TRENDnet AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router (TEW-818DRU) Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2014-05-15

The TEW-818DRU is the next iteration after the TEW-812DRU (2nd revision) and features increased coverage, better wireless speeds and two USB ports for connecting additional storage devices. TRENDnet proposes an alternative DD-WRT open-source firmware for it which we can flash with ease; while the current open-source version is not 100% stable and the USB storage on DD-WRT is not working properly at the moment, we are hoping for a revised variant in the near future in order to fix these issues.

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Product Features, Specifications

Product Features:


Ease of Use


Easy Setup - Get up and running in minutes with the intuitive guided setup


One Touch Connection - Securely connect to the router at the touch of the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button


USB Share Ports - Plug in a flash or storage drive into the 5 Gbps USB 3.0 port or the USB 2.0 port


Multi Language - Multi Language Interface: English, Spanish, French, German, and Russian




Encrypted Wireless - For your security the router arrives pre-encrypted with its own unique password


Guest Network - Create a secure, isolated network for guest internet access only


Parental Controls - Control access to specific websites or types of content




Next Generation Wireless AC - 802.11ac provides uninterrupted HD video streaming in a busy connected home


Simultaneous Dual Band - High speed 1300 Mbps Wireless AC band + 600 Mbps Wireless N


Gigabit Ports - Gigabit ports extend high performance wired connections


Wireless Coverage - Whole home wireless coverage for average size homes


Backward Compatible - Compatible with legacy wireless devices


Open Source - Compatible with DD-WRT open source firmware***


Targeted Beamforming - Increased real-time performance by directing stronger wireless to your specific location


Product Specifications:




IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

IEEE 802.3ab

IEEE 802.11a

IEEE 802.11b

IEEE 802.11g

IEEE 802.11n (2.4 GHz up to 600 Mbps TurboQAM*, 5 GHz up to 450 Mbps)

IEEE 802.11ac (draft 2.0, up to 1.3 Gbps)


Hardware Interface


4 x Gigabit LAN ports

1 x Gigabit WAN port

1 x USB 3.0 (Storage FTP, Samba, Printing)

1 x USB 2.0 (Storage FTP, Samba, Printing)

Power switch (EU only)

WPS button

LED indicators




Wireless encryption up to WPA2

Firewall: NAT, SPI

Parental (Access) Controls: MAC, URL, IP Filter


System Requirements


Optional USB Printing utility: Windows: 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP; Mac OS X: 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, 10.5, 10.4


Special Features


QoS Management

IPv6 support

WDS support

Up to 2 additional SSID per band

1 guest network per band with option for Internet access only

Dynamic DNS support for and

Samba/FTP server support

Multi-Language interface: English, French, Spanish, German, Russian


Open Source


Compatible with DD-WRT Firmware


Antenna Gain


2.4 GHz: 6 dBi (max.) internal/5 GHz: 6 dBi (max.) internal


Wireless Output Power/Receiving Sensitivity


802.11a: FCC: 22 dBm, ETSI: 18 dBm (max.)/ -68 dBm (typical) @ 54 Mbps

802.11b: FCC/ETSI: 19 dBm (max.)/ -84 dBm (typical) @ 11 Mbps

802.11g: FCC/ETSI: 18 dBm (max.)/-72 dBm (typical) @ 54 Mbps

802.11n: FCC/ETSI: 18 dBm (max.)/-68 dBm (typical) @ 600 Mbps 2.4 GHz

802.11n: FCC: 22 dBm, ETSI: 18 dBm (max.)/ -68 dBm (typical) @ 450 Mbps 5 GHz

802.11ac: FCC: 23 dBm, ETSI: 19 dBm (max.)/ -55 dBm (typical) @ 1.3 Gbps




Input: 100 – 240 V AC, 50 - 60 Hz, 0.8 A

Output: 12 V DC, 2 A

Consumption: 22 Watts (Max.)


Operating Temperature


0 - 40° C (32 - 104° F)


Operating Humidity


Max. 90% non-condensing









48 x 155 x 180 mm (1.8 x 6.1 x 7.1 in.)




395 g (14 oz.)




3 year limited



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