Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Wireless Reviews

AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router
At a glance
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

Typical Price: $63  Buy From Amazon

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

More Wireless

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

I've just upgraded our cable modem and experiencing radically different download speeds on our mesh network depending on which router/node I'm attache...
What's the difference between the "DNS and WINS Server Setting" option and the "WAN DNS Setting" option under each tab? I have only been using the WAN...
I'm currently use a Asus RT-ac88u router with AsusMerlin firmware.But I'm dissatisfied with the speed when I use OpenvpnMy dream would be a router who...
Hi. I am experienceing slow 5ghz speeds on my RT-ac68u. My iPhone and android tablet max out around 120Mbps when connecting to the RT. Yesterday I pur...
My work issued computer is bypassing DNSFilter when connected to my router (no vpn enabled on the work computer). When I check IPleak.net it reports t...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3