by October 9, 2006 0 comments



This multi-functional wireless router is meant for small offices. You can
configure it as a home gateway or configure it as an access point. The device
directly connects to cable or ADSL modem. It has one WAN port to connect
broadband router, four LAN ports to connect wired PC and two USB ports to
connect additional storage, media center PC or a webcam. The router supports
both 802.11b and g specs. The device is very easy to configure and even a novice
can set it up using the ZESetup button given at its rear. You can also configure
it using the configuration utility and Web interface.

Price:
Rs 8,700
Key Specs: Built-in firewall, content filter and bandwidth management system
Contact:
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.MumbaiEmail: altaf_ansari@asus.com

It comes with a built-in firewall, content filtering and bandwidth management
system. Plus, this router will let you watch videos from your home-theater
system or enjoy digital music. You can even share your USB disk connected to the
router among the connected users in the form of FTP or Windows shares (CIFS).
The device supports six cameras with an external Web cam server running.

Tests
We tested this device with an IBM R52 notebook that had a built-in wireless
adaptor. In our tests, it gave a sustained throughput of 22 Mbps, an average
performance. And in streaming test, it gave very good performance without any
data loss, streaming data at 100 and 50 kbps. We also did the same tests with
Bluetooth interference and the throughput dropped to 16 Mbps and there it
registered a 2 % loss in the streaming too. This shows that Bluetooth devices
can hamper the performance of the device.

Bottom Line: A good choice at this price, given the rich set of
features it has.

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