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TRENDnet Wireless-N Router Comparison: TEW-691GR vs. TEW-673GRU

In this roundup, we are going to test two of TRENDnet's latest Wireless-N routers, the TEW-691GR 450Mbps wireless router and the TEW-673GRU 300Mbps dual-band wireless router.

TRENDnet was one of the first to launch Wireless-N products supporting up to 450Mbps throughput, thanks to a triple-stream radio implementation. The TEW-691 was launched in June last year, not too long after Ralink announced and started shipping their triple-stream 450Mbps chipsets in the first quarter that year.

The TEW-691 is a single 2.4GHz band, triple-stream wireless router with speeds of up to 450 Mbps. Like its predecessors, it comes dressed in the same shiny piano black overalls.

The power jack, reset button, color-coded RJ45 jacks (1x WAN , 4x LAN) are found at the back of the router. The TEW-691 also features a physical power switch as well as a WLAN ON/OFF switch, providing easy access to power cycle the router.

The three 4dBi dipole antennas are fixed, making it impossible to upgrade to higher dBi antennas.


The WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) button is located on the left side of the router. WPS allows devices to connect to the router securely with ease.


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