Been using D-Link N150 DSL2730U router for some time. Then thought to go for a change over to better. Searched online, searched physical stores and finally stopped at ZyXEL 418n with 300 Mbps speed, 5 dBi frequency and INR 1900 + Tax. Looked fine.
|WAN Interface||: One port, 10/100 Mbps Auto MDI/MDIX|
|LAN Interface||: Four port switch, 10/100 Mbps Auto MDI/MDIX|
|Wireless Data Transmit||: up to 300 Mbps|
|Transfer Rate||: Receive- up to 300 Mbps|
|Antenna||: Two 5 dBi fixed antennas|
|Buttons||: WPS and Reset buttons|
|Status LED Indicator||: Power, LAN, WAN, WLAN, WPS|
|Power Supply||: 5v DC, 1A|
|Power Consumption||: 4 watt max.|
|Dimension||: 6.38 inch w/ 4.53 inch d/ 1.3 inch h|
|Weight||: 230 grams|
|System Requirement||: Broadband Internet Service device (DSL/ Cable modem). Any Internet browser above Internet explorer 6.0.|
- Wireless router
- Power adapter
- Ethernet cable
- Quick start guide
- Support CD
- Warranty Card
- Transmission speed – 300 Mbps
- Antenna frequency – 5 dBi (decibels-isotropic)
- Reasonable price – 1900 INR
- Easy configuration
- No disconnection for 5 – 7 hours continuous connection (obviously, my data connection was alive too)
- No power off button
- Requires some free space for beaming without obstacles nearby (like monitor, etc)
Testing & Observation
Well, as pointed in the highlights; configuration was really easy. For newbie or non-techie person, the support CD might help. But you can get access to the user interface by 192.168.1.2 and then username as ‘admin‘ and default password is ‘1234‘. To set password for Wi-Fi, go to Wireless LAN under Network navigation menu on the left and key-in your favorite password in ‘Pre-Shared Key‘ textbox and click ‘Apply‘. That’s done. For better receptivity, keep the two antennas in ‘Y’ shape non-parallel (didn’t get this point, why it so!).
As far as the speed is concerned, it rendered 144 Mbps, pinging without any data loss and data download up to 3.55 Mbps but these numerals really works when our internet DSL connection goes hand-in hand, no bottle neck situation. I tested with 512 Kbps bandwidth with 2 Mbps connection speed (a happy speed deal when you’re in India). Connecting with higher bandwidth data connection proved better result in speed and streaming; bad of me that I couldn’t make out for testing and their screenshots. Anyways, you need not to worry all about these. This router, ZyXel NBG 418n is works fine without any hitches.
Connected with laptop, Apple iPhone 4s and Samsung Jelly bean Android mobile phones proved its speed and the upload as well as download (watching streaming video) ability.
In the above screenshot series,
- Top most: ~6 feet away same room. 82% strength
- Second one: ~15 feet away with a wall in-between. Direct drop to 42%
- The last: ~30 feet in a closed room 2 walls in-between. Receptivity was fluctuating from 34% – 38%
Though the Wi-Fi antenna gain was low at 34% – 38%, audio streaming (gaana.com) was smooth without buffering. It’s due to the dual antenna and its beaming at 5 dBi. Also, the extremes of antenna gain was about -21 dBm to -80 dBm (lower is better).
Point I noted
Well, this is it for now. Do let me know your experience with your routers you have used. I would be interested to test them too…
Thanks for reading,