The AirCruiser GN-BC01 supports both
64-bit/128-bit WEP and WPA wireless encryption methods for security.
MAC address control can be
implemented to allow only certain wireless adaptors to connect, and the SSID of
the wireless network can be hidden. All of these controls are easily set
through the 'wireless network' menu section.
URL Blocking and VPNs
built in URL blocking feature worked fairly well and was easy to use. It allows
you to block specific addresses, or by a keyword like 'naughty.' As a test we
blocked out the keyword 'NBA.'
As you would expect, we were unable to access
either the NBA site or any NBA team sites, and the basketball section of the
major sports websites were off limits to us as well. We could sneak in the back
door with the sports sections of some newspaper sites, since the blocking
applies only to the URL (address line) and not the contents of the site. A great
feature for parents or concerned owners.
The VPN pass through function of the Gigabyte
AirCruiser GN-BC01 worked well, as we experienced no problem in configuring
PPTP and L2TP Virtual private networks to pass through the router's firewall.
Simply entering the internal IP address of the computer to receive VPN traffic
on the router and entering the router's address on the external computer
sufficed. Note that only a single computer can be configured as the
source/recipient of these encrypted connections.