Firmware and Web-Interface
In this section of our router-related reviews we usually talk about the existing versions and functionality of official and alternative firmware. This time we won’t talk long, though. The TEW-672GR has been released quite recently, and there are no even official firmware updates, let alone alternative firmware, at the time of our writing this. Running a little ahead, we have to acknowledge that the current version of the router’s firmware is far from ideal. It lacks some options that have become a de-facto standard for home routers. We won’t name them here – you’ll see what options are missing shortly.
When you connect to the router via your browser, you will see a Setup Manager.
Like the design of the case, the web-interface of the TEW-672GR is almost the same as that of the TEW-633GR. The gray-blue-white color scheme is appealing and the overall design of the pages is neat and pretty. Every page of the Setup Manager has three sections: a header, a list of pages with settings, and an area in which the contents of the current page are displayed. The header is small and performs no function at all. The settings pages on the left are organized into four groups that are separated graphically from each other. Only one group of settings can be open at any given moment. The other groups collapse automatically. The purpose of each group is intuitive, so even inexperienced users shouldn’t have problems finding a specific option. The pages with settings are also designed properly. They are not overcrowded with options, but all related options can usually be found in one page. Our only gripe is about the lack of a Help system. Of course, you can look for information in the user manual, but built-in information would be handier.
So, there are four groups of settings, the first of which is called Network.
The setup options of this group refer to the router’s network ports.
The WAN Settings page offers WAN port parameters. You can specify the type and parameters of connection to the external network, define the MTU size, and enter the MAC address the router’s WAN port will use for the external network.
The LAN Settings page is for specifying the router’s address on the local network. You can also define parameters of the integrated DHCP server and rules for IP-address reservation.
The DHCP Client List shows a list of addresses currently issued by the DHCP-server.