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Like in every other field of high technologies, there are network equipment manufacturers that are neither leaders nor outsiders of the market. They are somewhere in between, just turning out products and making no attempts to differ from the crowd of others. We guess that Edimax is an example of such a firm. Edimax has not been among the first to promote the not-yet-ratified but already highly popular IEEE 802.11n standard. This company has always taken its time to develop a new device. Anyway, we once tested Edimax’s 802.11n wireless connection kit and were left particularly pleased with its wireless router. Today, we are going to take a look at one more router from Edimax which supports Draft N and even has Wi-Fi Alliance certification. Besides, the manufacturer has finally installed a Gigabit Ethernet switch into this device, this kind of Ethernet being the most promising for SOHO network equipment right now.

The router is called BR-6574n. Being a midrange product, it offers just the basic functionality you may require as you can see from the product specs as well as price. And we will show you what this product is from a practical standpoint.

Specification and Accessories

Parameter

Characteristics

Wireless standard

- IEEE 802.11b/g
- IEEE 802.11n (draft)

Encoding standard

- WEP (64/128bit)
- WPA (TKIP, AES)
- WPA2 (TKIP, AES)

Antenna

3 x 3dBi RP-SMA antennas

Signal modulation

OFDM, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK.

Operating frequency

2.412 ~ 2.462GHz (FCC)

Transmit power

- 11n: 16±1dBm
- 11g: 16±1dB
- 11b: 18±1dBm

Receiver sensitivity

- 11n (40MHz): -68dBm
- 11n (20MHz): -71dBm
- 11g: -74dBm
- 11b: -87dBm

Nominal data transfer rate

- 802.11n (draft): up to 300Mbps
- 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
- 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps

Operating channels

11 for North America, 14 Japan,
13 Europe (ETSI), 3 (non-overlapping)

WAN

1 RJ-45 GigabitEthernet 10/100/1000Mb/s 
Auto-MDIX port

LAN

4 RJ-45 GigabitEthernet 10/100/1000Mb/s 
Auto-MDIX ports

Other interfaces

None

Power

External power supply unit

Dimensions

192(L)  x 115(W) x 29(H) mm

Additional features

- WiFi certified
- DoS protection
- WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)

The box contains:

  • Router with three detachable antennas
  • Plastic stand for vertical installation
  • Rubber feet for horizontal installation
  • Quick Installation CD
  • User manual
  • Category 5e Ethernet cable
  • 12V/1A power adapter
 
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