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This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router
Pros: Good hardware. Aesthetically, quite nice.
On DD-WRT: this thing is solid, it has great range even on the 5Ghz bands, the hardware although not the best is a good matched set with good antennas.
TRENDnet put DD-WRT right in their firmware downloads... THANK YOU
Cons: I couldn't get this to work for the life of me with the stock firmware and my MSI GT-70. I came back at this several times and I couldn't even get Google or the router page. I mean what router won't let you reach the default gateway? A standard web page gave me a DNS error and the router access gave me a connection refused.
Now I'm not the kind of person to call tech support. I'm usually the tech support person for friends and family and a system admin for work. I felt it prudent to call tech support before writing this review and their advice was to call back when I got another computer. Really!!?? Your solution is that I buy another computer before you will help me? If my help desk had that response they'd be looking for a job.
Other Thoughts: Hey once I pushed DD-WRT to it it's great. I once stated that Buffalo was a great router for hardware, but needed open source firmware to be useful. Now they use DD-WRT on all their high end routers and as far as I can see TRENDnet should follow suit.
Removable antennas would be nice.
Pros: Small and sleek. Good distance and decent speeds. Reliable connection even for transferring larger files via FTP. Overall looks are good even with the activity light (not over bright).
Cons: No native Win7 drivers, nor Linux or MAC. This was a disappointment.
Other Thoughts: I ended up having to test this on my laptop instead of making it work with the Linux server I wanted to use it for. Overall I think the built in adapter works as good, but that is an AC as well. Once I get it working with Redhat it'll be in use constantly.
I cannot vouch for the software. I only do minimal driver installs.
Pros: - Great looking
- Nice and easy even straight out of the box
- DD-WRT and Tomato are easily installed
- Standard external antennas, easily changed with high powered
- A lot of nice, standard features for the price
- Powerful enough with stock antennas for most users
- 5GHz bandwidth was more powerful than expected
- Only 1 packet lost during a 15 minute stress test (I'm impressed)
- Throughput was excellent
- Stable gigabit speeds
Cons: With a hidden signal it still shows and displays a network, just not the name... on stock firmware.
Other Thoughts: Wow! this had a CD? I didn't even notice, but would not have used it anyway.READ FULL REVIEW
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