Trendnet showcased two networking items at Computex 2012 today to leverage on the new 802.11ac standard for the 5GHz band - the AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router (TEW-812DRU), and the AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Media Bridge (TEW-800MB). Both devices are compatible with the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard, designed to meet the growing bandwidth requirements in homes and offices. Here is a roundup of their key features.
At its heart, the TEW-812DRU is fundamentally a dual-band router that supports 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radios. On paper, the 5GHz 802.11ac band is rated at 1300Mbps - primed for HD video streams and more demanding loads. The 2.4GHz band, on the other hand, has a more conservative speed of 450Mbps, since it's based on the existing 802.11n standard. Other benefits of the TEW-812DRU include Gigabit ports, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), and beam-forming technology also in use by the 802.11n protocol to improve wireless transmissions and coverage. Network sharing of external storage devices is possible via the router's handy USB slot.
The TEW-812DRU is issued with a three-year limited warranty, and will be available from Trendnet's online and retail partners this November. Expect it to be priced at US$179.99.
The TEW-800MB is a dual band networking device with Gigabit ports as well as top speeds of 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band, but that's also where its similarity with the TEW-812DRU ends. Instead of routing functions, the TEW-800MB acts more like a media bridge, designed to connect up to four media center devices over the 802.11ac network. If you need something to hook up your Internet TV, NVR (Network Video Recorder), or media player, then Trendnet's Media Bridge should work as an ideal hub in connecting these devices.
Similar to the router's release, the TEW-800MB will be launched in November as well at an estimated retail price of US$129.99 with a three-year limited warranty.
To compliment the high speed Wireless 802.11ac based bridges and routers, you got to have a suitably fast wireless adapter and that's only going to happen via add-on solutions for the near future. The easiest way is to plug in an USB adapter, and so Trenednet came up with the AC1200 for this purpose. However, note that it's not following the "AC1750" branding and that's because this USB 2.0- based adapter isn't capable of sustaining higher transfer speeds. As such, 5GHz 802.11ac speeds are pegged at a max theoretical transfer speeds of up to 866Mbps while the the 2.4GHz band based 802.11n network can manage 300Mbps at best. Add those numbers up and you'll know why the adapter has a "AC1200" instead.
They didn't want to comment on when a USB 3.0 based adapter will be available, but it will be in the pipeline. For now, they wanted to get the new networking standard compatible with as many systems as possible and USB 2.0 is much better accepted and has lower costs too.