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Wireless Performance - Comparative

Since there are only three other AC1900 routers, I pulled them all (NETGEAR R7000, ASUS RT-AC68U, Linksys EA6900) into the wireless performance comparison.

2.4 GHz downlink shows a low start, then a throughput increase, like its AC1750 sibling. Throughput starts to fall off much earlier than the other routers with the connection dropping relatively early at 54 dB of attenuation.

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

The 2.4 GHz uplink plot shows starting throughput in line with its competition. But once again a much-earlier throughput falloff with disconnect coming early.

2.4 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

2.4 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

The 5 GHz downlink profile shows the 818DRU not even in the same ballpark as the other AC1900 routers.

5 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

5 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

The same trend is also seen in the 5 GHz uplink profile.

5 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

5 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

Closing Thoughts

The Router Ranker Performance Summary shows the V2 ranked third among four AC1900 class routers, but that's only because two are tied for first place. The sub-rankings show a solid fourth place ranking, with only one benchmark earning a second place sub-rank.

TRENDnet TEW-818DRU Router Ranking Summary

TRENDnet TEW-818DRU Router Ranking Summary

There's no kind way to put this, but there is really no reason to recommend the TRENDnet TEW-818DRU. It's not even aggressively priced, because you can get the Linksys EA6900 for about the same $175 - $180 or so. Just pass this one by, folks.

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