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Gigabyte GN-B49G 802.11g Wireless Router Review
Gigabyte GN-B49G 802.11g Wireless Router Review  - PCSTATS
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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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Mar 19 2004   M. Dowler  
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Advanced Networking Features

The Gigabyte GN-B49GU is a 802.11g wired/wireless router, supporting 4 wired RJ-45 Ethernet connections and 54mbps of wireless bandwidth via one removable antenna. Like most Internet sharing devices, it uses NAT (Network Address Translation) to allow client computers to access the Internet.

A built-in DHCP server distributes IP addresses to client computers as well.

The GN-B49GU uses a firewall to block uninvited data from the Internet for your peace of mind and security. The firewall implementation is a good deal more flexible than that seen in most home routers, and we will run through it fully a little later in this review. Other security measures include WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol) of up to 152-bit, 802.1x security, WPA (Wireless Protected Access) and MAC address filtering. The SSID (the ID which Identifies your wireless network) is hidden by default, preventing random wireless users from easily connecting to the router.

Gigabyte has added some abilities to the GN-B49GU which give the device excellent flexibility when dealing with a network. It appears that our theory about the GN-B49GU being aimed as much at the small business market as at the home market is correct, because there are some options here that we are just not used to seeing with more basic home routing devices from the likes of Linksys and Dlink for example.

Let's take a look:

First there is the ability for users to assign specific IP addresses to specific computers in your network from the router, while still using the built-in DHCP mode.

The ability to enter up to four separate WAN connections also ranks high on the business-oriented list. The device can be set to automatically attempt to connect to one of these alternate means of Internet access if your primary connection fails which can be handy as a redundancy measure. This would have been more useful if the device came with a modem port, but it's a nice feature nonetheless. A static IP address can be used for the WAN to allow you to bridge internal networks also.

There are options to set static routes (permanent entries to the device's routing table), which is a completely unexpected feature for a 'home' routing device (we'll explain what this is in second) and the ability to allow PPTP, L2TP and IPSEC VPNs through the firewall. The GN-B49G can be set to static rules for the firewall to permanently block or allow certain data in or out of the network. A built in Dynamic DNS compatibility with one of four DDNS providers allows the mapping of DNS address like www.mysite.com to a computer that has a dynamic IP address. Essentially, this lets you host a website on a DSL Internet connection. Pretty exotic for a router.

The GN-B49G has the capability to block access to websites based on either the URL or a keyword (for example 'sex'), and with WDS support, the GN-B49GU can connect to the Gigabyte GN-A17U access point, allowing you to extend the range of your wireless network too. A great feature for business users with large office areas. Lastly, the configuration changes made to the router can be backed up to a file and then restored to the device at a later date; a good feature if you are concerned about power outages resetting the unit.

Gigabyte obviously put a lot of thought into fleshing out this product's features.

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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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