Linksys - BEFW11S4 Cable/DSL Wireless Router - BEFW11S4

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4.4
Overall Satisfaction
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Value
4.4
Ease of Use
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Performance

I purchased a wireless network (router, pci interface, and several cards) for my home. The system is ok, but missed my expectations in one major area: RANGE!! The unit fails to reach 100 feet, but covers most of the house if it is installed in the center of the home! I had expected to be able to use this outside on my front porch, but the range just isn't there. Signals are easily blocked by your body, requiring you to move your favorite chair to get connected. The speed is acceptable, however the installation process on my CD was badly botched and required a call to tech support so that the appropriate files could be identified and moved by hand to the locations where windows would actually find them. Every installation also requires fixing the default configuration for the cards to select the proper type of network. This should have been done by setup, and was probably another oversite on the CD. My house is very open, and the wireless interface had to be installed on the second floor overlooking the totally open first floor, only going through one wall. With this arrangement, I get a range of about 45 feet. I have heard that other wireless products actually exhibit ranges of up to 1000 feet, but so far I haven't found any. The potential buyer should check out the range specifications carefully before you drop $1000 for a bunch of hardware that offers somewhat marginal performance. As usual with Linksys, the support is good and the products physical quality is high. They just don't know much about RF!!

-umina@theuminas.com quote

I found installation, particularly software setup, to be difficult. I, too, had a problem with the installation CD, but I was able to work around it. Documentation that comes with the unit is only fair. Lynksys technical support by phone was worthless. I finally had a technician from CompUSA install the unit. But it does work. I have two hardwired PCs that operate at 10/100 NIC speeds expected with a cable modem connection. The wirelessly connected laptops operate at speeds that vary with <br><br>1) the number of walls between the laptop and the router, and <br><br>2) overall distance from the router. <br><br>One laptop is downstairs and two rooms away (~50 feet straightline and through three walls and a ceiling) and it consistently connects at 2MBPS. That is below the max of 11MBPS, but it's still four times faster than a good dialup connection. I also found that antenna placement/positioning signifncantly affects signal strength on the wirelessly connected laptops. Antenna placement will be optimalized for one location while decreasing speed performance for anothers. I wish it could maintain really fast connections over more distance.

-Dennis quote

Short Range Applications Only

by umina@theuminas.com on 11/12/2001

I purchased a wireless network (router, pci interface, and several cards) for my home. The system is ok, but missed my expectations in one major area: RANGE!! The unit fails to reach 100 feet, but covers most of the house if it is installed in the center of the home! I had expected to be able to use this outside on my front porch, but the range just isn't there. Signals are easily blocked by your body, requiring you to move your favorite chair to get connected. The speed is acceptable, however the installation process on my CD was badly botched and required a call to tech support so that the appropriate files could be identified and moved by hand to the locations where windows would actually find them. Every installation also requires fixing the default configuration for the cards to select the proper type of network. This should have been done by setup, and was probably another oversite on the CD. My house is very open, and the wireless interface had to be installed on the second floor overlooking the totally open first floor, only going through one wall. With this arrangement, I get a range of about 45 feet. I have heard that other wireless products actually exhibit ranges of up to 1000 feet, but so far I haven't found any. The potential buyer should check out the range specifications carefully before you drop $1000 for a bunch of hardware that offers somewhat marginal performance. As usual with Linksys, the support is good and the products physical quality is high. They just don't know much about RF!! Read More

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It's difficult to install, but it works.

by Dennis on 12/3/2001

I found installation, particularly software setup, to be difficult. I, too, had a problem with the installation CD, but I was able to work around it. Documentation that comes with the unit is only fair. Lynksys technical support by phone was worthless. I finally had a technician from CompUSA install the unit. But it does work. I have two hardwired PCs that operate at 10/100 NIC speeds expected with a cable modem connection. The wirelessly connected laptops operate at speeds that vary with <br><br>1) the number of walls between the laptop and the router, and <br><br>2) overall distance from the router. <br><br>One laptop is downstairs and two rooms away (~50 feet straightline and through three walls and a ceiling) and it consistently connects at 2MBPS. That is below the max of 11MBPS, but it's still four times faster than a good dialup connection. I also found that antenna placement/positioning signifncantly affects signal strength on the wirelessly connected laptops. Antenna placement will be optimalized for one location while decreasing speed performance for anothers. I wish it could maintain really fast connections over more distance. Read More

