From the look, this router may seem exactly the same as its older brother. On the inside, however, it's quite a different beast. It's the first from Trendnet that offers the combined Wi-Fi speeds on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands of 1900Mbps, or 1300Mbps on the 5Ghz band and 600Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band. It joins the growing list of high-end routers on the market with this new performance capability, such as the Asus RT-AC68U, the Netgear R7000 or the recently announced Linksys WRT1900AC.
Trendnet has been know to be the maker of frill-free, affordable yet reliable Wi-Fi routers and the TEW-818U is expected to be similar. The new device, nonetheless, is equipped with a powerful 1Ghz processor, promising to be a powerful workhorse the way the TEW-816U proved to be. It comes with all gigabit ports (one WAN and four LANs), one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port. You can use these ports to host peripheral devices to serve the entire network, such as an external hard drive.
According to Zak Wood, director of global marketing of Trendnet, the TEW-818DRU is "designed to effortlessly handle the demands of not only today's, but also tomorrow's connected home." That's to be determined though based on past experience, it's likely to be the case if all you want is a robust home network.
The TEW-818DRU is slated to be available next month at the estimated cost of $260, and you can expect the street price to be lower considering existing AC1900 routers generally costs less. Check back after CES for our full review of the device.