Published on Sunday, 03 November 2013 22:46
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Since I’ve always had more than just 1 computer at my place when DSL first arrived into this country although everyone i knew chose the normal low-cost ADSL modems i opted for the more powerful and expensive modem/router combination so i could give access to all my systems without much fuss. Well to this day I’ve never stopped using modem/router models (the Netgear i have now is the 7th in line) but something strange has happened and so for the past 2 years for unknown reasons (to me at least) all the well-known network solutions companies out there have shifted their focus towards the design and manufacture of standalone router models. Of course as you can all understand i am not too fond of that cause i can't upgrade my modem/router with a newer model but since the latest 802.11ac (AC1750) Wi-Fi protocol has been introduced in routers we had to take a closer look and the TEW-812DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router by TRENDnet was the first to arrive on our doorstep.
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The latest AC1750 Gigabit Wi-Fi technology actually takes its name from the how it works and it basically broadcasts a concurrent dual band signal in both 5GHz and 2.4GHz (3 internal antennas for each) allowing for speeds of up to 1300Mbps (802.11ac) for the first and 450Mbps (802.11n) for the 2nd totaling at 1750Mbps for both. So although naturally you can't use both with the same adapter even just the 802.11ac protocol allows you to stream FullHD material and play online games without the hiccups of previous protocols or at least that's how it should be if it actually works (remains to be seen). Of course needless to say that you will need one of the latest AC1750 (802.11ac) compatible Wi-Fi adapters to use such routers as it was meant so for this review TRENDnet made available their latest TEW-805UB AC1200 Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter which of course we will also use to test other AC1750 compatible routers in the future. So let's see just how faster this new technology makes the TEW-812DRU compared to the other routers we have in our growing database.