|TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps WiFi-N Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 09 September 2010|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.