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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

Wireless Testing Process

Testing Methodology

To test the maximum throughput of the system a compatible network adapter would need to be used. Performance, speed and range, is affected by both router and adapter. There are a wide range of adapters available but for today's testing the TP-Link TL-WN722N 150Mbps Wireless N USB adapter will be used. Benchmark Reviews will test wireless vs. wired, different wireless encryptions, and range.

In this case a relatively weak notebook was used. Stronger notebooks will probably have better wireless performance due to decryption speed, but in the testing it didn't seem to hit the upper limit of CPU power. Upload and download speeds were recorded from speedtest.net. In order to eliminate most fluctuations five runs were done for each specific setting, highest/lowest discarded then averaged the rest.

The Internet speed I have with my ISP allows up to 100Mbps download and 10Mbps Upload, so it fit nicely within the scope of the adapter and should represent a fair maximum throughput for the current configuration.

Test System Hardware

  • Toshiba Satellite Notebook
  • Memory: 1.5 GB
  • Processor: Intel Celeron 1.9Ghz
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N

Testing Results

First we did a general speed test under optimal distance and conditions. This includes different wireless encryptions as well as wired speeds. For some reason, WEP was much slower than other settings. My only guess is WEP is throttled. But if you are looking for a secure network it's better to use WPA2.

The drop from wired to wireless is fairly significant, almost 20%. However we're still managing around 75Mbps (theoretical max in this case is around 150Mbps). Interestingly no security and WPA2 offered similar speeds.

TRENDnet_450Mbps_Router_Graph_Encryption.jpg

For most potential buyers range will be fairly important for homes or businesses. For testing, the laptop was carried to different locations.

The results show fairly decent range. The wireless is usable (and fairly fast) even at 20m away. Note that for normal homes that is more than enough since up-stairs and down-stairs only has the roof as barrier and if the router is placed somewhere in the middle it should reach the majority of a house/office.

TRENDnet_450Mbps_Router_Graph_Range.jpg

Range, and ping seemed fairly in line with other Wireless N routers, speed is a nice bump up, but that doesn't exactly justifying the high price tag. However the TRENDnet TEW-691GR is one of the first routers to reach a theoretical 450Mpbs, so with higher-end wireless adapters, the premium makes sense.



 

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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