ZyXEL X550N 802.11n Gigabit Wireless Router - X550N

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4.3
Overall Satisfaction
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Value
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Ease of Use
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Performance

I bought this as a replacement for Zyxel 550 extreme. I like my old 550 because it is very solid and stable. The setup was not friendly though but once you passed the setup you've got your self a working router forever. Now to this X-550N: Like any product that Zyxel makes it is also very stable and solid. The menus are very easy step by step kind of setup. This router also has once touch wireless configuration in case you have one of those cards or laptops that support that feature. I never used it before. I like to enter codes and configure the network manually. One thing I should mention though I did not find any signal strength increase from my last upgrade (this may be due to I do not have any N compatible devices. Only B/G). This one supposed to have better coverage and it is not any better than the last Zyxel I used. The obvious difference is the ease of setup menus like I mentioned earlier. It may make a difference if you have Wifi N cards but I can't tell. Overall Zyxel routers are the best I've used sofar. They never lag or clog. At times I have more than 10 computers hooked up and all utilizing the network and the internet heavily and the zyxel routers handle all the load very well. I have used almost every thing else (Major brands from the store) and all failed in about one year strangely one or two months after the expiration of the warranty. Zyxel is the only brand that lasted with me and I only upgraded "just to upgrade". My old one is still working after three year of heavy use. I hope this helps you make a better decision.

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I want to talk about my experience with X550N. And yes, I have a X550 and used it for a year. No trouble at all. The coverage is great that I forced myself to come up a long passphrase for WPA2 setup so my neighbors don't jump on my wireless network. X550N has even better coverage!! Not to mention my desktop downstair gets 280 Mbps speed all the time. My wife upstair uses a high power 802.11g client adapter and gets 48-54 Mbps. Both of us can stream movies from our home NAS server to our computers at the same time. Now that is performance! Another thing to mention is this router come with two IPSEC tunnels. Normally products with this feature will cost you another $100.00 or so. So you can connect to corporate network with VPN. I don't use it, but I recognize the value.

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Solid Router

on 11/29/2008

I bought this as a replacement for Zyxel 550 extreme. I like my old 550 because it is very solid and stable. The setup was not friendly though but once you passed the setup you've got your self a working router forever. Now to this X-550N: Like any product that Zyxel makes it is also very stable and solid. The menus are very easy step by step kind of setup. This router also has once touch wireless configuration in case you have one of those cards or laptops that support that feature. I never used it before. I like to enter codes and configure the network manually. One thing I should mention though I did not find any signal strength increase from my last upgrade (this may be due to I do not have any N compatible devices. Only B/G). This one supposed to have better coverage and it is not any better than the last Zyxel I used. The obvious difference is the ease of setup menus like I mentioned earlier. It may make a difference if you have Wifi N cards but I can't tell. Overall Zyxel routers are the best I've used sofar. They never lag or clog. At times I have more than 10 computers hooked up and all utilizing the network and the internet heavily and the zyxel routers handle all the load very well. I have used almost every thing else (Major brands from the store) and all failed in about one year strangely one or two months after the expiration of the warranty. Zyxel is the only brand that lasted with me and I only upgraded "just to upgrade". My old one is still working after three year of heavy use. I hope this helps you make a better decision. Read More

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by wimaxskyper on 2/5/2009

I want to talk about my experience with X550N. And yes, I have a X550 and used it for a year. No trouble at all. The coverage is great that I forced myself to come up a long passphrase for WPA2 setup so my neighbors don't jump on my wireless network. X550N has even better coverage!! Not to mention my desktop downstair gets 280 Mbps speed all the time. My wife upstair uses a high power 802.11g client adapter and gets 48-54 Mbps. Both of us can stream movies from our home NAS server to our computers at the same time. Now that is performance! Another thing to mention is this router come with two IPSEC tunnels. Normally products with this feature will cost you another $100.00 or so. So you can connect to corporate network with VPN. I don't use it, but I recognize the value. Read More

