ZyXEL Intros $250 NBG5715 Dual-Band Wireless Router

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News Posted: Wed, Aug 24 2011 5:18 AM
There's professional grade, consumer grade, and then there's ZyXEL, which seems to strike a balance between the two. The high-end networking company has just revealed their new NBG5715 dual-band wireless router, a "supercharged gateway" that doubles performance by creating two separate, concurrent networks.

This enables consumers to browse the Internet over the standard 2.4 GHz band, while high-bandwidth, low-latency activities, such as streaming Internet movies or playing lag-free games online, can be performed over the 5 GHz band. The router also uniquely features two USB ports to accommodate sharing both a printer and a storage device over the network.

The router is capable of transfer rates up to 450Mbps simultaneously on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. This design offers power users maximum flexibility in planning a high-performance home network, and is also ideal for families with home offices that want separate business and home networks on different frequency bands.  It also includes two built-in NetUSB ports as well as SmartRange technology, which pinpoints wireless clients like laptops and tablets and transmits directly to them. Further enhanced with four Gigabit Ethernet ports, 5 VPN tunnels for home office users and a web interface, the router is certainly no slouch.

ZyXEL's new router is currently available nationwide for $250.
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Wow... that sounds impressive. At that price though I doubt many home users will be buying them especially since it is a relatively unknown brand to the masses. If anyone gets one of these suckers I would like to know how well it works. I am currently using a dual band router in my home and the signal is not great in a few parts of my house. Oddly enough though I can get a connection on the other side of my neighbors house LOL.

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acarzt replied on Wed, Aug 24 2011 8:59 AM

Draco, the 5Ghz band cannot broadcast nearly as far as the 2.4Ghz band. 2.4 can go twice as far. Depending on how your wireless adapter is setup... what is likely happening is staying connected to the 5Ghz radio until it cannot find it anymore and then is switches to 2.4.

That or there could be something metal or dense blocking the signal.

An other thing to take into consideration, omnidirectional antenna are not truly omnidirectional... they may not broadcast as far in all directions... you could try rotating your router and see what effects that has.

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