|At a glance|
|Product||TRENDnet AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router (TEW-812DRUv2) [Website]|
|Summary||Updated model with 2nd generation Broadcom based AC1750 router with single USB 3.0 port and redesigned admin GUI|
|Pros||• USB 3.0 port|
• Nicer looking admin GUI than V1
|Cons||• USB 3.0 port doesn't really help|
• Not much difference in performance vs. V1
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My review of TRENDnet's belated first attempt at its TEW-812DRU flagship AC router concluded there were just too many negatives to recommend it. Perhaps they agreed, since they now have a second version that they asked us to take for a spin. Unfortunately, the new version is not much of an improvement over the old.
On the surface, the V2 looks almost identical to the first version. The only difference is a vertical USB 3.0 port in the same spot as the horizontal USB 2.0 port on the V1.
TRENDnet TEW-812DRUV2 front and rear panel callouts
For the V2, TRENDnet stuck with Broadcom and moved up to its second-generation BCM4708A0 communications processor SoC.
TRENDnet TEW-812DRUV2 inside
Comparing the V2 inside photo to the V1's below, you can see a good deal of simplification, which should yield lower manufacturing cost. This time, TRENDnet has both the 2.4 and 5 GHz radios integrated directly into the main board. A change from six single-band antennas to three dual-band antennas is also worth noting.
Table 1 shows the key components for both V2 and V1. Note the reduction in both RAM and flash for V2.
|TRENDnet TEW-812DRUV2||TRENDnet TEW-812DRUV1|
|CPU||Broadcom BCM4708A0||Broadcom BCM4706|
|Switch||In BCM4708A0||Broadcom BCM53125|
|RAM||64 MB||128 MB|
|Flash||8 MB||128 MB|
|2.4 GHz Radio||- BCM4331
- SiGe 2605L 2.4 GHz Power Amp (x3)
- SiGE SE2594L Dual Band 802.11a/b/g/n
Wireless LAN Front End (x3)
|5 GHz radio||- Broadcom BCM4360
- Skyworks SE5003L1 5 GHz Power Amp (x3)
|- Broadcom BCM4360
- Skyworks SE5003L 5 GHz, 23dBm Power Amp
w/ Power Detector (x3)