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Product Overview

Superior Wireless Performance and Dead Spot-Free Coverage

Building on the legacy of the highly popular X550 router, the X550N is the perfect solution for home and SOHO users who need the latest wireless N technology as well as the versatility to handle all of their networking needs at the connection speed even faster than X550. Using advanced MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) Smart Antenna technology, the X550N can locate, pinpoint, and deploy the most efficient method of transmitting and receiving radio signals. Our state-of-the-art Multimedia Bandwidth Management (MBM) QoS engine is latest industry-leading technology for intelligent traffic prioritization. The on-board MBM serves as a virtual traffic cop, automatically identifying and managing which application should receive priority over others. This powerful feature significantly improves the efficiency of the broadband connection.

  • The latest wireless N technology provides up to 300 Mbps data rate.
  • State of the art MBM QoS engine for superior online gaming, VoIP experience
  • Built-in gigabit Ethernet ports provides incredible wired performance
  • MIMO technology provides the ultimate solution for speed and coverage
  • Energy saving wireless scheduling feature turns radio off when not needed.
  • 2 IPSec VPN tunnels for secure data transfer between remote sites and central sever
  • One button wireless encryption setup with WPS.

    Advantages

    Faster Connection Speed & Superior Coverage
    The ZyXEL X550N 802.11n Wireless Broadband Router featuring 802.11n Technology and high-power design provides the ultimate solution for speed and coverage. With data rate up to 300 Mbps, the wireless network has never been this fast before. X550N provides stable and reliable wireless connections for high speed data and multimedia delivery. The X550N eliminates dead zones and extend coverage by using coming IEEE 802.11n technology and backwards compatible with any IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi certified device.

    Media Bandwidth Management
    With ZyXEL's exclusive Media Bandwidth Management v2 (MBM v2™), the X550N provides the most comprehensive way to manage the bandwidth. By automatically prioritizing traffic from different applications, this QoS engine provides superior online gaming, Internet phone call and surfing experience.

    Energy Saving Wireless Scheduler
    In order to save power and reduce wireless radiation when you are not using the wireless connection, the X550N can be configured to turn on or off according to your wireless usage pattern.

    VPN (Virtual Private Network) Connection
    The X550N has built-in IPSec VPN suitable for remote site to central server deployment. Data encryption over the Internet ensures secure transmission between two sites, eliminating the necessity for expensive leased lines, and enabling global interconnectivity at a minimal expense.
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Zyxel
    Mfg Part# X550N
    SKU 208079555
    UPC 760559112110
    UPC 14 00760559112110
    Tech Specs
    Max. 22 dBm Tx power
    802.11n Wireless
    5 port Gigabit Ethernet for WAN and LAN
    MBM v2 QoS engine
    Wireless Scheduler
    SPI Firewall
    DMZ
    2 IPSec VPN
    WPA/WPA2
    WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)
    DHCP Server/Client
    SIP ALG
    UPnP
    VPN passthrough
    Dynamic DNS (4 Services)
    Connection Type: PPPoE, PPTP, DHCP, Static IP
    Log and Statistics
    Hardware Specifications
    LAN: Four 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet, full duplex RJ45 connector with auto MDI/MDIX support
    WAN: One 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet, full duplex RJ45 connector with auto MDI/MDIX support
    Power: 18VDC 1.0A
    Three 2dBi external detachable dipole antennas
    Physical Specification
    Dimensions: 7.5 (W) x 5.3 (D) x 1.3 (H) inches
    Weight: 0.8 Ib
    Environmental Specification
    Operation Temperature: 32°F ~ 104°F
    Operation Humidity: 20% ~ 85%
    Storage Temperature: -4°F ~ 140°F
    Storage Humidity: 20% ~ 90%
    Certification
    Safety: CSA international
    EMI: CE, FCC part 15B
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