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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.
 85% Rating:   
Filed under: Networking Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 26 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Wireless encryption and security

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

The 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.

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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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