Exterior Design and Internal Configuration
The BR-6574n is very small and can be fitted into any cramped space. It also features a cute exterior design. Edimax uses such design for almost each of its wireless routers, but it is especially good when applied to the compact BR-6574n. The router’s front panel is very original. It looks like a gray band stretched along a curved panel of the case. The single downside in terms of practicality is that the glossy surface of the case is going to make dust and small scratches all too visible.
The router can be placed flat or upright (using the included stand that is designed to match the exterior of the BR-6574n). The stand is fitted into the grooves in the router’s bottom – the fastening is easy and secure. The device looks just as good and stylish with the stand as without it.
The BR-6574n is ventilated passively as many other devices of its class. Cool air comes in through the vent holes in the side panels and the hot air from the router’s components goes out through the top part of the rear panel. Although the vent holes are very small, not even visible from a distance, the router doesn’t heat up much at work. That’s good as Gigabit Ethernet routers are often very hot.
The router’s indicators, connectors and controls are positioned like on any other home device. The front panel offers all the indicators (from left to right):
- Wireless (indicates the activity of the WLAN module)
- WAN (this and the LAN indicators are based on two LEDs. The top LED reports the connection speed while the bottom LED shows the activity of the corresponding port)
- LAN 1-4
Although there are few indicators here, all of them are in the right corner of the front panel. As a result, they are small and very close to each other. The indication is based on ordinary single-color LEDs whose light is transferred to the front panel via light pipes. The indicator windows are all the same shape and labeled nearby. This implementation isn’t quite user-friendly because the labels are hardly visible under poor ambient lighting. On the other hand, not all of the indicators are dual, and the two single indicators have different colors. So, the latter two are easily distinguishable even in darkness while the dual indicators are not as numerous as to confuse you.
The router’s rear panel carries the following connectors and buttons (from left to right):
- Antenna connector (the other two antenna connectors are placed at the same distance from each other as you can see in the picture)
- Power connector
- Reset/WPS button
- Four LAN ports
- WAN port
The connectors are few and don’t need any comments.
We dismantled the router to access its PCB. It was easy: we just unfastened the four screws at the bottom of the case and pulled the top panel up releasing the locks on the side panels.
The router’s PCB fills about the entire space of the case. All of the components including the WLAN module and antenna connectors are soldered right on the PCB. The PCB is high quality, especially the common power rail. The wiring and soldering are neat and tidy.