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Product Overview

The EtherFast® Wireless AP + Cable/DSL Router w/4-Port Switch provides the ideal solution for connecting your wireless network to a high-speed broadband Internet connection and a 10/100 Fast Ethernet backbone. Configurable as a DHCP server for your existing network, the EtherFast® Wireless AP + Cable/DSL Router w/4-Port Switch acts as the only externally recognized Internet gateway on your local area network (LAN) and serve as an Internet NAT firewall against unwanted outside intruders. The Router can also be configured to filter internal users’ access to the Internet.

A typical router may have to rely on an external hub or switch to share its Internet connection, but the Linksys EtherFast® Wireless AP + Cable/DSL Router channels this connection through the blazing, full duplex speed of its built-in EtherFast® 10/100 4-Port Switch. This cutting-edge combination of wireless router and switch technology eliminates the need to buy an additional hub or switch and extends the range of your wireless network. Now your entire wireless network can enjoy blazing broadband Internet connections supported by its robust switched back-bone. With the dual-function speed and power of the EtherFast® Wireless AP + Cable/DSL Router w/4-Port Switch, your network will take off at speeds faster than you ever imagined possible.

Specifications

Manufacturer Linksys
Mfg Part# BEFW11S4
SKU 10273558
UPC 745883549948
UPC 14 00745883549948
Features
Device Type - Router
Form Factor - External
Switching Protocol - Ethernet
Power - AC 120 V ( 60 Hz )
Weight - 1.3 lbs
Data Transfer Rate - 100 Mbps
Data Link Protocol - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Warranty - 1 year warranty
Localization - English
System Requirements - Microsoft Windows 95/98, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP
Network / Transport Protocol - TCP/IP, PPTP
Connectivity Technology - Wireless, cable
Features - Network monitoring, uplink, switching, 128-bit encryption, IP-routing, DHCP support, 128-bit WEP, manageable
Compliant Standards - IEEE 802.3-LAN, IEEE 802.3U-LAN, IEEE 802.11b-LAN, Universal Plug and Play
Dimensions (WxDxH) - 7.3 in x 6.1 in x 2.5 in
Tech Specs
Switching Protocol - Ethernet
Connectivity Technology - Wireless, cable
Power Supply / Device - Power adapter - external
Device Type - Router
Enclosure Color - Black, blue
Depth - 6.1 in
Voltage Required - AC 110/220 V ± 10% ( 50/60 Hz )
Weight - 1.3 lbs
Data Transfer Rate - 100 Mbps
Max Operating Temperature - 104 °F
Software Included - Drivers & Utilities
Humidity Range Operating - 10 - 85%
Min Operating Temperature - 32 °F
Service / Support - 1 year warranty
Compliant Standards - EPA Energy Star
Min Operating System - Microsoft Windows 95/98, Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
Features - Network monitoring, uplink, switching, 128-bit encryption, IP-routing, DHCP support, 128-bit WEP, manageable
Compliant Standards - IEEE 802.3-LAN, IEEE 802.3U-LAN, IEEE 802.11b-LAN
Data Link Protocol - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Width - 7.3 in
Max Range Indoors / Outdoors - 300 ft / 1500 ft
Cable(s) included - 2 x antenna adapter
Rack Mounting Kit - Not available
Form Factor - External
Port(s) Total (Free) / Connector Type - 4 ( 4 ) x network Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX / RJ-45 female - 4 ¦ 1 ( 1 ) x network host Ethernet 10Base-T / RJ-45 female - 1 ¦ 1 ( 1 ) x modem Ethernet 10Base-T / RJ-45 female - 1 ¦ 1 ( 1 ) x network Radio-Ethernet
Network / Transport Protocol - TCP/IP, PPTP
Peripheral / Interface Devices - CD-ROM, network adapter
Localization - English
Status Indicators - Link activity, collision status, power, link OK, test mode, port partition
Height - 2.5 in
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