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Gigabyte GN-B49G 802.11g Wireless Router Review

Gigabyte GN-B49G 802.11g Wireless Router Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: the Gigabyte GN-B49GU is a lot more than just a home Internet sharing device. It contains a multitude of extra features that would appear to be of considerable use in a SOHO environment.
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Filed under: Networking Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Mar 19 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Out of the box

The Gigabyte GN-B49GU ships with the power adaptor (fairly small) an Ethernet patch cable and a mounting bracket which can also be used to stand the router on end. A printed manual is included, but no CD, as the configuration software for the router resides inside the device itself.

The GN-B49GU itself is very unobtrusive and professional in appearance and plain white. It's identical to its sister device, Gigabyte's GN-A17GU Access point with the exception of a smaller, more flexible removable antennae.

Four Ethernet LAN ports and a WAN port for connecting to your cable or DSL modem run down the side of the device. LEDs for power, WAN and wireless LAN connections, as well as a single LED for each Ethernet port sit discretely on one side of the device's top.

The manual, though covering every function, proved to be rather poorly written... or at least poorly translated. This is an unfortunate feature for such a complicated device, and we were initially left scratching our heads at how to use some of the features of the GN-B49GU.

Installation and setup

The manual for the Gigabyte GN-B49GU requires that all computers should be set up to 'receive IP addresses automatically' and gives detailed instructions on how to do this on a variety of Windows versions. This is not an actual requirement for use of the device, but is done to assure that all computers initially have an IP address assigned by the router so they can communicate with it.

We tested the GN-B49GU with a DSL connection, and as soon as we had our test machine plugged into the router we opened up Internet Explorer. We were expecting to have to enter the IP address of the router in order to configure it, as is normal with these devices. Imagine our surprise when IE opened up to a screen informing us that the GN-B49GU had detected a PPPOE (Point-to-Point Protocol Over Ethernet, the protocol that DSL uses) connection, and prompted us for our username and password! Impressive, and a very nice touch indeed!

Once we entered the information, the router rebooted itself and instructed us to steer IE to 192.168.1.254 to configure it.

Entering that IP address brought us to the rather pleasant looking main screen.

The software seemed to have a few rough edges though. Both the 'smart setup' and the 'setup wizard' simply made us enter our DSL information aga

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GN-B49G
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GN-B49G 802.11g Wireless Router Review
 Pg 2.  Advanced Networking Features
 Pg 3.  — Out of the box
 Pg 4.  Configuring the 802.11g Router
 Pg 5.  Wireless Security systems and control
 Pg 6.  URL Blocking and Further Controls
 Pg 7.  Wireless Networking Test Suite

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