Good price and fast throughput on both frequency bands.
Slim feature set and iffy guest network support.
Trendnet was first‑to‑market with a dual-band USB adapter capable of supporting three 150Mb/s spatial streams on both the 2.4- and 5GHz frequency bands, and now it’s first‑to‑market with a router that does the same.
If you’re just looking for a fast wireless router, the TEW-692GR is a good choice and it’s priced right, too. But if you want a speedy wireless router that boasts all the latest bells and whistles, keep looking: This one doesn’t have a USB port, it provides very little in the way of quality-of-service tweakage, and we don’t like the way Trendnet implements guest networks.
Actually, the missing USB port doesn’t bother us all that much. If you want storage attached to your network, a NAS box or a home-brew rig running Windows Home Server are vastly superior alternatives to plugging a USB drive into your router. And if you need to share a printer on your network, networked inkjets are incredibly cheap these days.
Some of the other missing features are more serious: The router has the typical UPnP server, for instance, but it doesn’t come with the peace of mind that DLNA certification provides. And while you can set up multiple guest networks by establishing up to three additional SSIDs on each band (assigning them separate logins and passwords, or leaving them open, if that’s how you swing), but Trendnet doesn’t provide any means of restricting guests to Internet access—leaving your network somewhat insecure.
Aside from a stunted feature list, it’s hard to argue with this router’s wireless performance. At the time of our review, the TEW-692GR was street-priced just $5 more than our current favorite, Netgear’s WNDR-3700, and it was considerably faster on both frequency bands—at least at close range. Netgear’s product boasts many more features, however, and it delivers slightly better range.
$135 (street), www.trendnet.com
|2.4GHz Band||5GHz Band|
|Trendnet TEW-692GR||Netgear WNDR3700||Trendnet TEW-692GR||Netgear WNDR3700|
|Bedroom, 10 feet (Mb/s) ||121*||101||141*||109|
|Kitchen, 20 feet (Mb/s) ||99.4*||85.8||103||103|
|Patio, 38 feet (Mb/s)||55.1||67*||53||65.9*|
|Home Theater, 35 feet (Mb/s)||31.9||38.2*||4.9||6.4*|
Asterisk (*) denotes best score. TCP throughput measure using JPerf.N/C indicates no connection at that location. Additional benchmarking methodology can be found here.