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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

Typical Price: $55  Buy From Amazon


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


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.

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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