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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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Configuring the 802.11g Router

Apparently that first automatic setup screen is all that is necessary to get you up and running, at least with DSL. Much more of an annoyance is the fact that the router needs a mandatory reboot after each and every configuration change. This would not be so bad, except that it takes a teeth-grinding 30-second countdown to reboot. Very annoying when you are trying to test a lot of settings... and since this is PCstats, we tested a lot of settings.

The SSID of the wireless network is hidden by default with the GN-B49GU, so we needed to configure our test clients with the default SSID ('GIGABYTE') to connect. Once we had done that, we were immediately able to connect and access the Internet from our client computers.

All in all, basic setup was easy to accomplish, though the fact that the SSID of the wireless network is hidden initially, may confuse users who are not well versed in wireless networking.

The 'status' screen of the Gigabyte GN-B49GU contains some useful information that is not accessible in many brands of home router, such as the ability to see the Routing and ARP tables. Unfortunately it's also missing a few things, like the ability to quickly see if the router is actually properly connected to the Internet.

We'd prefer to see a status screen with the essential information more easily accessible.

As mentioned, setup was fairly easy to accomplish. Once that was done, we had no problem accessing and sharing the Internet amongst three separate computers. We did experience a couple of unexplained Internet disconnections during testing. The router was definitely the culprit, since yanking the power and replugging fixed the problem each time. Not something you'd want to have to do with your router too often though.

The wireless performance of the GN-B49GU was excellent. Signal strengths were strong at a reasonable distance, and we experienced no unusual delays or dropouts.

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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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