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TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless Router - Final Thoughts

Is the typical 300Mbps not enough for you anymore? Try the 450Mbps TEW-691GR wireless router from TRENDnet.

| Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Jul 13, 2010 10:45 am
TweakTown Rating: 77%Manufacturer: TRENDnet

Final Thoughts

 

I suppose the first thing that should be said here is that there are currently very few wireless adapters that can take advantage of the technology (or speed) of the TEW-691GR. This does not mean that you cannot enjoy the performance today; it just means that you are not going to get near the upper 450Mbps limit. In the end we managed to see a connection speed listed at 270Mbps, but the throughput was not near that listing.

 

Of course, the speed was not the only thing we saw that was out of place. There was the weird MCS listing. We are almost certain that it should have been 23 now that we look at the data, but the listing was way off. The lack of a connection wizard was a bit of a letdown as well.

 

The price of the TEW-691GR, $169.99 at NewEgg.com puts it at the upper end of the market for this type of product. At this price level the TEW-691GR should have included profiles for common games (or games using common port ranges). There should also have been a wizard for easy setup. The QoS and DMZ options were also extremely limited for the cost. I can only hope that future firmware updates will include some of this; especially if the price stays at the $170 level.

 

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