|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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450Mbps Wireless-N Final Thoughts
Wireless N is rapidly becoming a standard now and it really makes wireless speed comparable to wired speeds. Recently many new high-speed Wireless N routers have hit the market forcing prices down. It's interesting to note that the TRENDnet TEW-691GR has dropped in price significantly since its release, from $200+ to the current $154.95. The lack of additional features present in most high-end routers make the TRENDnet TEW-691GR seem over-priced for office environments. Internet through WAN can't take advantage of the insanely high wireless speed as few have internet speeds reaching 200Mbps. In the end the only advantage the TEW-691GR seems to have against competing 300Mbps-400Mbps wireless N routers is the extra bandwidth for LAN transfers.
TRENDnet TEW-691GR Conclusion
The TRENDnet TEW-691GR performs fairly well. Wireless speed is its primary advantage, capable of serving multiple users at high speeds. Built-in gigabit Ethernet ports ensure maximum wired speeds for LAN transfers and full utilization of whatever network package you have. The raw performance of the TRENDnet TEW-691GR is by far its biggest weapon and advantage against competitors.
The router looks fairly plain from far away, though the colors from the LED and ports make it look significantly more impressive. The visual design will fit nicely into office settings for businesses.
The TRENDnet TEW-691GR has an extremely solid construction. Buttons are firm and responsive, ports are tight. The high quality plastic enclosure ensures the safety of the hardware. Many routers suffer from cheap looking plastic but TRENDnet has successfully avoided that by paying close attention to details in color and design.
Unfortunately while everything the TRENDnet 450Mpbs Wireless N delivers is great, there's just not enough additional functionality. Many higher-end routers offer USB ports for storage or printer sharing, or advanced router configurations things like monitoring usage or QoS. The TRENDnet provides us with a router that shines so brightly in terms of capability, but for many the additional speed can easily be sacrificed for some additional networking features.
Value is hard to set for the TRENDnet TEW-691GR. At $154.95 the price is fairly representative of the fair market value, so any drop wouldn't make too much sense. Most routers around this price range offer additional networking features but all fall behind to TRENDnet's 450Mbps wireless speeds. The question to answer is whether having the highest wireless transmission speeds or having additional network options is more important to you.
It would've been better if TRENDnet included additional features for the TEW-691GR, even if it came at a slightly higher price. This would be justified as users have all the functionality they need. For now we'll have to settle that the current fastest Wireless N router is competing solely on speed.
+ WPS button and WAN switch
- No dual-band support
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10
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