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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

TRENDnet TEW-691GR Detailed Features

The TRENDnet TEW-691GR's design is nothing we haven't seen before, so there aren't too many complaints in that matter, other than the antennas which cannot be detached. The antennas are flexible in their rotation all except pointing forwards.

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There's a WPS button on TRENDnet TEW-691GR's side for easy client setup, very handy for those who use the feature. Vents located on both sides for dissipating heat, very important since this Wireless N router does run pretty hot compared to other models offering less raw performance/speed.

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Making LAN work required very little effort, as with most routers. However to setup a wireless network and administrator settings we will need to access TRENDnet's web interface by visiting 192.168.10.1 from any browser. The interface is pretty neat, better than the Linksys interfaces that I'm used to seeing. The great thing is any setting change can be saved without affecting connections, and then you can reboot the device at any time to apply settings. This also means separate setting changes on multiple pages can be done before reboot. The downside is that the reboot takes much longer than other routers, greater than 30 seconds.

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For LAN, TRENDnet included all the basic necessary settings and functionality. Things like port-forwarding, QoS and DHCP client tables are all there. For the majority of users TRENDnet's web interface has everything that's needed. The UI was clean and easy to use. Adding different rules like port forwarding was very neat in that each rule can be completely customized then added to the list as opposed to other web interfaces that simply present you with a list of some 30 (mostly blank) text fields to fill in.

One thing that I happened to stumble upon was the lack of a computer name/identity when viewing the client table, TRENDnet's DHCP client table only shows the IP. This means identifying the devices connected to the router is difficult. Instead of seeing "Blah's PC" I see something like 192.168.10.105. This may not be an issue for some but I like to keep a close watch whenever the Internet speed drops.

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WAN settings were fairly easy to setup too. Boxes that you need to fill out will automatically appear when you choose certain settings. Getting multiple SSIDs running can be done simply by adjusting the settings for each individually. The most common security modes are there, including WEP (open, shared, auto), WPA (PSK), and WPA2 (PSK, mixed). The TRENDnet TEW-691GR is completely backwards compatible and can be adjusted to operate using wireless modes b/g/n, n only, or b/g.

More advanced options also exist including MCS, beacon intervals, and multicast-to-unicast converter.

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Overall the TRENDnet TEW-691GR seems to deliver most of the functionality that's needed. It would've been nice to have a USB port for easy printer sharing or better QoS/monitoring system. Other than speed TRENDnet hasn't included too many "nice-to-haves".



 

Comments 

 
# 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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