigger, even when placed in the center of the apartment.

Overall, it's a good-great router for the price, but double more if you can and get something much better if you have a bigger living space.

Cons: Spotty at times, would have to disconnect devices to it, then reconnect to get a full signal, very sporadic however and only has happened a handful of times, don't think I've experienced it more than 4 times in a ~12 day period.

Range on 5ghz band could be much, much better, but cannot complain much for the current price, even not on sale.

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4 out of 5 eggsBasic but adequate

Pros: No frills packaging (let's hear it for modesty?). The router itself is quite compact at about the size of the palm of my hand and sleek-looking. Quick install guide is in 5 languages, but who's going to read that? Just plug this little guy into your modem and then connect to your devices via ethernet or the default password written on. Password is easy to change in the admin, which is also easy to access via the link in the quick install guide. Firmware allows for some basic gaming and QoS customization, guest network. Range is decent. USB port a plus?

Cons: It would have been a negative that the USB port is 2.0, except the transfer speeds are so slow it wouldn't matter anyway. If you have an ancient USB drive that you're willing to run into the ground, go ahead and plug it in. Expect 5MB/s with a wired connection and 3 MB/s over wireless if you're nearby. Not so sleek-feeling - it's textured plastic. Basic firmware.

Other Thoughts: I used the TP-LINK TL-WDN3200 and Intel N2230 wireless adapters to benchmark this product against my DIR-868L, which is by all means a superior router with one exception - the 2.4GHz 802.11n band. This router was slightly better on the 2.4GHz band, getting an average of 220 MB/s 20 feet away and 8.3 MB/s 35 feet away through a thick wall. The DIR on the other hand got 190 MB/s and 0.0 MB/s respectively. On the 5GHz 802.11ac test, on the other hand, this router scored 302 MB/s from 20 feet and 166 MB/s from 35 feet through the wall while the DIR scored 290 MB/s and 87 MB/s respectively. I'd conclude that, while not as feature-rich, this router can provide a comparable QoS to the DIR, but I'd still take the DIR. It just feels a little smoother for gaming, but then again, it's AC1750 and I purchased it a couple of years back for $200. This router, on the other hand, is at a much lower price bracket and has the added benefit of not being a cylinder.

Are you a casual user/casual gamer who streams movies and music, but doesn't care about rich media features or a powerful GUI? This is a good pick.

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4 out of 5 eggsgreat router at the price point

Pros: Tiny size, the pictures don't do this router justice, for anyone needing a diminutive router, this thing is a beast for the size (on 2.4ghz at least!)
Great price
Awesome 2.4ghz connectivity and range
Decent 5ghz capabilities
Gigabit ethernet
Guest Network

Cons: The 5ghz connection was subpar across AC devices. It's bad to compare the router to AC routers that are double the price or more, but at the same time, it's an AC router...a low end AC router should perform better than older N routers, but this one doesn't across my home.

USB 2, with speeds of up to 800mb and 1gb wired, usb2 seems a little underpowered.

Short power cable. I could barely reach my office desktop.

Underwhelming router admin GUI.

Other Thoughts: Some benchmarks...

Testing against a Netgear r7000 and Dlink DIR868L (triple and double the price respectively...which is why I still gave it a 4 star review...had this router been comparable in price, i'd give it a 3 star review) with two AC network interface cards (nic) (netgear a6100 and dlink dwa182)

Trendnet router
117 mbps connection speed, 73% link and signal strength 5ghz on the dlink nic
58.5 mbps connection and 86% link & signal strength on 5ghz with the netgear nic

Dlink router
585 mbps connection speed 90% link and signal strength 5ghz on the dlink nic
390 mbps connection 100% link & signal strength 5ghz on the netgear nic

r7000 router
468 mbps connection speed 100% link & signal 5ghz on the dlink nic
380 mbps and 100% link & signal 5ghz on the netgear nic

2.4ghz network performed on par with all 3 routers. The 5ghz AC worked decent if you were within line of sight but as soon as you moved 50 or 60 feet away or a floor down/up it dropped to next to nothing. It claims to have beamforming, but i'd really question the algorithms used by trendnet because it reminded me of the original AC routers that tanked on 5ghz.

So herein is my issue, if you're buying an AC router it's for additional connection speed and better range. This didn't really provide that, I was able to get 300mbps in the 2.4ghz spectrum to the same location on the same NICs, why would I pay for AC range and speed, if the N spectrum is better for this router? If you need AC, spend the money to get a more quality router. If you don't, just grab a trendnet N router & call it good.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: Decent router for the price.

