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This is my first look at an Arris product, so I have no idea whether the admin interface is new or ancient. (The Copyright notice says "2014".) I liked the dual-menu design with the page footer containing direct links to each settings page. Moving through the interface was fast and easy and settings saves were done within seconds, without the full or partial half-minute reboots many other products need.

Arris SBR-AC1900P Home page

Arris SBR-AC1900P Home page

Here's a feature rundown, mostly extracted from browsing through the admin GUI. So there may be omissions.

Routing & Firewall

  • DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, WAN connection types
  • MTU adjust for all connection types
  • IPv6 stateless auto configuration
  • IPv4DHCP server with lease time setting and reservations
  • DHCPv6 server with prefix delegation, start / end address, lease lifetime, stateless DHCPv6 disable
  • Built-in dynamic DNS client for dyndns.com & noip.com
  • IPv4 & IPv6 firewall enables for fragmented IP packet block, port scan detection, IP flood detection

Filtering and Forwarding

  • DMZ host
  • 10 IP range filters to block all internet access
  • 20 MAC address filters to block all internet access
  • 10 outbound port range filters
  • Triggered port forwarding
  • IPv4 & IPv6 static port range forwarding with separate internal and external port settings
  • Schedulable URL blocking
  • Schedulable MAC address based web browsing control
  • Schedulable MAC address based internet access control
  • Automatic up and downlink priority-based QoS

Administration

  • Email alerts and log send
  • Login CAPTCHA (default disabled)
  • Save / restore settings
  • Reset to defaults
  • Reboot
  • Firmware update check (not automatic) and update via browser or downloaded file
  • LED enable / disable (does not affect front LED)

Features not included:

  • VPN server
  • ALG handlers
  • Remote admin access
  • HTTPs admin access
  • Bridged router mode
  • UPnP disable or other controls
  • Traffic meter and alerting

Although the list above may not contain your critical feature, the feature set should handle the simple needs of many users. Parental controls are fairly basic, limited to IP and MAC-based internet access blocking and URL filtering.

The iQoS feature buried in the Advanced menu is worth taking a look at. It's an automatic priority-based system similar to Qualcomm Streamboost knockoffs found in other products. The Network summary bandwidth usage is real-time only, so can't be used to track usage against bandwidth caps.

Arris SBR-AC1900P iQoS Network Summary

Arris SBR-AC1900P iQoS Network Summary

The Device Summary screen shows traffic types detected, with usage and classification. There are also more stats, but with no documentation to explain what they mean. All the stats are nice, but none track total usage over time.

Arris SBR-AC1900P iQoS Device Summary

Arris SBR-AC1900P iQoS Device Summary

The Settings page lets you change application and device category priorities by dragging icons around. Note that when you change priorities and save, all traffic stats reset.

Arris SBR-AC1900P iQoS Settings

Arris SBR-AC1900P iQoS Settings

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