by June 30, 2004 0 comments

This compact and lightweight router from Net4india is based on the 801.11b standard and is meant for the SOHO segment. It has three switched ports of 10/100 Mbps to connect machines on your local network, and there’s one DSL WAN port. This is a standard RJ45 Ethernet port, so you’ll need to check whether your ISP supports this connectivity. Normally, ISPs offer RJ11-based DSL connections, which is connectivity over standard telephone wire. Like other wireless broadband router it provides roaming throughout your wireless LAN infrastructure. 

It’s a basic wireless router, having 128-bit WEP encryption support, NAT and DHCP. One notable feature we found was a virtual server that allows you to set up application servers for services such as FTP and HTTP based on IP-forwarding and port-forwarding. We ran our standard set of wireless access point tests on this one. It managed to give a throughput of 3.7 Mbps between a wireless node and a wired node, which isn’t as good as found in other routers. Its response time was also slightly higher at 5 ms. It managed to do well in data streaming giving a throughput of 430 Kbps. Plus, its resistance to interference was also pretty good. 

The bottom line: Given the features, the router is slightly over priced.

Neha Shamshery

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