TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅11-06-15
Conclusion

In our first outing with TRENDnet we’ve been impressed by what their TEW-818DRU offers and we can see why the brand has received a great deal of credit over the years.

The 818DRU provides an affordable step onto the 802.11ac bandwagon, allowing you to experience the delights of super-fast wireless performance. Many homes are now equipped with rapid internet connections and yet wireless functionality has been a limiting factor but this doesn’t have to be the case when you install an ac capable router. Many devices are now taking full advantage of faster wireless standards such ac – Samsung’s recent Galaxy S6 smartphone release is a good example of this. The S6 can use this greater bandwidth to access local files and connect to the router hosting the internet.


Other reviews of 818DRU state that TRENDnet’s GUI felt slow and laggy but we experienced no such difficulties. As soon as we received the unit we updated the firmware to the latest version to avoid any potential niggles and we can confidently say that the software GUI is a pleasure to use. All of the features and settings are easily adjusted and the navigation is both fluid and responsive.

802.11ac is still relatively new and as such routers/devices which make use of this technology are still greater in cost compared to that if wireless n equivalents. Even so, we feel that 818DRU’s price of £110 GBP / $209 USD is still great value for money considering all of the features this router comes with.

TRENDnet’s TEW-818DRU is an impressive AC1900 router. It offers excellent performance, comes with a whole host of useful features and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Pros
+ Up to 1900Mbps
+ Impressive WiFi performance
+ Easy to use GUI
+ Affordable

Cons
- Unit can only be stood up vertically


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