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


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Display Name: Webster O.

Date Joined: 12/01/06

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