By Ki Grinsing
ZyXEL NBG-5715 has a different look than most router in its class. With the stand this product is placed standing vertically at a slight angle like the Asus RT-N56U models, oh no it comes with internal antennas. It should be the same model as Asus RT-N66U with three external antennas.
Front surface has a curve line pattern to beautify this product and is coupled with solid three external antennas. That’s about the look of the model, what about the performance?
- N900 technology (450Mbps concurrent band)
- Gigabit interfaces
- Two USB ports
- Native VPN up to 5 IPSec tunnels
- Ideal for HD media network
High speed wifi
Unless wireless ac, N900 wireless technology today is the fastest by using three spatial data stream to produce three times faster speed than the wireless N standard. Each band delivers the speeds of up to 450Mbps simultaneously. Surely really support wifi network for your multimedia or home theater environment.
Like other routers which are designed for HD media network, the Zyxel NBG-5715 is also embedded with gigabit interfaces for both LAN and WAN Ethernet ports, the fastest wired connection available today for home or business routers. You can utilize these gigabit speeds for hungry bandwidth applications such as streaming HD media, video and voice applications etc.
Two USB Ports
Thank to the routers that include two USB ports that allow you to host both storage and printer concurrently and are accessible across the network. This feature is very essential to support your “work and play” environment, eliminating separate wireless print-server. In this class, you can compare it with Netgear 4500.
This is another feature that is not available on the other home wireless routers, the native VPN that allow you create up to 5 IPSec secure VPN tunneling for remote users. Typically home wireless routers support VPN pass-through – just passing the VPN protocols, this Zyxel NBG-5715 also supports VPN pass-through.
With these main features, you’ll thank to this router’s rich features to support your HD media environment as well as to support your work environment with two USB ports functionality.
Before you make a decision in purchasing one of the available N900 routers in the market, it’s worth of knowing the comparison table below that compares the Zyxel Nbg-5715 N900 Vs Netgear 4500 Vs Tew-692GR N900, just list the main features.
|Zyxel NBG5715 N900||Netgear Wndr4500 N900||Trendnet Tew-692Gr N900|
|Wireless technology||N900 with beam-forming MIMO antenna – three external antennas||N900 internal antennas with high powered radio amplifiers||N900 with
2.4GHz: 3 x 2dBi (internal)
|Ethernet interfaces||4xGigabit LAN & 1xGigabit WAN||4xGigabit LAN & 1xGigabit WAN||4xGigabit LAN & 1xGigabit WAN|
|USB Port||2xports for share storage and printer||2xports for storage and printer – built-in DLNA certified media server||N/A|
|Multiple SSIDs / Guest network||2xSSIDs||Guest network each band / 4SSIDs||4xSSIDs each band / 8xSSIDs|
|VPN support||5xIPSec VPN and VPN pass-through||VPN pass-through||VPN pass-through|
TRENDnet Tew-692gr is the first router with n900 technology commercially released, unfortunately not equipped with additional features such as USB port, thereby reducing the value-added of this product. Compare with others in N900 class router which almost all come with one or two USB ports including Zyxel NBG-5715.