It's fairly small and looks nice. It has both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks with added guest network support (can be isolated from other network).

Parental controls are nice for those of us with children in the house.

The LAN ports on this router are gigabit, which is nice for physically connected items.

USB port for network media sharing.

3-year warranty!

Cons: Router locked up on me a few times and had to be power cycled. Wish it had a USB 3.0 port.

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4 out of 5 eggsMore than what most need

Pros: Affordability- Can't start off the review without mentioning this. The price is what makes it a very easy option out of the other lower-priced AC units. It's opening the door to higher end components, without breaking the bank.

Features- Gigabit ports (big plus for this price point), USB connectivity.

Range- I was surprised at the range, can even step out of the house and go 20-30 years before noticing a disconnect, which is more than what I can say for other routers in this price point.

Connectivity-Good to mention that this is packed with other connection-specific features, such as WPS, WPA2, and a handy (and welcome) guest network.

Dual Band- No complaints here, both bands work as they should, both with their limitations as far as speed, and range.

Comparison to other routers-

I have a few of the higher end AC1900+ routers, and this is long ways from having the same speeds or range, but that can definitely be fixed with a revision of the product (if an antenna port is available).

Trendnet is moving the right way to be a name that is recognized in high end connectivity, and the issues that this has could be fixed with minor tweaks and minimal price increase. Good job, Trendnet.

Cons: For this price, it is my only gripe. could have added at least the antenna port, for those of us that would like a slightly better range. The antennas for most of these products are now sold in brick and mortar stores for a reasonable price, and the option to connect one would've been great.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned in other comments, the charger does not say Trendnet on it. I do not mind that much as I understand it would just raise the price a bit for some consumers in some markets. I would just like some kind of marking, even with a small label that could be affixed to the power brick.

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4 out of 5 eggsFollow up 30 day review.

Pros: It is low cost and is a great add on product for a large home.
Or an apartment dweller.
It was plug and play. I only needed to copy the numerical password so I could sign on with my mac minis and ipad mini.

Cons: Range is limited. My home is 2 stories 25 by 40 each floor.
My spots for placement are limited for this piece of gear.


Bottom floor far right of my home and my ipad mini does not pick up reception in my kitchen which is top floor far right of the home.


Top floor far left of my home and my ipad mini does not pick up reception in my den which is bottom floor far right.

Bottom floor far right my den and my ipad mini does not get reception on top floor far left.

So to run the ipad mini In every room I would need two of these.

Now at 59 bucks I can do this. So if you have a dead spot in your large home this works as an addon. If you have a small apartment this should fully cover you.

Other Thoughts: Install was easy.

I have a modem >>> A 4 port wired router >>> a 16 port switch >>>>

this allows hard wire ethernet to 4 rooms in my house. I was able to plug n play this unit to all 4 rooms. this makes it 4 star. to be 5 star it would need to work for my ipad mini in every room .

I an a newegg eggspert reviewer. and this was a followup interview.

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4 out of 5 eggsA decent low end router

Pros: First impressions: The box and packaging are run of the mill and nothing special. The unit is however protected well. Included are the router, power brick and a 5 foot gray Ethernet cable. The brick is generic and nowhere on it does it say Trendnet so good luck matching it up if you misplace it. There is also a quick installation guide in 5 languages and a CD with another Quick Installation Guide and a User’s Guide in PDF format and a Product Registration. Hold on to this CD because you’ll need it later or at least I did. Certainly not feature rich but this is a bargain basement unit.
The TEW-813DRU itself is black matte plastic textured on the sides to look like metal. First impression is small and light, no bigger than a thick paperback book. There are four small feet on the bottom and the unit wants to topple over once any cables are attached. There are no visible antennas. This is one of those form over function units that are made more to be attractive then to perform. There are the required LEDs down the front and on the back are 4 gigabit Ethernet ports, an Internet port for your broadband modem and a USB port. There is also a power switch and the power connection from the wall wart and a ubiquitous WPS security button. On one side is a label with the preset wireless settings you need to set up the router. It’s on top of one of the sheets of protective film so don’t peel it off and discard it by mistake.
I hooked up the TEW-813DRU to my cable modem and turned it on. According to the quick install guide all I needed to do was open the browser on one of my wired computers and the setup page would appear, which it didn’t. However the PDF guide has a couple of hyperlinks to the setup page that you only need to click on. From there basic setup is easy but don’t lose that sticker with the passwords on it. In mere minutes I had my wired network and my wireless networks back and was surfing the Internet and streaming video like mad. Setup was relatively easy but not as easy as the quick setup guide implied.
The firmware is certainly adequate, offering 2 guest networks, a firewall that includes DMZ, Virtual Server and lets you set plenty of Gaming rules. As I’ve said plenty of times, I’m not a network guru and I tend to just hook up a wireless router, set the security and let it rip. But it’s nice to know there are lots of options to explore on the TEW-813DRU.

