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The best futureproof router available.,
This review is from: Billion BiPAC 7800DXL Triple WAN Dual Band Wireless N Gigabit ADSL2+/Fibre 3G/4G LTE Broadband Router with USB Port (Accessory)
Get this instead of the 7800N, why? It's only £20 more and you get a new broadcom chipset, and dual band.
Guest networks, simultaneous dual band, more settings than you can shake a stick at, 3G connectivity, a rock solid internet connection. What more could you ask for?
Sure, this doesn't have the new AC band specification, but nor do most computers and frankly, N is more than adequate as is a wired LAN connection. It will be a good few years before AC is commonly available.
It's not a stylish device to look at but with excellent venting its functional and keeps cool.
What's so great about this machine?
1) All the connectivity options you need.
It has an ADSL modem built in so if you use a BT type phone line, this is for you. In addition, it will also work with cable/fibre broadband, so if you have a phone line and are planning to change to fibre at some point, you can continue to use this router. If you need to use a 3G mobile network dongle, yep, it will work with that too. There's a USB port in the back which can connect a printer, 3G dongle or hard drive to which can all be shared on the network.
2) Rock solid connection.
My old routers suffered constant wireless disconnections and stale ADSL connections that needed regular router resets. The 7800N has a reputation for rock solid stability (and simply one of the best rated routers on Amazon), the DXL is no different. It's solid, the DSL line holds and I haven't had a single wireless problem. All devices can connect at all times.
3) Dual band.
A key feature. Dual band means the DXL acts as two independent wireless networks. One operates on the commonly used and crowded 2.4g band, while the other is 5g. If you scan the wireless networks available for your ipad or laptop, you'll see them as two separate networks and you can connect to either. We mostly use the 5g band since no-one else in our apartment complex uses it (so prone to less interference and overcrowding). Range is good on both.
4) Loads of settings.
There are hundreds of settings, most of which I don't understand and are better left alone, but if you need ultimate control over how the router works, there are more than enough. You can throttle the upload/download bandwidth for each computer, for example. Or regulate who and when can connect to the network on a time schedule.
5) Guest network
Excellent feature, you can set up a couple of guest networks which are separate to the internal workgroup. Any device connecting to the guest network gets internet access, but not access to your shared network files and stuff.
Fab router. If you have a router which cuts out, drops connections, bad wireless, then consider upgrading to the 7800dxl. It's pricey but with the frustration saved, worth every penny. You pay for what you get.
#### Update...2 months on, I haven't had a single wireless dropout or internet disconnect. This router hasn't been reset not even once since I set it up. Incredible!!
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2013 22:36:35 GMT
Mrs. L. J. Martin says:
Posted on 27 Feb 2014 11:18:49 GMT
Mr. D. Palmer says:
Thanks for this. Can you please tell me if the unit is wall mountable?
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2014 21:12:48 GMT
Bobbo Bear says:
it's wall mountable vertically or horizontally
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