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The last review was very good but I thought I would give one more about the product itself.
After purchasing a laptop it became apparent that I wouldnt want to run a cable from my broadband box to my laptop in order to use the internet especially when this is already plugged into my PC. The next logical step? By a wireless router and i'm assuming that if your are reading this then you will either be in this position or just cant be bothered with having cables all around your house anymore.
As the title says this is a Linksys BEFW11S4 Wireless Access Point Router with 4-Port Switch. Fore this router to work you need to make sure that your broadband has an ETHERNET port otherwise you will need to find another router as you plug your broadband into this router via an ethernet cable in order for it to be able to send out the signal wirelessly,
Aswell as wireless capability it comes with four ports which allows you to connect up to 4 PC's to the router via ethernet cable instead of wireless. This cable would go from the router into the networkd card of your PC.
The router works with IEEE 802.11b so make sure either your laptop is compatible with this protocol before purchasing it otherwise you are wasting your time.
The router has a transfer rate of 11Mbps. Its true there are faster transfer rates out there these days but if generally this is only being used to supply and internet connection to other computers this is more than fast enough. Its downfall would be if you wanted to transfer alot of data between different computers on the network. THe frequency band that this works on is 2.4GHz.
The features that this router has as follows: Provides Roaming, Best Access Point Selection, Load Balancing, and Network Traffic Filtering. Network monitoring, uplink, firewall protection, switching, DMZ port, dynamic IP address assignment , DHCP support, NAT support, load balancing.
It also has an indoor range of 91m and an open space range of 457m. You can set this up aswell to have a password key so that other people cannot gain access to your network and steall the internet than you are paying for, or even worse the files you own and it is very easy to set up.
I have found this router very reliable and nothing but satisfactory.