I’m not exaggerating when I say that my experience with TRENDnet’s TEW-635BRM ADSL router is incredibly great. I’ve tried and worked with D-link, Linksys, 3COM, Thomson SpeedTouch, as well as Belkin routers numerous times before, however they manage to have some minuscule faults here and there; be it bad port forwarding, Type 3 NATing (PS3 users know!), poor WPA2 authentication, poor DHCP, interface only works with IE, random crashes, etc. and their firmware upgrades never do much to fix anything either.
TRENDnet is based on Linux. In fact, you can download their firmware’s GPL source code from their website if you wanted. Their web-based interface is simple, responsive, and all the options, except for the initial setup wizard, require no rebooting! Actually, there’s no reboot option at all on their interface; services are restarted within 3 seconds.
Some of its features:
- Wireless N Draft 2 with MIMO – Up to 300 Mbps (270 Mbps tested)
- 2 SSIDs (with isolation option) – Primary and Guest Access
- IPoA, PPPoE, PPPoA (autodetection) ADSL2/2+
- WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WEP, 802.1x authentication
- WDS, WPS supported
- Modem-only Mode supported
- UPnP, Application Level Gateway
- URL and IP filtering
- Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)
- Quality of Service (QoS) with priority or rate capping (in kbps) on IPs and ports!
- Multiple VPN Pass-through sessions for IPSec, PPTP and L2TP
- Email notification (SMTP)
- Syslog and Syslog server supported
- Small & Energy Efficient
- One year warranty
The best feature of all, it only costs 25 KD. I’m serious.
The one downside is that it doesn’t have Gigabit ethernet ports yet. The equivalent Linksys router that does, costs 60 KD.