|SMC Barricade g High-Powered 2.4GHz 54Mbps Wireless Broadband Router with USB Print Server|
|Summary||PRISM-based 802.11g wireless SPI router with USB print server|
|Pros||• Supports WPA
• Supports 802.1x
• Integrated USB print server
|Cons||• Documentation and online help could be more helpful
• Some features hard to configure
The SMC2804WBRP-G is part of SMC's Barricade g line and has nearly all of the features we've come to expect (and demand) from wireless gateway / routers. SMC tries to stand apart from a crowded field by using three things: Their name and reputation for a solid product, a built-in USB port that supports a print server, and a free copy of Zone Alarm Pro.
The SMC shares a broadband Internet connection with multiple computers and provides wireless clients with WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access)-secured access. WPA improves on WEP and virtually eliminates the security concerns early wireless had with hack-prone WEP connections.
The router also features MAC address filtering, which adds an additional layer of security by restricting wireless access to clients based on their wireless adapter's hardware address.
Starting with the front of the SMC2804WBRP-G, there are two sets of LEDs, for power, WAN speed and connection and WLAN connection / activity. The LAN LEDs also show LAN connection speed and activity.
At the rear are the four 10/100 LAN ports, USB printer port, WAN port, reset button, and power jack. The unit also comes with two jointed dipole antennas that are connected using two RP-TNC style connectors.
Inside the box, along with the Wireless Barricade g Broadband Router is a power adapter, CAT-5 Ethernet cable, four rubber feet, an installation CD containing an Adobe Acrobat version of the User Guide and SMC's EZ 3-Click Installation Wizard and a fold-out Quick Installation Guide. There is no mounting hardware, but there are two slots on the underside for sliding in and locking into place two screw heads.
For those of you interested in what's under the hood, the router's processor is the ADM5120 Home Gateway controller and it uses Arcadyan's WN4401A miniPCI Card radio which is based on Conexant's PRISM 11g chipset.