by August 4, 2005 0 comments

Based on the IEEE 802.11g standard, this wireless gateway is good in performance and has a lot of features. Besides having standard wireless router functionality, comprising of a WAN port and four LAN ports, it also has two USB ports. An interesting thing about these ports is that they can be used to share a USB hard disk, printer or webcam. The gateway’s firmware supports all these three functions. All users who connect to the gateway can share these devices. For USB printer sharing, it has a built-in print server. A USB hard drive can be shared either using the gateway’s built-in FTP server or its Windows file server. Similarly, the webcam can also be configured and shared by the users. The gateway’s WAN port has a RJ45 connector, so check what type of connection your ISP offers before buying this gateway, as many ISPs offer connectivity over RJ11 connectors. 

Besides the standard 64/128-bit WEP encryption, the gateway has a built-in NAT firewall that validates all incoming and outgoing data packets. It also has a SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) firewall. Plus, you can set URL filters to block objectionable websites. The gateway also has a virtual server, which allows clients from the WAN link to access servers on your internal network like Web and FTP. The gateway has a WDS (Wireless Distribution System) that allows you to extend your wireless network’s range by adding more access points. We tested it using NetIQ’s QCheck between a wired and wireless client for throughput, response time and streaming rate. It gave a throughput of 13.5 Mbps, response time of 4 ms and streaming rate of 915 Kbps at the rate of 1000 Kbps for 20 secs. It showed good resistance to interference as the throughput dropped by only 2 Mbps when a Bluetooth device was introduced.

Bottom line:
Given its rich set of features and performance, the product is well worth the price.

Rupin Vij

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