Over the next couple weeks I am going to be looking at a couple new routers. If you would like to see my review of the Netgear R7000 check out the review here. First let’s take a look at the latest offering from Trendnet the TEW-827DRU. The specs for this AC2600 router are impressive, Quad stream supporting multiple paths on the 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz bands. The TEW-827DRU has a 1.4Ghz dual core processor for getting data where it needs to be as quickly as possible. Dual USB3.0 ports and the latest in WiFi MU-MIMO.
This year, the big thing in router technology, is MU-MIMO. (Multi-User Multiple-Input, Multiple Output) allows the router to process multiple data streams simultaneously allowing for a higher performance network across all devices. The Trendnet TEW-827DRU implementation of MU-MIMO as an AC2600 router appears to be very good.
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Setting up the TEW-827DRU was rather simple, however getting it to detect my internet didn’t seem to work the first time. Canceling out and going through the manual setup my internet was detected.
Once the issue with the internet was solved, any other setting or feature I was looking for was intuitively placed in the menu system.
Adding USB drives to the system worked well and they were served up a Network attached storage. Really I like this feature of modern routers, it makes it really simple to keep your data backed up.
Through my past 2 weeks of using the TEW-827DRU router I had fairly good coverage in the house. Some of my devices were reported as having low signal but they seemed to be working just fine. Of my 25 various wifi enabled devices including laptops, tv’s, game consoles, phones, tablets, and wired devices I didn’t notice any issues.
The TEW-827DRU is a great router that has a few little kinks that need to be ironed out with a software update. Even then I think it is a rock solid contender that I would be proud to have in my home.
Some of the features that I liked with the TEW-827DRU is that when I made changes to the system and applied them they went to a holding area so that I could commit them all at once. Most every router that I have used in the past makes you restart the router after most every change leading to a long setup time.
I really would have liked to have seen a free custom Dynamic DNS service like is offered in the Netgear R7000 instead of having to use NO-IP or DynDNS. I also had issues with my QNAP NAS that would not show the login page on the main wifi network but as soon as I switched to the guest account it worked without any issue.
Even with the issues talking with their Tech support was great they were knowledgeable, and were well trained able to communicate complex issues well.
Below is my unboxing video: