We tested the router in 2 different configurations. As the router was meant to be used, we used it with one wired computer as well as 2 wireless computers. We went a step further and we connected the router to a 4-port switch and also to 2 wireless computers. First off, we wanted to check if the firewall on this router is really as good as marketing says it is. For this we headed to dslreports.com and used their Port Scan tool ( http://www.dslreports.com/scan) to check for any vulnerability and also a security scan ( http://www.secure-me.net/) to extensive testing of our network's vulnerability. We looked at firewall settings beforehand through the router's web-based management and we didn't see a firewall configuration screen anywhere. When we went through the testing, we noticed that the network connection did not slow down at all. It was just like a direct connection to the modem. Of course I didn't expect any slowdowns. The tests went through successful and the only port that was open was the ftp port, which I enabled so the test was 100% successful.
We then tested the latency between the wireless computers and between the wireless and wired computers. When using the router between the 2 wireless computers, we would get ping rates of fewer than 80 during games and when we didn't use it, it went slightly down to 75, not noticeable in games at all. Between wired and wireless computers was the same thing, no difference at all. But when we compared the results to 2 wires computers, the ping was 10% higher in wireless networks. Not enough to make a difference when the ping is so low anyway.
The router did a good job of what it's supposed to do, make it easy to split IP's between computers and also to make it easy for computers to share files, Internet connection, and printers. The built-in access point has similar performance to the DWL-1000AP which it probably is. We had no problems with configuration at all. The included 40-bit encryption is disabled by default but can be enabled through the setup. With the encryption on, it's very unlikely you're going to have eavesdroppers on your network.
Network speed between computers is great, When testing access speeds across the network with Sandra's Network Benchmark with a Win2k and a Win98SE machine, we hit the standard 9100kB/s and sometimes got to 10668kB/s between the 2 wired computers connected the router through the switch and then 1120-1200 through the wireless computers, equivalent to standard 10Bast-T Ethernet.
Of course we had some problems like we do with all products. Sharing an IP isn't always the greatest thing in the world. We had problems using Net2Phone, which I had with an earier router, here's my quote: "Also, there was another thing that we couldn't do with the router. We were trying to make calls from the Internet to telephones using Net2Phone (IP telephony). Although we could make the calls, we couldn't hear the person we called but they could hear us. This was because we were sending a signal out to their phone using our ISP IP but when they replied and said something back, the data went to the ISP IP expecting to reach a computer but it hit the router instead and the data got "lost". This is a known issue and might not be fixed anytime soon." Other than that issue, we didn't have big problems with standard Internet activity.
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