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Trendnet TEW-692GR Dual Band Wireless Router review

Small and fast, but lacking a few features

Our Verdict

For

  • Good wireless speeds
  • Fairly easy to setup
  • Small form factor
  • Dual-band signal

Against

  • No built-in modem
  • No USB ports

The Trendnet TEW-692GR Dual Band Wireless Router is a small and unobtrusive device that comes with three antennae to deliver a stronger - and wider - wireless signal.

At the back are four Gigabit Ethernet ports and a WAN port for connecting your modem. The lack of a built-in modem means that you're going to have to sit this alongside your existing one. This isn't too much of a show stopper as, we've already mentioned, the TEW-692GR is small, but considering you can get integrated modem routers for around the same price, it's quite a big omission.

Another feature noticeable by its absence is the lack of USB ports. In other routers these are useful for sharing USB drives and printers across networked computers.

On a more positive note; this router is dual-band, broadcasting on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and avoiding congestion in places where there are a lot of wireless networks. Installation isn't as user-friendly as with the D-Link Wireless N PowerLine Gigabit Router DHP-1565.

Where D-Link provides a step-by-step walkthrough on its DVD, Trendnet has supplied a PDF with a quick-start guide that instructs you to set up the router via your browser. For many people this won't be too complicated, but not if you've never logged in and changed router settings this way.

Once up and running, the performance was very good: two wirelessly connected PCs transferred a 20MB file at a speed of 24.27Mbps.

The TEW-692GR router, then, leaves out quite a few common features we would expect and can be complicated to set up, but it is the router's wireless speeds that impressed us.

Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Router
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBNo
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Wireless Transmission Speed450 Mbps
Brand NameTRENDnet
Form FactorDesktop
ISM Maximum Frequency2.47 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5.83 GHz
PoE (RJ-45) PortNo
Height26 mm
Width156 mm
Depth163 mm
ManufacturerTRENDnet
Product ModelTEW-692GR
Product NameTEW-692GR Wireless Router
Manufacturer Part NumberTEW-692GR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.trendnet.com
Marketing Information

TRENDnet's 450Mbps Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N Router, model TEW-692GR, is the first router to support 450Mbps speeds on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands at the same time. This router's raw horsepower redefines wireless networking as we know it, to easily stream HD video through the home.

Gigabit Wide Area Network and Local Area Network ports transfer wired data fast. Embedded GREENnet technology reduces port-based power consumption by up to 70%.

Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology reduces wireless dead spots. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) connects other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. WMM Quality of Service (QoS) technology prioritizes gaming, Internet calls, and video streams. Assign up to four virtual networks on each wireless band and manage access control for IP addresses, website URLs, and data protocols.

Weight (Approximate)175 g