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Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Router

Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Router - PCSTATS
Abstract: his device incorporates a fully wireless home router/Internet sharing device onto a PCI card which you install directly into your desktop.
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Filed under: Networking Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 26 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Technical features and more...

The AirCruiser GN-BC01 uses a hardware firewall to block uninvited data from the Internet and preserve your peace of mind and security. We'll look at the firewall implementation in more detail later in this review. Other security measures include WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol) of up to 128-bit, 802.1x RADIUS, WPA (Wireless Protected Access) and MAC address filtering. The SSID (the ID which Identifies your wireless network) can be concealed, preventing random wireless users from easily connecting to your network. VPN passthrough to a single computer is also supported.

As we've seen in previous routers from the company, Gigabyte has a good habit of adding features and capabilities to their products that you wouldn't normally expect to see in a home router. As a good example, the AirCruiser GN-BC01 can be used to set up static routes (permanent entries to the device's routing table), which is a completely unexpected feature for a 'home' routing device. This means the card can be used as an actual router to separate two networks, not just as a 'dumb' Internet sharing device. Built in Dynamic DNS compatibility with one of four DDNS providers allows the mapping of DNS address like www.pcstats.com to a computer that has a dynamic IP address. Essentially, this lets you host a website on a DSL Internet connection.

The AirCruiser GN-BC01 also has the capability of blocking access to websites based on either the URL or a keyword (for example 'sex'). WDS support is included, meaning the AirCruiser GN-BC01 can connect to other Gigabyte access points, allowing you to extend the range of your wireless network. This is a great feature for business users with large office areas. Lastly, the configuration changes made to the router can be backed up to a file and then restored to the device at a later date; a good feature if you are concerned about power outages resetting the unit.

As an internal PCI device, the AirCruiser GN-BC01 draws its power from the PCI bus and does not require an external power adaptor. When the computer is off, the router draws standby power from the PCI bus if the motherboard is capable of delivering it. Otherwise, the AirCruiser GN-BC01 ships with a pair of power adaptors (for ATX 20 and 24 pin) that connect between the powersupply and the motherboard and add a small cable to provide standby power to the card. In this way, the computer does not need to be powered up for the router to operate.

Out of the box

The Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 ships with the dipole antenna, a small Ethernet patch cable and a pair of power adaptors for providing the necessary standby power to the card. A printed quickstart guide is included along with a CD containing guides and a full manual. The configuration software for the AirCruiser GN-BC01 resides inside the device itself.

The AirCruiser GN-BC01 is a small PCI card, so you will have no trouble installing it into your system provided you have a free PCI slot available. The outside face of the card features two 10/100 Ethernet ports, one facing outwards to your Internet or WAN connection and one inwards to the host computer or network switch. The antenna screws into place with a meter or so of cable, so it can be placed on the top or side of the case. The only other features are a hard reset button which can be used to restore the AirCruiser GN-BC01 to its original settings, and status LEDs for each Ethernet port and a master status LED which indicates the current disposition of the router.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GN-BC01
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Router
 Pg 2.  — Technical features and more...
 Pg 3.  Antenna with a blue light
 Pg 4.  Configuring the AirCruiser GN-BC01
 Pg 5.  Wireless encryption and security
 Pg 6.  Wireless Networking performance tests

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