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Trendnet Unveils Its First MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router

LAS VEGAS — Trendnet is jumping into the MU-MIMO game with its first router enabled to take advantage of the Wi-Fi optimization technology. The TEW-827DRU costs $275 and is available now.

The TEW-827DRU is an AC2600 dual-band router, capable of speeds of up to 800Mbps on its 2.4GHz band and 1,733Mbps on its 5GHz band. The router's quad-stream technology allows more spatial streams to boost throughput. The TEW-827DRU has five Gigabit ports (including one for the modem), along with a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

If you find the blinking lights of a router to be distracting, there's also an off button for the LED lights, along with the standard buttons for power and connecting peripherals such as printers.

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But it's the support for MU-MIMO, or Multi-User Multiple-Input, Multiple Output, that makes Trendnet's router noteworthy. MU-MIMO distributes bandwidth more efficiently by offering separate streams to multiple devices, instead of dividing bandwidth among a common pool. That means a more efficient Wi-Fi network, provided you've got connected devices such as phones, laptops, and set-top boxes that also support MU-MIMO.

Trendnet is hardly the only router maker with MU-MIMO news at this year's CES. Both Linksys and Amped Wireless have made MU-MIMO central to their router plans for the coming year — a sign that router makers are stepping up their support for the technology as more connected devices include chips that can take advantage of MU-MIMO.

Trendnet also plans to release a new AC1900 USB adapter during the spring of 2016. The $110 TEW-809UB looks to boost wireless speeds for desktops and laptops, thanks to four detachable antennas and beam-forming technology that directs strong Wi-Fi signals to specific locations in your network.

Philip Michaels
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