Trendnet TEW-691GR 450Mb/s Wi-Fi Router Review

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I find it very good and practical router, this is one good option for a wireless router you can use for wireless internet. Thanks Michael for getting these router reviews up.

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patrickmaher

Thanks Michael for getting these router reviews up. I have been following your reviews and doing research to find the best dual band router for my needs. I narrowed it down to the TRENDnet TEW-673GRU vs the Netgear WNDR3700. They both had their Pros and Cons but I decided to go with the Netgear WNDR3700 because it is a more mature product and supported a few features (like guest networks) that the TRENDnet didn't.

I'd be curious to see a review on the TRENDnet TEW-673GRU.

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iftegod

"Trendnet recommends reviewers use a notebook equipped with Intel’s integrated WiFi Link 5300 three-stream adapter, because you can’t buy a three-stream USB Wi-Fi adapter today. But since we can’t expect readers to buy a notebook based solely on which wireless network adapter is inside, we elected to stick with the dual-antenna TEW-664UB USB adapter that Trendnet provided." I agree with this statement, however, this is still Maximum PC right? Is a Wifi adapter upgrade beyond our abilities? I hope not. If you were going to test a three-stream usb adapter, couldn't you test with the recommended adapter? Shouldn't we see a side by side with the stock and recommended wifi adapters? Cracking the laptop case would be a bridge too far for most other reviews, but Max PC? I should hope not. Plus, why would I spend on a usb adapter, let alone use one, when I could install a new card and have less to carry around, especially if it is a behemoth desktop replacement (Which my, although older, Toshiba Satellite X205-9349 is). Granted this won't add a usb port, or dual-band support,(you are right, it should come with at least one) but it has the possibilty to increase/improve the benchmark scores.

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patrickmaher

If your laptop did not come with a three stream adapter it is unlikely that you will have 3 antennas built into the laptop. You could buy and install an intel 5300 adapter but that wouldn't do you much good without the third antenna hooked up to it.

 See this review which shows an extra antenna temporarily connected to a laptop to test 3 streams. You wouldn't want to walk around with your laptop like that.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/31179-first-test-trendnet-tew-691gr-450mbps-wireless-n-gigabit-router?showall=&start=2

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scottegos2

>If your laptop did not come with a three stream adapter it is unlikely that you will have 3 antennas built into the laptop.

Not entirely true.  Some laptops (e.g. mine) have a third antenna built in for a 3g/wimax adapter. That one worked quite well for me as a third 11n antenna when I upgraded from a 5100 to a 5300 card.  Also, spare antennas are only a few Dollars and, depending on the laptop, may not be too hard to add. 

Having a 5300 with a third antenna made a huge difference in reception in something like the case 2 -- downstairs and about 30 ft away. i now get better throughput from my existing router, a trendnet tew-633gr.  Of course, the upgrade to a wndr3700 (or maybe this new trenednet, if they release an improved firmware) is pretty tempting, regardless.

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iftegod

dissassembling a laptop is really not that complicated. I have read how to's in max pc on upgrading laptop hardware, not to mention lots of other ways to brick lots of other computer equipment. I don't think it goes beyond the pale to have an expectation of our fellow readers to be able to accomplish an upgrade of this nature, especially if it will lead to such an increase in performance in a three stream wireless n router. I am in the process of upgrading the T7100 Merom to a T9500 Penryn as well as the Turbo Memory from 1GB to 4GB and maybe the graphics from a Nvidia 8700m to 9700m on my laptop. If adding a three stream wireless adapter and antenna with this router will improve the wireless connectivity of my laptop, I will be doing that as well. If this was a review in MacWorld or PcWorld, I would be in total agreement with you, but this is No BS Maximum PC for goodness sake!

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auto_run

 I hope this one is for real, I have tried almost every brand of wireless router and most of them have dissapoints me. We have our modem locked in a room on the second floor together with the router, but we are having problem getting great signal from the router, I just hope trendnet will not dissapoint us, anyways need to tell this to my mom, hope she will buy this one for us.

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Jigobi

In the table it looks like the TEW-639GR is listed, not the new 691...  Did you really review it or is it a typo?

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MrMick

Ah, that was a cut-and-paste error. Thanks for pointing it out; I fixed it.

Michael Brown, Reviews Editor

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