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
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, 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.