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TRENDNET TEW-671BR Dual Band Wireless N Dedicated Media Band Router Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:HEqG_wUcu3wl1M:http://salestores.com/stores/images/images_747/TEW671BR.jpgEntertainment has come a long way from sitting around the family radio and listening to the Green Hornet. Today family media is distributed throughout the home and all of it can be accessible with a well maintained family network. The one thing I can say personally is that in the past trying to stream HD video from one wireless device to another while someone up stairs is online downloading from the net was infuriating I figured a single band wireless N router was enough but the constant choking and sputtering was driving me nuts. TRENDNET as always has positioned themselves as a leading force in home networking buy releasing the new TRENDNET TEW-671BR Dual Band Wireless N Dedicated Media Band Router. With this little box you can stream your media on the wide open 5 gig band and your other net traffic on a lower 2.4 band and still keep a smile on your whole families face because everyone can do what they like without infringing on anyone else’s relaxation or work. Let’s get a good look at the TRENDNET TEW-671BR Dual Band Wireless N Dedicated Media Band Router:

 

Provided by: TRENDNET

Price: $93.93

Closer Look:

Specifications and Features:

  • IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 and IEEE 802.11a/b/g compliant
  • Transmits simultaneous 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) signals (with separate default SSIDs)
  • 4 x 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN ports and 1 x 10/100Mbps WAN port (Internet)
  • Compatible with most popular cable/DSL Internet service providers using Dynamic/Static IP, PPPoE and PPTP
  • High-speed data rates up to 300Mbps using an IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 connection
  • 2 external antennas provide high-speed performance and expansive wireless coverage
  • Monitor wireless bandwidth information and allocation
  • Multiple SSID with wireless or wired/wireless clients isolation support
  • Advanced Firewall protection with Network Address Translation (NAT) and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
  • Access restriction with Internet Access Control; time scheduling, IP, URL and MAC filtering
  • Built in pre-configured virtual servers and Application Level Gateway services for special Internet applications
  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for auto discovery and support for device configuration of Internet applications
  • Multiple pass-through sessions for popular VPN applications (IPSec and PPTP)
  • Applications priority queue, IP range bandwidth allocation and Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) provide advanced QoS support
  • Easy setup via Web browser using the latest versions of Internet Explorer, FireFox, and Safari
  • One touch wireless security setup using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button
  • Complete wireless security with WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, and WEP
  • Works with Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems
  • 3- year limited warranty

 

Hardware
Standards Wired: IEEE 802.3 (10Base-T), IEEE 802.3u (100Base-TX)
Wireless: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0) IEEE 802.1d Spanning Tree
WAN 1 x 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX port (Internet)
LAN 4 x 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX port
WPS Button Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) with other WPS compliant devices
Connection Type Dynamic IP, Static (fixed) IP, PPPoE, PPTP
Router/ Firewall Enable/disable Firewall
NAT, SPI and DoS (block ping, port scan, sync flood)
ALG support (enable/disable support) –RTP/RTSP, AOL, FTP, ICMP, WMP/MMS, NetMeeting, SIP
MAC / IP filtering (deny or allow)
UPnP, DMZ, Static/Dynamic Route support
WDS Enable/disable Wireless Distribution System support
LED Indicator Power, LAN1~LAN4, WAN, 2.4GHz WLAN, 5GHz WLAN, WPS
Power Adapter 12V DC, 1A external power adapter
Power Consumption 900mA (max)
Dimension (L x W x H) 170 x 111 x 26 mm (6.7 x 4.4 x 1 inches)
Weight 320g (0.7 lb)
Temperature Operation: 0°~ 45°C (32°F~ 113°F) Storage: -10°~ 70°C (14°F~158 °F)
Humidity Max. 95% (non-condensing)
Certifications CE, FCC
Wireless
Frequency 2.412 ~ 2.484GHz
5.150~5.250GHz; 5.725~5.825GHz (FCC)
5.150~5.250MHz (ETSI)
Antenna 2 x 2dBi fixed dipole antenna
2 x 4dBi internal antennas
Module Technique OFDM: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK
Data Rate 802.11a: 54Mbps, 48Mbps, 36Mbps, 24Mbps, 18Mbps, 12Mbps, 9Mbps and 6Mbps
802.11b: 11Mbps, 5.5Mbps, 2Mbps, and 1Mbps
802.11g: 54Mbps, 48Mbps, 36Mbps, 24Mbps, 18Mbps, 12Mbps, 9Mbps and 6Mbps
802.11n: up to 300Mbps
Security 64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK(TKIP)/WPA2-PSK(AES), WPA/WPA2-RADIUS
802.1x Authenticator
Multiple SSID and SSID disable/isolation support
Isolation between wireless or wireless/wired clients for each SSID
QoS Priority queue, bandwidth allocation support and WMM
Output Power 802.11a: 14dBm (typical)
802.11b: 17dBm (typical)
802.11g: 14dBm (typical) 802.11n: 15dBm (typical) with HT20 or HT40
Receiving Sensitivity 802.11a: -75dBm (typical) @ 54Mbps
802.11b: -91dBm (typical) @ 11Mpbs
802.11g: -75dBm (typical) @ 54Mbps
802.11n: -75dBm (typical) with HT20 or HT40
Channels 2.4GHz : 1~11 (FCC), 1~13 (ETSI)
5GHz : following local regulations

 

Testing:

In order to test the TRENDNET TRENDNET TEW-671BR I decided to go into my basement with the router on the main floor and focus just on connectivity to the router rather than throughput. We would previously use AIDA 32 for this test but since our change to Windows 7 64bit this made poor AIDA obsolete. I tested the TRENDNET TRENDNET TEW-671BR  against the TRENDNET TEW-651BR Singleband wireless N router and Dualband TEW-639GR from TRENDNET:

TRENDNET TEW-671BR Dual Band: 270Mbps 5 Bars

Greennet TEW-651BR: 65Mbps at 5 Bars

Dualband TEW-639GR: 130Mbps 5 Bars

The standard Dualband router I reviewed from before was pretty excellent at media streaming with a very rare skip in performance where as the singleband wireless n router choked up quite often with a lot of web traffic . The speeds and streaming ability of the TRENDNET TEW-671BR Dual Band Router are extremely impressive. I am stuck with my office in the basement and because f the lease agreement for the office we are in I cannot run hard wired so transferring files from one workstation to another was painful the 10mbps boost over standard dualband I got from the TRENDNET TEW-671BR Dual Band has drastically improved productivity and because of the 5 gig and 2.4 gig bands traffic isn't congested like it used to be

Conclusion:

I always like TRENDNET'S products even the single band router was one of the best routers I have ever used because it was rock solid and never lost connectivity to the internet unless I was without a connection to the outside world due to my ISP.  I am always impressed with TRENDNET'S performance and as such they are the number one choice when I am having a lan part for their switches and routers. Levelone would be a close second. Because of all the issues I have had with D-link and Linksys in the past I don't think it would take much to convince me that I should reach for a TRENDNET product instead.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, whole heatedly, even if you are not a big media streamer having the dualband capabilities drastically improves your network speeds and overall productivity.

Pros:

  • Dualband 
  • Price
  • 5 gig and 2.4 gig dedicated bands
  • Impressive HD Streaming Performance
  • Stays Connected

Cons:

  • Liked the Physical Wifi Switch of the Other TRENDNET Dualband Router A lot More Than the Software Switch

 


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