Network specialist TRENDnet has launched the world's first dual-band network router to offer full 450 Mbps speeds on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless bands concurrently.
Called the TEW-692GR (aka the 450 Mbps Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N Router), the device made its first appearance a few weeks ago at COMPUTEX 2011 in Taipei. The company claims that, unlike other 450 Mbps Dual Band Routers on the market which only support 300 Mbps speeds on the 2.4 GHz band, TRENDnet's new router cranks out 450 Mbps on both channels. The drawback, however, it that most users will also need a 450 Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter in order to achieve the top-most speed with this specific router.
"Most wireless devices use the 2.4 GHz band," explained TRENDnet Director of Global Marketing Zak Wood in an email. "When you search wireless networks from your house and you see all the neighboring networks--[almost all] use the 2.4 GHz band. Dual Band allows you to use the less congested (low interference) 5 GHz band. So to use the 5 GHz band, you need a Dual Band Adapter."
So how will an integrated 802.11n PCI-E NIC work on the Dual Band router? "Regular adapters (either Wireless G or Wireless N) such as the one referenced use the 2.4 GHz band and would connect to the 2.4 GHz band of the router," he added. "Your 802.11n PCI-E NIC will connect to the router--however it will be limited by its max speed (either 150 Mbps or 300 Mbps)."
You don't need a Dual Band adapter to get 450 Mbps speeds, but you do need a 450 Mbps (single band or dual band) adapter to get 450 Mbps speeds, he said. Naturally if a 54 Mbps Wireless G adapter connects to the 450 Gbps router, the connection will be bottlenecked at the 54 Mbps speeds of the adapter. To get the most out of the new router, consumers should also get the 450 Mbps dual-band Wireless N adapter so then an easily switch between channels when needed without a loss in performance.
As for other features, the TEW-692GR includes Gigabit Ethernet ports, one-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), and WMM technology for prioritizing video and audio packets. The device will retail for $249.99 when it becomes available towards the end of the month. The compatible USB-based Wireless N adapter is already available for $82.99.