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Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 09 September 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps WiFi-N Router
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: TRENDnet Wireless N Router
TRENDnet TEW-691GR Detailed Features
Wireless N Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: TRENDnet Wireless N Router

TRENDnet's packaging is thoroughly advertises the router's greatest feature: 450Mbps wireless N. The TRENDnet TEW-691GR can deliver 1000Mbps on wired connections. The box also lists its feature set, environmental friendliness, and even some ads for compatible network adapters to put this monster router to use.

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The package includes the TRENDnet 450Mbps Wireless N Router, 12V power supply, concise instruction manual, digital user guide, along with a meter-long Ethernet cable. The instruction manual is incredibly easy to follow and contains basic setup instructions for Windows 7, Vista, and XP/2000. More advanced settings can be viewed in the digital user guide or the router settings' help section.

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The TRENDnet TEW-691GR has three antennas on the back. On the front there's an array of bright LED lights signaling statuses for Internet Connectivity, WPS, WLAN, LAN, and power. Many router manufacturers' love shiny plastic as the outer coating, which makes the router a magnet for dust and finger prints. The TRENDnet TEW-691GR is fairly plain in terms of looks.

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Hopping to the back we have some color-coded ports (1xWAN and 4xLan), power, and reset pinhole. The TRENDnet TEW-691GR also includes a WLAN on-off switch, which is a great convenience as WLAN can be turned on/off anytime without changing router settings and forcing a 30-second reboot.

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The TRENDnet TEW-691GR has rubberized feet on the back for a little extra grip. The antenna can be tucked away neatly if space is needed, but proper positioning of the antenna can help signal strength significantly.

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TRENDnet's new 450Mbps Wireless N router offers a fairly standard router design with a nice mix of colors from LED lights and ports. Benchmark Reviews will take a more detailed look at both the hardware and software for the TEW-691GR in the next section.



 

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# Comparison?WhyNotV2 2010-09-09 03:11
This review couldn't have come at a better time as I look into upgrading my home network a bit. What it is lacking though, is a comparison to other Wireless N routers much like is done for CPU coolers, video cards, CPUs, etc.
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# RE: TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps WiFi-N RouterChad 2010-09-09 06:26
Why test internet speeds? I want to know if this thing can do 450 Mbps from my laptop to my computer.
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# RE: TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps WiFi-N RouterNokia 2010-09-09 08:23
In that price range there are better alternatives.
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# testnat eccs 2010-09-09 13:42
why test with a 150mbps adapter if the router supports 450

many schools/offices are using wireless on the LAN and it would of been nice to see the max speed you can get out of this device.
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# Should not do networking reviewsschoolgirl 2010-10-22 05:16
This review should not have been published. It's clear the reviewer is a novice - at the most - in terms of networking knowledge.

How large is the NAT table? Any issues with multiple PCs and wireless adapters on the network? How powerful is the router's CPU? Does it slow down, drop connections, lose stability once more PCs are connected? How good is the channel isolation in populated areas? Can it handle multiple Wireless N devices at varying speeds?

This is not a review, but more of a product endorsement, or feature recital.
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