Cons: Now a little about my everyday network setup. My normal wireless router is an ASUS RT-AC66R Dual Band AC router. It’s several steps above the TEW-813DRU so I’m not really putting the Trendnet unit up against it but it is the only unit I have for comparison. The ASUS router sits in the computer room at one end of my single story house. I keep a Lenovo Y410P laptop running a Haswell i7 and Windows 10 in the living room and perhaps 30 feet distant through 1 open door. The laptop has a whitelisted Intel N7260 adaptor which is not great or even particularly good in my opinion but it does work. And the distance from my ASUS router means it does everything I want it to without problem.
I have a second Lenovo laptop, a U310 ultrabook that I keep on my bedside table for surfing the Internet and streaming video from my primary workstation. It has a bottom of the barrel Intel N-2200 wireless N, M-SATA card that is also whitelisted so I can’t replace it with a better unit. It has 8 gigs of memory and a decent Ivy Bridge core i5 processor and runs Windows 7 X64. It sits perhaps 80 feet from the router at the far end of my single story house. There are two doors in the way and I will say that Internet surfing and streaming are excellent with the ASUS router even if I close both doors.
Since both my laptops use N wireless cards I used a Trendnet Tew-805ub AC USB 3 adaptor. It works on the 5g band and has an advertised speed of 867 MB/s. Plugged into the USB 3 port of my Y410P I saw an average speed of 340 MB/s. This is somewhat slower than the 400 MB/s speed I get with the ASUS router. Copying a 1.5 Gig video file from my wired workstation to the Y410P laptop yielded approximately a 15 MB/s transfer speed which again is slower than the ASUS’s 20 MB/s. This amounts to a few minutes extra copying time but then again the TEW-813DRU is a much less expensive unit so slower times are to be expected, especially since the all important antennas are internal.
The performance dropped when I hooked up the Trendnet USB 3 adaptor to my U310 laptop at the far end of my house. The network speed dropped to 290 MB/s and the transfer speed for the 1.5 Gig video file dropped to 4.1 MB/s. This is less than half the 9.7 MB/s speed I get with my ASUS router. Strangely enough the speeds using the built in N wireless adaptor were just about the same.
I did some USB copying tests using a Seagate 1 Terabyte Backup Plus USB 3 drive hooked up to the USB 2 port on the TEW-813DRU. I used FTP Server as it and Samba were the only offerings. I copied a mixed bag of files coming out to 2.67 Gigs first to one of my wired systems then to the Lenovo U310 ultrabook. The wired connection took 9 long minutes and the wireless transfer a glacial 15 minutes. Obviously this is best used for small file transfers and streaming small video or MP3 files. Plus if you hook up a drive to the router it runs constantly so the lifespan will be negatively impacted.

Other Thoughts: Considering this is a budget unit, performance wasn’t too bad. Face it, someone needing big transfer speeds isn’t going to consider the TEW-813DRU. This is a casual user rig and as such will probably be called on for basic web surfing and streaming music and light video use. For that it worked admirably. I surfed the web, streamed videos and downloaded some large Torrents without problem or complaint. The Trendnet router did choke on my H264 copy of Timescapes and stuttered too badly to make it watchable. Wireless performance fell off badly with distance so consider that if you have a large house or lots of walls. All in all this is decent performance performance for a small cash outlay.
An entry level unit that offers tepid performance but is easy on the wallet. A good first router for someone wanting to upgrade from N wireless to AC but doesn’t want to sink a couple of hundred dollars into a wireless router. Setup is easy enough for a newbie but the firmware offers plenty of advanced options to play with. Everybody has to learn the basics somewhere. A thumbs up as long as you don’t expect top of the line performance.

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