by August 1, 2009 0 comments



Today, many organizations provide notebooks or other Internet surfing devices
to their employees to enhance productivity. Now to sustain a wireless network
that can support these devices, one should choose wireless routers carefully. We
have tested and compared three wireless routers. Besides checking their
features, we also tested the routers using ‘Qcheck 3.0’ and transferred 50 MB
data through them.

Air Live WL-1600GL
Features that make this 802.11 g router worth its price include Wi-Fi
Protection setup or WPS that allows a single button push secure wireless
connection. WPS is a standard created by Wi-Fi alliance to create secure
wireless connection, and WL-1600GL comes with ‘WPS’ button to use this feature.
Besides wireless capability, this router also comes with four LAN ports and one
WAN port. Setting up this router is easy and it comes with a standard wizard
based setup feature. Security features of this router include URL filter,
protection gainst denial of service and Firewall. One can set up secure wireless
connection with WEP and WPA/WPA2 based encryption.

Price: Rs 3,500 (1 year warranty)
Key Specs: WPS, WPA/ WPA2, WEP, 802.11 b/g
Contact: Airlive
Tel: 4218823
Email:
rgv_india@rgvtelecom.com

SMS Buy 130887 to 56677

To check performance of this router, we carried out couple of tests. First we
checked TCP throughput using ‘Qcheck 3.0’ with a payload of 1000 Mb. It gave 10
Mbps which is very low when compared with a similar G based router -D-Link
DIR-300 (reviewed in Jan ’09). To test speed of transformation, we created an
isolated network with WL-1600GL connected to two machine, one via Ethernet and
other via a wireless connection. We then transferred 50 Mb of data from one
machine to other. It took an average of 58 seconds to complete this data
transfer which is 19 seconds more than what DIR-300 took.

Bottomline: It’s still based on G standard when every body is looking
for the N standard,thus limiting usage.

Linksys SimultaneousDual-N WRT610N
Besides good looks and compact body, this router also has features that make
it worth the price. Features that stand out in this 802.11n (draft)
standard-based router include MIMO (Multiple in, Multiple Out) technology that
multiplies effective data transfer rate by overlaying signals of multiple
radios, USB 2.0 port for attaching external storage on the network, four Gigabit
Ethernet ports, built in Media server that can be accessed from anywhere on the
Internet, and single button protecting your wireless connection (Wi-Fi Protected
Access). As security feature, WRT610N comes with built-in firewall (SPI) and
supports WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption. Installation is simple with standard
browser-based interface. All these capabilities make this router worthy if you
are working with media centric applications like video streaming, VoIP etc.

Price: Rs 10,999 (1 year warranty)
Key Specs: Draft 802.11n, WEP,WPA.WPA2,USB 2.0,4 Gigabyte Ethernet
Ports
Contact: Cisco
Tel: 9820429532
Email: jdabrai@cisco.com
SMS Buy 130888 to 56677

To check performance of this router, we again carried out two tests. First we
checked TCP throughput using ‘Qcheck 3.0’, with a payload of 1000 Mb, it gave 15
Mbps which is lower than Edimax BR6524n router (reviewee in Feb ’09). To check
speed of transformation, we created an isolated network (G) with WRT610N
connected to two machines one via Ethernet and other via wireless connection.
Then we transferred 50 Mb of data from one machine to the other. It took on
average 40 seconds to complete this data transfer.

Bottomline: With ‘draft-n’ capability, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0
port, this router is high on performance and features making it a good buy.

Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G2
This is another g-based router. Features include a single button push secure
wireless network setup (WPS) and four Ethernet ports supporting auto crossover
for security, WRT54G2 comes with inbuilt Stateful Packet Inspection (SIP)
firewall, WEP, WPA2, and MAC filtering. Setting up this router is easy, from its
standard browser based interface.

Price: Rs 3,199
Key Specs: WEP,WPA2, WPS, no external antennas, 4 Ethernet ports
Contact: Cisco
Tel: 9820429532
Email: jdabrai@cisco.com
SMS Buy 130889 to 56677

TCP throughput using ‘Qcheck 3.0’ with a payload of 1000 Mb, was18 Mbps which
is the highest among all three routers. In 50 Mb data transfer test, WRT5462 was
able to transfer data in 35 seconds which is again the highest among the lot
even though isolated network for our test was g-based. Overall, this router is
high on performance.

Bottomline: If you want to buy a wireless router for basic Internet
usage go for this.

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