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TRENDnet TEW-812DRU V1 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router

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  • Up to 1300Mbps AC+450Mbps N bands
  • DD-WRT works with Version 1 or higher
  • One touch network connection with the WPS button
  • USB 3.0 share port
  • Graphic Interface for easy setup

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TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router

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TRENDnet's AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-812DRU, produces the ultimate wireless experience with gigabit wireless speeds. Manage two wireless networks - the 1300Mbps Wireless AC band for the fastest wireless available and the 450Mbps Wireless N band to connect common wireless devices. The TEW-812DRU can easily handle the demands of multiple HD streams in a busy connected home.

Plug in a USB flash or NAS drive to share HD videos and music across the network. Gigabit ports on the back of the router maintain high speed wired connections. Create a secure isolated guest network for guest internet access. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) connects other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. Manage access to websites and file types with advanced access controls.

Gigabit Wireless: Next-generation Gigabit Wireless AC
Simultaneous Dual Band: Gigabit Wireless AC band + Wireless N band for everyday devices
One Touch Connection: Connect to the router at the touch of the WPS button
Guest Network Access: Create an isolated network for guest internet access
USB Share Port: Plug in a USB flash or NAS drive to share HD videos and music
Parental Controls: Control access to specific websites or types of content
Gigabit Wired: Gigabit Ethernet port maintains high performance network connections

Networking Solution
TEW-812DRU Diagram

TEW-812DRU Overview
  • 1750Mbps total wireless: 1300Mbps AC + 450Mbps N bands
  • Share music and videos with the USB share port
  • Create an isolated guest network
  • One touch network connection with the WPS button
  • All Gigabit wired ports
  • High power amplifiers extend wireless coverage

Networking Specs:

  • Four 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN ports
  • One 10/100/1000Mbps WAN port (Internet)
  • Supported connection types: Dynamic/Static IP, PPPoE, L2TP, and PPTP connection

Wireless Specs:

  • 2.412~2.462GHz, 5.180~5.240GHz, 5.725~5.850GHz
  • 2.4GHz: three 2dBi (internal)
  • 5GHz: three 2dBi (internal)
  • 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2-RADIUS
TEW-812DRU Image

TRENDnet Wireless Router Comparison Chart

Package Contents:

  • TEW-812DRU
  • Multi-Language Quick Installation Guide
  • CD-ROM - Utility and User's Guide
  • Network cable: 5ft. (1.5m)
  • Power adapter: 12V, 2A
TEW-812DRU Box

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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4/ 5
New Technology Shows A Leap - A good Wireless Router By TRENDnet

Pros: Using the TEW-812DRU at 80-feet through multiple walls, I achieved the following rates:
13.5 Mbps with fall off to 6.5 Mbps. using a Linksys AE1000 USB adapter and a wireless-n connection. This was consistent with my Cisco E4200 rates using WPA2-PSK AES encryption. However, Windows reporting showed only one bar of signal quality where that had been two bars with the Cisco router. Overall performance with the TRENDnet router was better with more consistent data transfer.

Wireless-a could be seen and connected to at this distance, but the rate was too low for any data transfer. The Cisco router wireless-a could not be seen or connected to at this distance. Another computer in a different room, using a Linksys WMP300N PCI card adapter, saw and connected to the wireless-n at 27.5 Mbps. with fall off to 13.5 Mbps. This was again consistent with the Cisco router, and again the TRENDnet actual data transfers were slightly better, despite Windows showing lower signal quality. Conclusion, the TRENDnet router maintains a better signal lock with more consistent transfer rates.

Performance using the TRENDnet TEW812DRU with an AC1750 capable dual-band wireless card:
Seeing the TRENDnet wireless router makes use of 80 Mhz. of bandwidth to reach stated ratings, I knew the only way to give a fair analysis of the unit would require adapters rated for such. Having already seen some improvement over the Cisco E4200 I had been using, I purchased the ASUS PCE-AC66 just to see the further improvement I knew should be present. I kept encryption the same at WPA2-PSK AES.
@15-feet, the connection rate was 866.5 Mbps in Windows with all bars lit using wireless-ac and 144 Mbps. in wireless-n
@40-feet, through multiple walls, the wireless-a connection was 351 Mbps. with occasional fall off to 263 Mbps. - 4 bars of signal quality in Windows. Wireless-n was 175.5 with fall off to 144 Mbps. with four bars showing in Windows. Using the Cisco E4200, I had 300 Mbps., four bars of signal, and I could not see wireless-a from it.
@80-feet, through multiple walls, the wireless-ac connection was more or less constant at 263 Mbps. and 117 Mbps in wireless-n.

Of course, all of these rates are relative to what exists in my home, and do not reflect what others may find in their environments.. My findings do represent a major improvement in Wi-Fi at my home using the TRENDnet TEW812DRU. The ASUS adapter card also provided significant gains using either router, but use with the TRENDnet router gave exceptional gains.

