External Storage Testing
In our external storage performance test, we map the USB 3.0 storage port on each router as a network drive, then run ATTO Disk benchmark and record the best results over three runs.
External storage performance for the TEW-828DRU was decent and while we didn't reach top tier results, we did manage 50 MB/s read and 31 MB/s write, which makes it a good enough solution for transferring files across the network and even streaming to any DLNA capable device.
With so many routing solutions available in today's market, finding the perfect solution can at times be difficult. Since the release of 802.11ac technology, vendors have been producing solutions from the low-end budget friendly AC1200 all the way up to AC2400 Wave and AC3200. While many of these share the same platform underneath, your decision will largely depend upon product support, firmware and reliability.
In testing the TEW-828DRU, I found this particular solution to offer a good deal of build quality along with aesthetic appeal. The plastics used are durable and fit together tight, while the piano black appearance gives the unit some class, even if it does attract fingerprints.
Performance of the TEW-828DRU was quite impressive as well. In my testing, we found this solution to be in the top tier when it came to LAN throughput, while WAN performance was on par with many solutions in our charts. Wireless throughput for the 2.4GHz band was close to being the best we have seen with the 20MHz band reaching 124 Mbps and the 40MHz band touching 227 Mbps. 5GHz performance did drop off slightly due to not having the ability to lock the 80MHz band, but did reach 215 Mbps at 40 MHz and 307 Mbps at 80 MHz.
As stated in the past, performance may not be everything to everyone and as such the TRENDnet does offer a very easy to use interface for managing this solution. The main menu gives a glimpse of the status of the router and digging into the settings gives plenty of options for configuring your network or setting up additional network storage. With that said, even with the 5GHz performance issues that could possibly be cleaned up with future firmware revisions, the TRENDnet TEW-828DRU solution does offer the best warranty when it comes to AC3200 solutions at three years.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||87%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||87%|
The Bottom Line: TRENDnet's TEW-828DRU is a solid router, with minor performance issues that could certainly be fixed in future updates. Adding to the package is an AC3200 platform with an industry leading warranty at a decent price point.
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