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Budget Zyxel router doesn't cut corners

Budget Zyxel router doesn't cut corners

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The P-660HW may be at the budget end of Zyxel's fairly extensive range of ADSL 2+ broadband routers, but it doesn't skimp on features.

Supplying everything needed to set up a PC with a wireless broadband connection, its $199 price tag is enticing. There's a built-in firewall, 802.11g networking and a four-port 10/100 Ethernet switch.

And Zyxel didn't cut costs by assembling a flimsy piece of kit. The P-660HW is sturdy and compact -- and it comes with a full complement of nine indicator LEDs.

The integrated firewall supports stateful packet inspection functions while the media bandwidth management function allows prioritising of certain types of network traffic, such as VoIP or Xbox Live. This ensures that phone calls and gaming aren't interrupted or degraded by lower-priority tasks such as BitTorrent downloads or any other transfers that don't rely on being able to maintain consistent frame rates.

The provided setup software is really easy to use.

An animated multimedia tutorial literally talks you through the main functions of the product, how to set it up and the way it should all look when properly connected. Follow the instructions and the wireless adapter will find the router and set up a connection.

Verdict: The P-660HW is a cost-effective way to get a wireless network up and running. Value for money is undeniable.


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