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TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: May 17, 2016 12:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: TRENDnet

Wired Throughput

 

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Now that we know all about the router and its many features, we can take a gander at its performance. In my testing, I started with the router's LAN to LAN throughput, and it came out quite good at 937 Mbps.

 

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WAN to LAN came in at 911 Mbps, slightly quicker than the C2600 and G10, which share the underlying platform.

 

 

Wireless Throughput

 

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Moving to wireless throughput, the TRENDnet firmware doesn't allow you to manage the 20 and 40MHz band separately, so performance is testing in 20/40 mode. As you can see above, the 2.4GHz band wasn't kind to my testing as I was only able to reach a peak of 78 Mbps. This is most likely due to me using a Broadcom chipset.

 

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Swapping over to 5GHz, performance picked up quite a bit with the 827DRU reaching 159 Mbps and 300 Mbps on the 20 and 40MHz bands, and 446 Mbps on the 80MHz band.

 

 

Multi-User Throughput

 

In our Multi-User test, we use three identical smartphones with the latest MU-MIMO chipset. This test requires the router to handle three simultaneous throughput streams with the results below for each band.

 

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The 2.4GHz band was able to produce a rather tight throughput pattern in testing, with just one device falling off for a second. Throughput across all devices were around 42 to 56 Mbps.

 

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5GHz performance was all over the place, but we do see two devices staying quite close together. Throughput on the 5GHz band stayed around 92 to 108 Mbps.

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