Summary: I really like this router, when it works. Great features (e.g. multiple WiFi networks each on their own VLAN), but the unit I received would "lockup" either after making several configuration adjustments or after several hours of use. Reading reviews here from others who had similar problems I tried to troubleshoot things like configuration of attached hardware and DNS conflicts, but the freeze ups continued and I had to unplug/replug to get the router to work.
Disappointing performance that did not live up to the reviews.
6 August 2014
Summary: I'm sorry to say that I was a bit disappointed. Various reviews (some of them professional reviewers) rated this router as fast and with a large range for its price. However, I found that it performs no better than - and often worse than - a five year old router I bought on the cheap at a box store.
Summary: We had an old router, a Belkin N300, that just didn't have the range or speed that we wanted. It had been doing fine for years, but now that so many things in our home are WiFi (Phones, TV's, DVD players, iPads, Laptops, etc.), we decide to upgrade. This router was very highly rated, I believe the editor's pick at PCmag. I have been disappointed with the range - gets about the same as our old router.
Summary: Maybe I'm not typical but, despite this looking good and appearing very good value, I am not convinced about this product. It does work (and at times very well) but seems to be quite dodgy - especially with Windows 8.1. Compared with similar products from different companies, it is quite cheap and has lots of the bells and whistles. Or it might be that it just doesn't work in partnership with the Trendnet ac USB 3 dongle which I also bought.
Summary: This is a v2.0R, 1.0R has been discontinued. Currently I would only give 3/5 for this latest router from TRENDnet, which is my favorite brand. I really like the web interface for admin, nice and clean. However, at its current 2.0.2 firmware I believe there are some errors in its wireless setting. For example, 802.11n set to "off" will force 802.11g. If you set it to "auto", then it seems to force 802.11n mode, which is opposite of what the user manual says.
Pros: Excellent admin web interface, No messy antenna, USB3.0 port for network printer or network storage
Cons: Need firmware update to fix some bugs, Better if it has a base since it's light in weight. It could tip over easily, Difficult to determine the orientation/placement to achieve best coverage., Very little device supports ac right now
Summary: Set up was easy, software was pretty good. The big disappointment was the lack of range and performance. I purchased this to replace my 6 year old Apple AirPort Extreme, but the old AirPort had better range. I do not have any AC devices so I can't comment on that performance. I decided to keep my old router and return the Trendnet. Return process was smooth and easy with Amazon.
Excerpt: Setup is easy and flexible but signal strength is the same as my old DIR 655. After upgrade the firmware, testing, I end up unhooking the Trendnet and left it in box. May be I missed something, even as a IT professional. I purchased the TEW-812DRU because of favorable online reviews. I will be more careful next time.
Summary: The major problem - I have 2 VOIP providers: Fongo and Nettalk and no one works with this router (Netgear router works with both). I had no choice but to return it to the store. Unfortunately I lost delivery fees twice - delivering to me and return.