Trendnet AC2600 MU-MIMO WiFi Router Review

Trendnet AC2600 MU-MIMO WiFi Router Features

Management:

The web interface built into the AC2600 offers a bunch of options. Better yet, it’s also user friendly.

**Note** When accessing the router for the first time, you can find the default password on the sticker attached to the bottom of the router.

You can choose a basic setup or advanced depending on how comfortable you are with router configuration. When you first log in, you’ll see an overall status page. The router will tell you if it has Internet connectivity, if USB devices are plugged in, Wi-Fi status, and connected devices.

The Wi-Fi settings tab is where you’ll configure all of the WiFi settings. You can enable or disable 2.4Ghz, 5GHz, and set security options.

The Guest Network settings tab allows you to configure any guest options. This is a great option to use if you have people that visit your house frequently, but you only want to give them access to the Internet. Using a Guest Network will block them from seeing and access other devices and shared folders on your LAN.

For those of you with children, the Trendnet AC2600 offers Parental Controls. My kids are older teens, so I don’t worry as much as I did before, but parental controls are a good way for filtering out content. Configuring parental controls is best done with MAC addresses unless you’re using static IP addresses for your child’s devices. You can view MAC addresses under the Advanced> Administrator> Client Status page of the router.

The Router Limits feature requires an account with https://routerlimits.com/. It is sold by your ISP. It allows you to manage screen time, filter content, track browsing history, monitor bandwidth, and much more.

Wi-Fi Range

My house isn’t huge, it’s a single story ranch with a finished basement and totals about 1400 square feet. Still, with previous routers I’ve owned, they have all struggled to give me Wi-Fi in my garage which is about 30 feet from the back of the house. The TrendnetAC2600 has improved that. Since it’s installed in my basement, the 5GHz side of the network does get weak out there, but it doesn’t just drop completely. I do have a mesh system that pairs with this router, but unfortunately it isn’t installed yet. Eventually, I would like to test this modified system out separately to see if there is any increase in signal strength in my garage.

Speed

Technically, I pay for an 80 Megabit connection with my cable provider.  I’m not one to run speed tests regularly, but the few I’ve run on occasion have never resulted more than about 70 Megabits. That is, until I started on this review. Having provisioned DS3 and Optical circuits for a carrier from 2000-2002 and later as a Cable and DSL install tech, I know how connections are metered with ISPs. So, it makes sense to me that my cable ISP is selling a certain connection, but they allow a little overage. On my wired desktop, I’m consistently seeing speeds approaching 120 Mbps. My Wi-Fi tests on the 5GHz side of the network are consistently above 100 Mbps, while the 2.4Ghz side is rarely above 30Mbps. I have to say, that’s totally acceptable, and an unexpected boost with a wired connection. I performed my speed tests with www.speedtest.net.

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