Cons: Out of habit, due to having seen new routers arrive in the past with garbled software, I visited the TRENDnet site and downloaded the router software - it was the same that came installed on my router. The re-install was easy but did not cure a menu problem I had already found with the TEW812DRU. It appears the processor has some problem switching between menu screens, which prevents quickly navigating them - even when no changes have been made. Hang-ups in the menu can be circumvented by closing the browser and opening a new one - annoying, but workable.

While the TEW812DRU includes six PSK options, it does not include Enterprise level encryption. For most home users, that shouldn't present any problem, but providing Enterprise encryption shouldn't be much of a problem for TRENDnet - most other manufacturers are including it. True, stronger encryption lowers data transfer reliability over distances - but I feel it should be offered.

I've used Cisco and other wireless products in my home since the first wireless-B equipment was offered to consumers. The wireless a/b/g/n Draft 2.0 E4200 system has been operating here since 2011 - acceptably but not always well, due to the constantly changing interference patterns. The interference also adversely affects cell phone reception and transmission here more often than not. My computers use a mix of a/b/g/n and b/g/n USB and PCI card wireless adapters. Adapters in use have been two Linksys WMP300N PCI cards capable of 270 Mbps in wireless-N, and two Linksys AE1000 USB adapters capable of 300 Mbps.. Since the new TRENDnet TEW-812DRU has 80 Mhz. of bandwidth in wireless-AC, and the AE1000 adapters are only capable of utilizing 40 Mhz. 300 Mbps., I had to add an ASUS PCE-AC66 rated 450/1300Mbps. to reach the higher data speeds. The OS used in each computer was Windows 8 Pro with Media Center x64 and Windows 7 Ultimate x64. The modem is a WindStream DSL wireless router model, and I keep it's Wi-Fi turned off as it has little range and I don't need the added electrical pollution. The new AC1750 wireless card was $93, and all of the few cards in this class are priced in the same neighborhood.

Other Thoughts: My home is a 4500 square foot ranch style with 1/2-inch sheet rock walls separating rooms and a brick exterior. Two massive brick fireplaces also block signal inside the home. No other structures are within 300 feet of my home. That suggests a near perfect Wi-Fi environment inside, but it's far from the case. I have two Panasonic phone systems, one running at 5.8 GHz. and the other at 2.4 GHz.. There is a microwave oven, and fluorescent overhead lighting in two rooms with a mix of LED and incandescent in the rest of the house. An advanced video security system, four DirecTv HD units, and large monitors also reside here. UHF remotes are all around along with cell phones. I also have all the other large metal electrical appliances many other folks have. The area is home to numerous TV, radio, and public safety transmitters (digital and analog) within a three mile radius - and they often produce harmonic frequency generations outside their allocated frequencies. There are also public Wi-Fi utilities. At my computers, I can see no less than six residential wireless routers in addition to mine - not to mention the "hidden" ones. This all means any Wi-Fi system in my home has a lot of interference to deal with, and over the years this has required added measures to stabilize my wireless Wi-Fi equipment operation - such as a high gain professional 1 meter dipole antenna in my attic that has been unused since my purchase of a Cisco E4200 in 2011. I haven't bothered to use the antenna or its repeater anymore as all my computers will connect to my Cisco wireless router network averaging between 13.5 Mbps and 300 Mbps - depending on the proximity to the router and any varying electrical pollution.

What I found was an easily set up router in the TEW812DRU. The router actually appears to provide better performance if you create a network using it, and this is very easy to do in Windows without using the router menus. You will need the PIN found in the router menus. Not to worry, the PIN is not static after a router reset - it changes each time you use the factory reset button accessed through the bottom of the router. The network connection also appears much more solid than using wireless-n or wireless-ac alone.
I was provided this TEW812DRU free of charge for an honest review - and I'm happy to say, after a week of testing and use, it is a product I can and will recommend to others. I'm also pleased to have been chosen to review what I have found to be a good product. I will continue using it in preference to my Cisco E4200 - and I'll be upgrading the adapters in the future. I'll also be interested in seeing what TRENDnet has to offer when they release their own AC1750 dual band adapters.

2017 UPDATE from 2013 - This unit still performs well, but other newer models in the neighborhood are now compromising my signal at times. I've upgraded to the ASUS RT-AC3100 to improve my footprint with a stronger signal.

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5/ 5
Excellent product; low price

Pros: Powerful and fast router; good looking case.

Cons: Easy to install, dual band, AC type, fast and good range

Other Thoughts: Great price

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1/ 5
lousy. worthless. do not buy

Pros: cheap

Cons: the signal from this router is down - 87db 5m away. that's line of sight. honestly I cannot fathom how such a completely bad device could be sold by an honest company.

