Another high performance router option in the 802.11ac space
If you've been putting off upgrading your home network, now is a good time to finally upgrade your hardware, starting with your router. Wireless-AC is here (still in Draft form, but we've run into very few quirks with the routers we've tested to date) and it can make a world of difference in your home network, even if you own a Wireless-N router. You have a growing number of options to choose from, including Trendnet's new TEW-818DRU dual-band router, which is the company's new flagship consumer model.
Beyond the affordable price tag, we weren't overly impressed with Trendnet's TEW-812DRU (AC1750), however the TEW-818DRU is a faster model, at least on paper (we don't have one in-house to test just yet). It bears the AC1900 designation -- router makers like to add the speeds of the Wireless-N and Wireless-AC bands together even though you can't actually combine them into a single connection. Nevertheless, that breaks down to 1300Mbps Wireless-AC and 600Mbps Wireless-N, both of which are the fastest speeds currently available for the respective bands on consumer routers.
Trendnet says the TEW-818DRU sports a 1GHz processor, high power radio amplifiers, and beamingforming technology, the latter of which concentrates the highest wireless signal strength to each devices' specific location. As for wired connectivity, you'll find both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports (one each) with file and printer sharing, and four Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Retailers will begin selling the TEW-818DRU sometime this month for $260 MSRP.