TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router Review
21 February 2011
TRENDnet’s TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router is a solid router. It is missing a couple features like connection logging and TCP/UDP timeout settings, but most users won’t even notice.
Excerpt: If you have read any of my other reviews, you have learned that I am lazy. This is not an opinion, this is a highly cultivated thesis. Monday through Friday 9am -5pm, I spend my time troubleshooting phantom issues for idiot users who break good working equipment.
Summary: As far as performance goes, we fired up iperf to do a little benchmarking on this speedy networking gear. Iperf results show bandwidth that the network is actually capable of. In the real world, you won't see wired transfer rates approaching 1000mpbs because hard drives are barely fast enough to...
Pros: Under $100 for a fast router!, Full feature set + multiple SSIDs, Stealthy firewall, Great speed at close range with good speed under average circumstances, Both products very simple and fast to configure
Cons: Performance drops quite a bit as range increases, Gaming Adapter is a little expensive.
Excerpt: When shopping for a wireless router most users are looking for the fastest possible connection they can get with the longest possible range. Enter the Trendnet TEW-691GR. Promising previously unheard speeds of up to 450Mbps while retaining the traditional wireless N range this router sets the bar...
Conclusion: The TRENDnet TEW-691GR performs fairly well. Wireless speed is its primary advantage, capable of serving multiple users at high speeds. Built-in gigabit Ethernet ports ensure maximum wired speeds for LAN transfers and full utilization of whatever network package you have.
Pros: WPS button and WAN switch, Clean Web Interface, 450Mbps Wireless N, fastest on the market, Gigabit LAN
Cons: No dual-band support, No USB port, Limited advanced settings, Expensive router with limited extra features
Summary: The TEW-691GR form TRENDnet definitely packs all the features of the big boys. But does it pack enough features to match its $149 price? In short, yes. While most laptops on the TER-691GR’s network, will never be able to reach the blazing speeds of 450 Mbps, it has enough features to compensate for...
Excerpt: The Good Easy to set up; no software install needed. Allows for quickly adding devices via WPS. Four Gigabit ports. Impressive peak performance. The Bad No USB ports for sharing printers, media. High price/low value compared to competitors.
Pros: Easy to set up; no software install needed., Allows for quickly adding devices via WPS., Four Gigabit ports., Impressive peak performance.
Cons: No USB ports for sharing printers, media., High price/low value compared to competitors., Large, bright LEDs may need to be covered depending on install location.
Summary: The Trendnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless-N gigabit router is a very fast single-band wireless router. Unfortunately, its good performance doesn't make up for its hefty price tag and lack of features.
Pros: The Trendnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless-N gigabit router offers excellent close-range throughput performance. The router has a Web interface that's easy to use, and support for gigabit Ethernet.
Cons: The Trendnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless-N gigabit router's range throughput speeds could use some improvement. The router is expensive, doesn't have USB ports, and lacks support for dual-band and guest networking. It also runs hot.