Edimax BR-6574n review

This is an excellent budget Gigabit router with a simple interface and fast transfer speeds, although not with Edimax's own adaptor.

10 Aug 2009
Our Rating 
4/5
Price when reviewed 
49
inc VAT

Specifications

draft 802.11n, 4x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

We first reviewed Edimax's BR-6574n last year, when it won our Budget Buy award.

It's a Draft-N wireless router that has proven itself as a fast, reliable and inexpensive choice. The setup CD guides you through connecting your router, securing your wireless network and updating the router to its latest firmware. The wizard requires a bit more interaction than some, prompting you to select from a variety of broadband connection types and offering to clone your MAC address, but the process is fairly straightforward.

The web configuration interface is clearly presented, and we were impressed by the detailed explanations of what each option does. The default Service Set Identifier (SSID) is unimaginatively 'default', but it's easy to change via the basic wireless settings screen.

The router has all the features you're likely to need, including support for DDNS and up to 16 static IP addresses for equipment such as printers and NAS devices. The built-in firewall can be tweaked to explicitly block specified computers on your network from accessing websites defined by URL or a keyword. This is useful if you don't want to give your entire family unrestricted access to the web, although dedicated web-filtering software is more comprehensive and easier to configure.

Basic QoS options allow you to limit the bandwidth available to specific computers and applications on your network. However, you have to define all the settings manually, so this feature isn't for the inexperienced.

The BR-6574n achieved impressive Draft-N wireless transfer speeds using our Centrino 2 laptop, with 17.1Mbit/s at 20m and 45.8Mbit/s at 10m. We also tested it with Edimax's EW-7718UN adaptor (£28 including VAT). Unfortunately, transfer speeds using this own-brand wireless adaptor were significantly worse than those achieved using our laptop's built-in Draft-N capabilities.

The BR-6574n is a decent budget router, but it just misses out an award, because Linksys's WRT320N is even faster, especially when it's used with its own-brand adaptor.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Modem type none
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
Draft 802.11n support yes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz support no
MIMO yes
Turbo mode channel-bonding
Stated speed 300Mbit/s

Security

128-bit WEP yes
WPA yes
WPA2 yes
Firewall yes
MAC address filtering yes
DMZ yes

Physical

Size 29x192x115mm
Antennas 3
Internal/external antennas external
Upgradeable antenna yes
Number of WAN ports 1
Ethernet ports 4
Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Other ports none
Wall mountable yes
Power consumption on 5W

Other Features

Dynamic DNS yes
Universal Plug and Play support yes
DHCP server yes
MAC spoofing yes
Port forwarding yes
WDS Support yes
USB device support no
QoS yes

Buying Information

Price £49
Warranty five years RTB
Supplier http://www.pcnextday.co.uk
Details www.edimax.com