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Seems to work ok. Seems secure enough
on 13 December 2012
A good modem/router for average users.
Pros: Auto detection of your internet settings on set up; wireless broadcast strength can be adjusted; allows day to day scheduling of when wireless broadcast; comes preset with a good password so is secure out of the box; allows instant connection of suitably enabled devices using a button on the front of the modem; parental controls available.
Cons: Did not come with a stand so lies flat (but can be wall mounted) (no screws supplied); auto set up did not work for me first time, had to set up manually but then the auto setup worked when I tried again later; did not come with full instruction book, so had to download it from a website.
I have just received this from my internet service provider as I wanted to convert from a wired connection to a wireless network in preparation to getting a tablet computer and possibly an e book reader. It was quick to set up and has got some good features such as transmitting power reduction and scheduling, but there may be issues with the auto detection of internet settings. Security is good as it comes preset with a random looking password key (which your devices need to connect), but it's recommended to change this anyway. The password to the router itself is obvious and definitely needs changing straight away. It did not come with a stand so has to be laid flat unless you wall mount it. In the box was the router/modem with a separate power supply, a cable to connect to the computer and a cable to go between your phone socket and the router; and a couple of filters for the phone line. The modem has an on/off switch at the back. It was easy to physically set up using the quick set up guide enclosed. Upon launching my internet browser and entering the router URL in the address bar, I was welcomed to the router set up screen and prompted to change the router password which I did. It then prompted for set up wizard or manual set up, I opted for the wizard (best for first time set up) and it prompted me for my internet username and password. It then said it was auto detecting my internet settings, (it may help to switch off your computer firewall temporarily to help this process). It then stated that it could not detect the settings. When I went to manual set up I noticed that it was in fact set correctly (I know this because I have them all written down for events like this). The router is now working fine I have only tried the wireless with my mobile phone so far, the connection seems fine, I have tried it in all the rooms of my smallish house. I think the router is for light users because the word 'lite' appears in the product conformity certificate next to the serial number, that's fine for me because I'm not a gamer and i'm going to be the only internet user in my house. There are some good features: There is a button on the front which allows quick connection for devices which are suitably equipped; It's possible to reduce the transmitter power so you don't have to broadcast your signal around the entire street; it is also possible to schedule the router to switch the wireless broadcast on and off at set times on each day of the week, this may be handy if you need to leave the router switched on all the time but would like to save some energy. It's possible to change the wireless password key in manual set up but it's not obvious unless you are familiar with routers.