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Billion BiPAC 6200NXL review

Kat Orphanides
31 May 2010
Billion BiPAC 6200NXL
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
75
inc VAT

Fast wireless speeds and loads of features including support for mobile broadband modems make this a versatile router

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Specifications

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

Billion's BiPAC 6200NXL is an Ethernet router with support for USB mobile broadband dongles. This is handy if you require a backup internet connection. 3G support is also handy for those whose workplace has to travel with them. The router has two USB ports, but only three 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet ports.

The setup wizard is built into the router's web interface, where you're first prompted to choose 3G or Ethernet as your primary connection mode. Initial wireless configuration allows you to select your channel, name your network and enable wireless security. It doesn't prompt you to change the router from its default North American wireless channel settings, which are slightly different to those used in Europe - you'll have to do this from the WLAN menu.

The router defaults to channel-bonding mode, with the option to disable this buried in the Advanced settings, along with the options of creating up to four active SSIDs, each of which can be configured with different security settings.

The USB ports can be used to connect hard disks, printers and webcams as well as a 3G modem. Hard disks can be turned into Windows shares using the router's integrated Samba server or shared online via FTP, while the Webcam server allows you to turn a cheap USB webcam into a simple streaming IP camera. An integrated FTP client allows you to download content to an attached disk.

Scheduled URL filtering and feature restrictions let you block domains by keyword or address and restrict Java or ActiveX content from. Numerous DDNS services are supported, as is wake on LAN. There are plenty of remote administration features, including SNMP access control to allow it to be easily monitored by an automated network management system.

Wireless performance is excellent, clocking up transfer speeds of 46.6Mbit/s at 1m, 45Mbit/s at 10m and 27.7Mbit/s at 20m with our Centrino 2 laptop. Speeds were similar or inferior to this using Billion's BiPAC 3010N adaptor (£25 inc VAT).

If you want a router with any kind of USB device support, this is definitely the one to go for. Its massive range of features is suitable for advanced home users, but it's in the home or small office that the BiPAC 6200NXL is most likely to excel. The only major omission is Gigabit Ethernet.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Modem typeCable
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
Draft 802.11n supportyes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz supportno
MIMOyes
Turbo modechannel-bonding
Stated speed300Mbit/s

Security

128-bit WEPyes
WPA2yes
Firewallyes
MAC address filteringyes
DMZyes

Physical

Size25x185x124mm
Antennas2
Internal/external antennasexternal
Upgradeable antennayes
Number of WAN ports2
Ethernet ports4
Ethernet connection speed10/100Mbit/s
Other ports2x USB
Wall mountableyes
Power consumption on7W

Other Features

Dynamic DNSyes
Universal Plug and Play supportyes
DHCP serveryes
MAC spoofingyes
Port forwardingyes
WDS Supportyes
USB device supportyes
QoSyes

Buying Information

Price£75
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplier
Detailswww.billion.uk.com