TRENDnet is shipping its next-generation AC1200 dual-band wireless router, the TEW-811DRU. The company says it's designed to easily handle multiple HD streams "in a busy connected home", offering up to 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz band for Wireless AC networking and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band for Wireless N networking. It will be available soon online and at retail partners for $179.99 USD.
The specs show that the new router provides four Gigabit Ethernet ports and one USB 2.0 port for connecting external drives/flash sticks and printers – support for Samba / FTP server is included. It also sports parental controls that can filter Mac addresses, URLs and IP addresses, and Beamforming technology which boosts connectivity and real-time performance by directing the strongest signal to the location of each connected device.
TRENDnet claims that users can get the router up and running in minutes with an "intuitive" guided setup. There's also Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) which connects other WPS supported wireless adapters at the touch of a button. Users can even create one guest network per band with Internet isolation. Additional features include QoS management, IPv6 support, DDNS support for dyndns.com & no-ip.com, and wireless encryption up to WPA2.
Of course, to see the 867 Mbps speeds, customers will need a compatible Wireless AC device. For desktops and notebooks, TRENDnet offers the TEW-805UB, an AC1200 dual-band wireless USB adapter for $59.99 USD. It's a USB 3.0 device that provides coverage up to 330 feet indoors and up to 980 feet outside. Additional features include support for advanced wireless encryption for up to WPA2-RADIUS, one-touch WPS setup, and Dynamic Data Rate Scaling from 867 Mbps to 1 Mbps.
"The average home now has over ten wireless connected devices," said Zak Wood, director of marketing for TRENDnet. "TRENDnet’s TEW-811DRU, is designed to effortlessly handle network traffic for the demands of today and tomorrow."