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May 26, 2014 5:19:50 PM

So lately I found out that PCMag rated the Trendnet AC1750 as having excellent range and throughput having a higher rating than the more expensive, Nighthawk. The Trendnet is now DD-WRT compatible as well and it is only $130 at Micro Center, where I work. I could get the AC1900 version for $130 on discount tbh.

But it is half duplex. I want something just as good but with FULL DUPLEX. Nighthawk isn't specified as being half or full. I need to know if they are half or full duplex. We carry most routers except the over hyped WRT1900... I don't want it anyways.

Not wanting ASUS for the connection dropping problem and Linksys is Belkin so not going that way. D-Link... idk. I hear the DIR series is really good but I need opinions. So the match up is between the D-Link, Trendnet, and Nighthawk. What should I get? Please nothing off topic or mentioning the routers I DO NOT WANT!

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May 26, 2014 8:15:15 PM

There is no such thing as full duplex in wireless. That is the key problem and why all the numbers are smoke and mirrors where they run controlled tests with only a single transmitter. You start running multiple machine competing for the bandwidth and it degrades immensely.

Trendnet in general is not even close to top of line manufacture. They are in the same category as belkin which you do not like. I have no clue where anyone could say trendnet is faster than most other routers. Go look at http://www.smallnetbuilder.com they have trendnet stuff way down the list and pretty much any of the test conditions.

The key problem with any wireless testing is that the environment it is tested in make more difference than any small difference in the routers. In many cases the routers use exactly the same chipsets they just have different names on the outside.

You also have to be very suspect of any user reviews since they are in fact reviewing THEIR house and THEIR neighborhood WiFi. This is why you see every router made having complaints about drops and slow response. It generally isn't the router it is their environment and many times they are too stupid to know how to do simple things like change channels so when they buy a different router and it selects a different channel they seem to think it was the brand of router.

Pretty much the key difference between routers will be the support from the manufacture. If you load dd-wrt or one of the other third party firmwares then it doesn't matter as much since the third party firmware tends to get patched faster than some of the smaller router manufactures.

Which you pick likely will make very little difference and you have to consider the nic cards you have since the router is only half the issue. Many of the testing sites use a second router to test since few if any nic cards can transfer even close to the rates the routers can. If price is you main concern I would be looking at TP-link.

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May 27, 2014 4:54:24 PM

bill001g said:
There is no such thing as full duplex in wireless. That is the key problem and why all the numbers are smoke and mirrors where they run controlled tests with only a single transmitter. You start running multiple machine competing for the bandwidth and it degrades immensely.

Trendnet in general is not even close to top of line manufacture. They are in the same category as belkin which you do not like. I have no clue where anyone could say trendnet is faster than most other routers. Go look at http://www.smallnetbuilder.com they have trendnet stuff way down the list and pretty much any of the test conditions.

The key problem with any wireless testing is that the environment it is tested in make more difference than any small difference in the routers. In many cases the routers use exactly the same chipsets they just have different names on the outside.

You also have to be very suspect of any user reviews since they are in fact reviewing THEIR house and THEIR neighborhood WiFi. This is why you see every router made having complaints about drops and slow response. It generally isn't the router it is their environment and many times they are too stupid to know how to do simple things like change channels so when they buy a different router and it selects a different channel they seem to think it was the brand of router.

Pretty much the key difference between routers will be the support from the manufacture. If you load dd-wrt or one of the other third party firmwares then it doesn't matter as much since the third party firmware tends to get patched faster than some of the smaller router manufactures.

Which you pick likely will make very little difference and you have to consider the nic cards you have since the router is only half the issue. Many of the testing sites use a second router to test since few if any nic cards can transfer even close to the rates the routers can. If price is you main concern I would be looking at TP-link.



As I stated, I do not want the ASUS AC routers. Every week so far at work, people have returned the ASUS AC routers because they always drop connections so they constantly have to reset them. I just need someone, with experience with the router, to help me out.
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May 27, 2014 9:53:40 PM

Brian Wood said:
bill001g said:
There is no such thing as full duplex in wireless. That is the key problem and why all the numbers are smoke and mirrors where they run controlled tests with only a single transmitter. You start running multiple machine competing for the bandwidth and it degrades immensely.

Trendnet in general is not even close to top of line manufacture. They are in the same category as belkin which you do not like. I have no clue where anyone could say trendnet is faster than most other routers. Go look at http://www.smallnetbuilder.com they have trendnet stuff way down the list and pretty much any of the test conditions.

The key problem with any wireless testing is that the environment it is tested in make more difference than any small difference in the routers. In many cases the routers use exactly the same chipsets they just have different names on the outside.

You also have to be very suspect of any user reviews since they are in fact reviewing THEIR house and THEIR neighborhood WiFi. This is why you see every router made having complaints about drops and slow response. It generally isn't the router it is their environment and many times they are too stupid to know how to do simple things like change channels so when they buy a different router and it selects a different channel they seem to think it was the brand of router.

Pretty much the key difference between routers will be the support from the manufacture. If you load dd-wrt or one of the other third party firmwares then it doesn't matter as much since the third party firmware tends to get patched faster than some of the smaller router manufactures.

Which you pick likely will make very little difference and you have to consider the nic cards you have since the router is only half the issue. Many of the testing sites use a second router to test since few if any nic cards can transfer even close to the rates the routers can. If price is you main concern I would be looking at TP-link.



As I stated, I do not want the ASUS AC routers. Every week so far at work, people have returned the ASUS AC routers because they always drop connections so they constantly have to reset them. I just need someone, with experience with the router, to help me out.


Where did I say ASUS even 1 time.

You stomp the little feed and scream I want trendnet is what this post looks like. If you don't want to do actual research and believe a old washed up publication like pcmag go ahead. They try to cover everything and do a poor job. When you look at the review you are basing you view on many of the rating points are based on look and feel of the configuration menus. The author then uses a very subjective method of testing. Unlike some of the other sites they don't tell how they test they just say it was the fastest I have seen. Gee I can say that too when I test in my house. comparison tests must at least try to scientifically control variable otherwise its no better than a amazon review.

The trendnet uses the old chipsets almost every manufacture was using more than a year ago before the 802.11ac standard was finalized. It has EXACTLY the same chips as the asus ac66u so if there is any difference in performance it is related to firmware.

So if it makes you happy go buy a trendnet but remember you are buying a old model chipset that is exactly the same as the asus routers you hate so much.
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