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. The last thing I want to do when I come home is run cable to the new device i decided to stick in the nether regions of my house.
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. One thing all users are likely to experience is when the wireless acts up and just stops talking to a device, even though the device is still connected. The quirkiness with the wireless only occurred once on my laptop, but three times on my iPhone.
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 read and write at this speed. Also, CPU overhead becomes an issue when transferring this much data.
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.
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. The raw performance of the TRENDnet TEW-691GR is by far its biggest weapon and advantage against competitors.
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 others’ lack of hardware.
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 high. Can it deliver, or does it fall short?
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. Large, bright LEDs may need to be covered depending on install location.
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.
Excerpt: Since the introduction of wireless networking (back in the days of direct path microwave), people have been looking for better, faster and more secure ways of doing things. When the wireless network hit the home it was slow; there is no other way to describe it. It was slow and clunky. Today, while wireless is still not as fast as wired networks, we are seeing pretty big leaps in speed. The n specification brings us up to 300Mbps (that is 150Mbps each direction).
Summary: We’ll revisit its performance as soon as Trendnet releases its first firmware update, and again when the first three-stream USB adapters hit the market. But we know at least two shortcomings that will never be remedied: This router will never have a USB port, and it will never be capable of running a wireless network on the 5GHz frequency band.
Pros: Fastest Wi-Fi router we’ve tested—at least at close range.
Cons: Terrible performance in some test locations; expensive; no USB port or DLNA media server.