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Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1750 Media Router
At a glance
ProductZyxel Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1750 Media Router (NBG6716)   [Website]
SummaryAC1750 class router with Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports and Qualcomm StreamBoost bandwidth shaping
Pros• Easy CD-less wireless setup
• Gigabit LAN ports
• Hardware radio on/off switch
Cons• No printer sharing on USB ports
• No USB 3.0 ports (has 2 USB 2.0 ports)
• No IPv6 support
• Not Wi-Fi Certified
• Lacks WAN support for PPTP or L2TP WAN connections
• Poor routing performance
• Relatively poor 2.4 GHz performance

Typical Price: $197  Buy From Amazon

Introduction

In this review, we'll be looking at an AC1750 class router from ZyXEL. The name of ZyXEL's NBG6716, "Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1750 HD Media Router", provides a fairly accurate description of the product's capabilities.

Priced at $149, the NBG6716 is ZyXEL's top-of-the-line model. It features two USB 2.0 ports for file sharing, has a built-in DLNA server to stream media content and uses Qualcomm Atheros' StreamBoost technology for bandwidth-shaping to provide jitter-free video content. If you're interested in other ZyXEL routers, the chart below from their website provides a quick comparison of capabilities.

ZyXEL Wireless Router Product Line

ZyXEL Wireless Router Product Line

Product Tour

The NBG6716 is designed to sit vertically. Mounted on its foot, the device cants slightly backwards. If you've read some of my other router reviews, you know that I like devices with plenty of indicators to keep you informed. The chart below summarizes the indicator lights that you'll find in the upper left corner on the front of the router.

ZyXEL NBG 6716 Front Panel Indicators

ZyXEL NBG 6716 Front Panel Indicators

There’s nothing too exceptional about the rear of the router. You have a power port for 12V DC and color coded ports for the gigabit WAN and the four Gigabit LAN ports. There are a couple of features worth pointing out, however. First, there's a power switch. Many routers lack a power switch so if you have to power cycle your router, you have to unplug it.

Looking at the rear, on the right side, there are switches for disabling the wireless capabilities of the router as well as a switch that disables all of the front panel indicators. Should you share your bedroom or living room with the router, the light switch which disables all LEDs is something you might appreciate.

On the left side, you'll find the two USB 2.0 ports that you can use for file/media sharing. For each port, there's an eject button that you use to dismount the USB drive; you don't have to log into the router to dismount a drive.

Zyxel NBG6716 Rear Panel

ZyXEL NBG6716 Rear Panel

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