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The final ratification of the IEEE 802.11n standard is the most anticipated event in the near future of wireless networking but the manufacturers of SOHO network equipment began to produce Draft N supporting devices right after the first draft version of the new standard had been released. They thought the draft version would be largely compatible with the final version and they were right. Today, nearly every major maker of SOHO network devices offers at least one wireless router supporting Draft N. LevelOne has also released two Draft N routers recently, for example. The company offers them in two series, N_One and N_Max and we’ve got the WBR-6000 model from the former series for our tests. Although routers with the Gigabit Ethernet interface have become widely available, the WBR-6000 provides Fast Ethernet ports only. However, there are a number of reasons, most importantly the price factor, for many users to prefer a model with a slower network interface.

Let’s see what other benefits, besides lower price, the WBR-6000 can bring to you.

Specifications 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)
- WPS: PIN and PBC support

Antenna

3 x 2dBi dipole antennas

Signal modulation

OFDM, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK.

Operating frequency

- 2.412 ~ 2.462GHz (FCC); 
- 2.412 ~ 2.472GHz (ETSI)

Transmit power

17dBm ~ 20dBm

Receiver sensitivity

- 802.11b: -84dBm @ 11Mpbs
- 802.11g: -73dBm @ 54Mbps
- 802.11n (draft 2.0) : -69dBm

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 FastEthernet 10/100Mb/s 
Auto-MDIX port

LAN

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

Other interfaces

None

Power

External power supply unit

Dimensions

154(L)  x 143(W) x 30(H) mm

Additional features

WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)

The box contains:

  • LevelOne WBR-6000 router
  • Stand for installing the router upright
  • Category 5e Ethernet cable
  • 12V/1A power adapter
  • CD with user manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
 
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