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Wireless Features

By default, the SSIDs of the wireless networks take the form of ZYXELxxxxxx where xxxxxx is the last six digits of the MAC address for the wireless networks. A label on the back of the router also provides the default SSID for each wireless network. The screenshot below shows the top level tabs. I'll provide screenshots of each tabbed menu in the gallery below.

Here's a brief summary of wireless features:

  • WEP, WPA / WPA2 Personal (No Enterprise / RADIUS support)
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support, pushbutton and PIN
  • Wireless access schedule for each band
  • Auto and manual channel set
  • SSID broadcast enable/disable (Per SSID)
  • Enable/disable wireless (Per SSID)
  • Wireless On/Off hardware switch
  • Wireless client isolation (within each SSID)
  • Wireless MAC address filtering (allow or deny based on MAC address)
  • WMM enable/disable (enabled by default if "N" or "AC" networking is selected)
  • 100, 90, 75, 50, 25, 10% transmit power adjust (per band)
  • RTS/CTS threshold, Fragmentation Threshold (Missing are DTIM interval, Data Rate & N Data Rate (MCS) adjusts
  • 3 additional wireless networks (SSIDs) per band, each with its own security.

ZyXEL NGB6716 Wireless Features

ZyXEL NGB6716 Wireless Features

A few things are worth further mention. First, there is no bridging support, either via WDS or client mode. The More AP tab lets you create up to three additional SSIDs (wireless networks) for each of the two bands. The first and second additional SSIDs for each band provide access to LAN resources. Options include enable/disable, hide SSID, allow intra-BSS traffic as well as individual security mode settings. Optionally, you can configure the third additional SSID on each band to be a Guest WLAN. If you click Enable Guest LAN, you can configure a separate IP subnet for the WLAN as well as set the maximum bandwidth available to the guest network. If you don't click Enable Guest LAN, the third SSID is like the other two with access to LAN resources.

Finally, a few bullet points to wrap up this section.

  • If WPS is enabled, your only two security choices are "No Security" or WPA2-PSK for all configured WLANS.
  • The NBG6716 does not support Enterprise wireless security, i.e. you can't authenticate using a RADIUS server.
  • WMM QoS is automatically enabled for "N" or "AC" mode.
  • I tested the WPS push button method to connect my WDTVLive media streaming device. WPS successfully connected the WDTVLive to the network in about 15 seconds.

The gallery has screenshots of various wireless settings screens with additional commentary.

Other Features

While the majority of features match those that are found on other routers, some features deserve a little more discussion. I've included these features is a separate gallery below. Features in the gallery include DHCP, DDNS, Firewall, Content Filtering, StreamBoost, Remote Management and UPnP. I'll discuss USB Media sharing in the storage performance section of the review. For an in-depth look at StreamBoost, check Scott's Does Qualcomm's StreamBoost Really Work?

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