Other Thoughts: absolutely do not recommend. I never would have bought it had I known how bad it is.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hello,

We are sorry to hear that you are experiencing an issue with the TEW-812DRU. A firmware update and adjusting channel selection may help. If it is a hardware issue with the TEW-812DRU, it is covered with a 3 year limited warranty. Please email adrian@trendnet.com and we will have a support representative contact you. Please include a link to this review.


Regards,

Adrian
TRENDnet Support
http://www.trendnet.com/support
4/ 5
Good product after firmware upgrade

Pros: Product is easy to use. Ready in plug and play mode. Easy to set network and passwords

Cons: Initially connection used to get dropped. Firmware upgrade fixed issues

Other Thoughts: Should come up with instruction to upgrade firmware. After upgrade, it works perfect. Provides good coverage in my 1200 sq ft apartment

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2/ 5
Love it 5GHz, hate it 2.4GHz

Pros: Cheap, works great if you're plugging in with a Cat5 cable, 5GHz functions well, nice little space heater, good SW when updated to DD-WRT v24-SP2

Cons: 2.4 GHz begins to degrade over a few months,runs insanely hot even when under-clocked to 600MHz, 85-90c <.5% load, should it be making soft clicking/poping noises?

Other Thoughts: About to use my Square Trade warranty and return it. Other reviews that say the 2.4GHz freq fails within months are correct, about 90 days in it started acting up, at 6 months it's dead about 25% of the time, does not appear on multiple laptops and is undiscoverable at all, this while the 5GHz band works just fine (my stuff uses 5, wife and kids use 2.4 so there is much complaining). Seems to me they're just asking too much of it. I'd even considered modding the case and putting a cooler or liquid cooler on it, then decided it was dumb to keep a router that had me even considering the need for supplementary cooling. Now looking at DLink 885.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Meets or Beats the Reviews

Pros: Setup once and haven't looked back

Cons: None for me, it is exactly as promoted

Other Thoughts: Would but this brand again.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
TrendNet TEW-812RDU

Pros: Easy to connect and power up. Has excellent range and speed. I'm very impressed with it's performance.

Cons: Online software is somewhat confusing. Must reset to factory defaults if you don't make changes in proper order, but that order is not discussed.

Other Thoughts: The problem with the software is that when you change the default IP address along with other changes, you can't log back in after the reset. You need to change the address ONLY, reset the router, THEN make other changes. I had to reset to factory defaults 3 time before I discovered this glitch.

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4/ 5
Works as advertised but missing some key elements

Pros: -Nice price for 1300AC
-Gigabit ports
-Decent range
-Multiple SSIDs on both bands
-Open source support using DD-WRT
-USB 3.0 port

Cons: -No DHCPv6 support (poor IPv6 support in general)
-Lackluster tech support
-Only one year old DD-WRT standard build available
-No Tomato or Open-WRT builds available
-Touts open source support but using firmware voids your warranty

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a Linksys e2500 because I wanted gigabit ports, wireless AC, and a stable 5GHz band that wasn't crippled by being on a USB bus. So far the TEW-812DRU has fit the bill. The throughput has been great and the connection on both bands stable so far. The coverage isn't stellar but is better than the e2500 and fits my needs in my modest split level home with it located on the middle floor. If you are getting bad throughput I would check your settings. Also don't expect lightning fast speeds when copying files unless you are copying to or from mechanical hard drives in a RAID or between SSDs. You can have the fastest connection in the world but that means nothing when trying to read and write with mechanical hard drives.

I'm pretty happy with the router but there are a couple of things that were a little disappointing though.

First my firmware was missing the WAN IPv6 setting that is shown in the manual. I upgraded to version 2.1.1.0 and it was still missing. I contacted tech support and was told it was removed. I was told that they were contacting product management but I haven't had an update in 3 days.

Also this router does not currently support DHCPv6 or DHCPv6-PD. The only way to use IPv6 is with a static IP address. If your ISP does not provide static IPv6 addresses like mine then you are out of luck. I did not try to setup a 6to4 tunnel but I'm not really interested in doing so for various reasons. Of course you would need to have the WAN IPv6 setting available in the first place to even try.

The DD-WRT build available is fairly old at this point. It is v24 PreSP2 build 23804 released on 4/8/14. This is a standard build so if you are looking for JFFS support you aren't going to get it. You need JFFS support to setup IPv6 on this older build. So I guess I am out of luck there too.

Tomato firmware builds by Shibby and Toastman do support DHCPv6-PD. I used both with my old e2500. Unfortunately there is no build available for this router at this time.

Overall I am not thrilled about the lack of IPv6 support on an AC router, the fact no one at TRENDnet can address my questions, and the lack of open source options (not even multiple builds of DD-WRT). However the router is doing what it needs and I am pleased with its performance. If you need a basic router with wireless AC and decent coverage then I recommend this router. If you want something for a large house with multiple floors, want good IPv6 support, or want multiple options for open source firmware then I recommend looking at other options.

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