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AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router
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ProductTRENDnet AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router (TEW-812DRUv2)   [Website]
SummaryUpdated 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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Overview

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

TRENDnet TEW-812DRUV2 front and rear panel callouts

Inside

For the V2, TRENDnet stuck with Broadcom and moved up to its second-generation BCM4708A0 communications processor SoC.

TRENDnet TEW-812DRUV2 inside
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.

TRENDnet TEW-812DRU inside
TRENDnet TEW-812DRU inside

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)
- BCM4331
- 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)
Table 1: Router component summary and comparison

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