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TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Worth the Money! 06/19/2015

This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router

Pros: The box looks cool. The packaging is typical egg carton, but adequate. When I took the router out of the packing and positioned thee antennas properly it looks like a huge spider on it's back. I looked at the quick start guide and couldn't believe how limited it was. I removed my trusted D-Link gaming router and began the install of the TRENDnet TEW-828DRU.

I used that quick start guide and couldn't believe how easy is was to get it up and running. I just followed the instructions and everything worked out great. The online wizard is easy to understand. The whole process took about 30 minutes. I did have to call TRENDnet's help line for assistance. I got a live person who spoke english. He explained that the information I was looking for was on the wrapper that the router came in. I had it right in front of me and was reading it wrong. We both had a laugh and I continued to finish the install. It was a breeze to get it setup on the main computer in my basement office. Now for the litmus test.

My wife's computer is on the top floor of our 3 story townhouse. Over the years we have been through countless routers because the wireless connection from the basement to her office was less than satisfactory. Lost signals, freezing, etc. happened all the time and are things you never get used to. I got her computer hooked up and waited... She walked through the door with a briefcase full of paperwork. I told her that I had installed a new router and she gave me one of those looks. She went up to her office and I waited. I let an hour go by and stuck my head in the door. She turned and smiled. She said it was noticeably faster than anything we'd used in the past and the signal was super strong.

If you are looking for a great product with a great feature set, look no further than the TRENDnet TEW-8228DRU. It is worth the money!

Cons: The only CON isn't just against TRENDnet, but against the vast majority of companies with products requiring power cords. The darn things are just to short. It took me longer to move the power source to a location where I could plug in the router than it did to install the hardware. If the cord had been 2' longer I could have saved 30 min. I isn't worth dinging an egg because it is an industry wide issue and a pet peeve of mine. If you've built a bunch of computers, you know where I'm coming from...

Other Thoughts: This is a great product. Yes, the price is premium but the performance is worth it. About those short power cords... LOL!!

TP-LINK TL-WA854RE V1.2 300Mbps Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender, Repeater, Wall Plug design, One-button Setup, Smart Signal Indicator
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great packaging, nice design, and easy to read directions. I followed the directions (both installation methods) and it installed flawlessly. For under $40.00, this is a good buy with some limitations.

Cons: I was disappointed at the lack of any real speed increase when installed. Signal strength became more consistent over a longer period of time than without it. Playing WOW on the laptop did not improve at all.

Other Thoughts: Great price to value ratio.

TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 Dual Band Wireless N750 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 450Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The TP-Link TL-WDR4300 router comes securely packaged. Everything you would expect is in the box. The instructions are easy to understand, even for a newbee. The enclosed set-up disk makes things very easy too. Attaching the 3 antennas is a snap and it really is a good looking piece of hardware. For basic functions of a WiFi router, this surely fits the bill. If you are looking for a first or second router with solid features you can't go wrong with this offering from TP-Link.

Cons: Where do I begin? This is a good medium price router. I live in an old 33 story townhome and all my computer equipment is located in the basement. My gaming rig is hardwired to the router for optimum game playing. However, my wife uses her laptop on the other two floors. She uses her laptop as much for work as for pleasure. It takes a robust signal to climb the 3 floors of our home. The TL-WDR4300 does come up very short in that regard. The laptops had dropped signal problems on the middle floor and the 3rd floor test was abysmal. Holding a signal for more than 2 minutes was impossible. I could go into all the features this product has and I'm sure that they are wonderful. However, if the signal isn't there, as far as I'm concerned, the rest is meaningless because I'm not going to use the router anyway.

Other Thoughts: I realize my WiFi situation is sort of a torture test for routers. I have been through over 15 routers over the years and 14 of thoser 15 failed to make the cut. Only 1 gives us what we need with great consistency. That router costs almost 3 times as much as this offering. If your WiFi needs are normal, this router should be considered. The ease of setup and the way it looks and the features should make this a mid-priced winner


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Display Name: Mark W.

Date Joined: 10/28/01

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  • Last Review: 06/19/15
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