TRENDnet CES 2015 Announcements – First Batch

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Tim Higgins

CES logoTRENDnet’s first round of CES 2015 announcements includes new AC routers, Gigabit powerline adapters and smart switches for home control.

The TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router is TRENDnet’s first AC3200 class router, based on Broadcom’s XStream architecture. It supports link rates up to 1300 Mbps on each of its two 5 GHz radios and 600 Mbps on its single 2.4 GHz band.

The hardware specs are similar to other AC3200 class routers including Gigabit WAN and LAN ports, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports for storage and printer sharing, 1 GHz main processor and six external antennas.

The TEW-828DRU will start shipping next month with a $279.99 MSRP.

TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router

TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 Tri Band Wireless Router

Also a first for TRENDnet is the TEW-827DRU AC2600 Dual Band Wireless Router. Like Linksys’ EA8500 announced yesterday, TRENDNet’s first 4×4 AC product supports a 1733 Mbps maximum 5 GHz link rate and 800 Mbps for the 2.4 GHz band for a 2533 Mbps total maximum link rate, which TRENDnet also rounds up to an AC2600 classing.

The TEW-827DRU has all Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 3.0 ports for storage and printer sharing, IPv6 support and built-in iTunes server and BitTorrent download client.

If TRENDnet holds its schedule, expect to see the TEW-827DRU in stores this May for $279.99 list.

TEW-827DRU AC2600 Dual Band Wireless Router

TEW-827DRU AC2600 Dual Band Wireless Router

The company’s Powerline 1200 adapters are definitely not new, having been announced at last year’s CES, delayed in June to September 2014 and still not shipped. But TRENDnet’s announcement is trying to fluff them up again. The TPL-420E2K Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit‘s MSRP is still $99.99 and it’s now supposed to ship in February. TPL-421E2K Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit with Built-in Outlet‘s MSRP also remains the same as announced last June ($109.99) and it is supposed to hit shelves in March. We’ll see…

TRENDnet Powerline 1200 Adapters

TRENDnet Powerline 1200 Adapters

Two "home control" products round out TRENDnet’s first round of CES 2015 announcements. The THA-102PLK Smart Switch Powerline Kit combines a TPL-406E Powerline 500 AV Nano Adapter with a new THA-102PL powerline-connected smart switch. AC devices plugged into the THA-102PL can be remotely controlled by companion iOS and Android apps that can turn the attached device on and off on demand or on schedule. The kit is schedule to start shipping in April for $104.99 MSRP.



If you like your smart switch with a built-in AC750 Wi-Fi extender, the THA-103AC Home Smart Switch with AC750 WiFi Extender is for you. It also is controlled by companion iOS and Android apps, but connects via Wi-Fi, not powerline and also extends the wireless signal on both bands. It is supposed to ship in March for $79.99 MSRP.

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