TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Review

The TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 router. This is TRENDnet’s fastest router to date. It’s their first venture into AC1900 territory. Pitching in towards the budget end of the ultra-router market (around $159 at time of writing), TRENDnet are trying to take a chunk out of the Netgear’s and Linksys’s of this world.

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TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Features

The TEW-818DRU is a little lighter on features compared to the top end routers, but there are still some features worth talking about…

7 Features of the TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900

Data Rates Up To 1.9Gbps
Using both Wireless AC & N and simultaneous dual band, the TEW-818DRU can reach theoretical speeds up to 1.9Gbps. This is perfect for users who want to everything, from playing online games, to streaming HD movies, to shifting large files around the home as fast as possible. TRENDnet have entered the league of AC1900 ultra-speed.

Share With USB 3.0
With it’s USB 3.0 port, the TRENDnet TEW-818DRU is excellent as a source for sharing media. Plug in a USB drive and HD streaming becomes a reality. There’s also a USB 2.0 port for backwards compatibility should you need it. Or perhaps plug in a printer.

Better Coverage – Beamforming
Rather than broadcasting wireless signal in all directions at all times, Beamforming intelligently directs wireless signal to your wireless clients as and when they need it. The advantages to this are better coverage, faster speeds at greater distances, and more reliable connections. The process is fully automated, just let the TEW-818DRU get on with it!

Guest Network Available
Create a separate network for your guests. This means they can access the Internet, but are kept securely away from the main wireless network – keeping your files safe from intrusion.

4x Wired Gigabit Ports
Should you have non-wireless devices or you really want to get the best out of your games, just use one of the four available Gigabit Ethernet wired ports.

DD-WRT Open Source Compatible
Should you want to really take control, the TEW-818DRU is DD-WRT compatible. DD-WRT is open source firmware that allows the more experienced user to fully monitor the network with SNMP, fully adjust antenna power settings or customize QoS settings along with lots of other tweaks.

Parental Controls
Limit Internet access on your terms. Make sure the kids aren’t on the net when they should be sleeping!

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TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 – Other Features

GREENnet Energy Saving
TRENDnet’s very own GREENnet energy saving technology to save up to 50% energy compared to non-energy saving techniques.

Data Prioritization
The TRENDnet TEW-818DRU uses Quality of Service to improve your Internet experience, especially for online gaming and video/voice.

Push Button Pairing
Easy to pair wireless clients. Using WPS, cumbersome device additions are a thing of the past.

WPA2 Encrypted Wireless
Keep your wireless traffic safe with WPA2 encryption.

TRENDnet TEW-818DRU Technical Specs

  • 1.9Gbps Data Rates
  • Simultaneous Dual Band
  • QoS Management
  • 4x Gbps LAN Port / 1Gbps WAN Port
  • 1x USB 3.0 / 1x USB 2.0 Port
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Conclusion


  • Very Fast 2.4GHz
  • USB 3.0 Port

Not so Good

  • There Are Faster 5GHz Routers Available For More Money

A little cheaper than it’s competitors, but then again, not quite as fast.

Do you agree/disagree? Is the TRENDnet TEW-818DRU on your shopping list? Why not comment below and let us know what you think…

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