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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

Storage Performance


In our Storage Performance test, I use a SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB USB 3.0 Flash drive formatted with the EXT4 filesystem. I mount the volume as a network drive and test with NAS Performance Test 1.7.





On the storage front, the TRENDnet device did quite good with read performance. Write performance, however, was rather terrible - in fact, it was the worst I have seen. I was able to reach 74 MB/s read with write performance topping out at 9 MB/s.



Final Thoughts


In my eyes, TRENDnet seems to be a relatively quiet company. While you have some of the bigger names in the industry proudly displaying their advances in wireless technology with fancy alien looking routers, TRENDnet stays at home and quietly masters its next solution. The AC2600 platform launched not long ago is a rather solid device. The build quality is good; the soldering internally all looked clean, and the heat sink was plenty to keep the device cool in my testing. The antennas, before I got in and messed about, were all tied down, so they weren't in the way.


Performance in most cases was quite good and looking at our charts the TRENDnet solution was at the top in nearly everyone including LAN, WAN, and 5GHz wireless. With this solution basically being the same as the G10 from ASRock, I am curious what TRENDnet did to make it perform so much better than the G10. In LAN and WAN testing, the 827DRU reach near full gigabit performance at 937 and 911 Mbps, while 5GHz wireless was 46 Mbps quicker than the G10 at 448 Mbps.




Taking a look at how things line up for the 827DRU, as you can see, it shares a similar platform to the C2600 from TP-Link and the G10 from ASRock. All three routers have their hitches with the TRENDnet having weak 2.4Ghz performance in my testing and lackluster file write performance with storage. With that said, the TRENDnet TEW-827DRU does have a solid price point along with an industry leading warranty.

Product Summary Breakdown

Quality including Design and Build85%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money85%
Overall TweakTown Rating84%

The Bottom Line: For its price point, the TRENDnet TEW-827DRU needs a little bit of work in places as far as performance is concerned, but it is a solid platform otherwise.

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