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ZyXel P-660HN-F1Z review

Kat Orphanides
10 Aug 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
60
inc VAT

The inexpensive P-660HN-F1Z might be rather daunting for novice users, but it has a powerful range of features for small businesses.

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Specifications

draft 802.11n, 4x 10/100 Ethernet ports

Zyxel's P-660HN-F1Z has a range of clever features, some of which make it well suited for use in a small office as well as a home.

One of the standout features is the WPS button that doubles as a physical off switch for the wireless network. This saves 2W of power, and is a handy way to prevent wireless access when you're out of the office or on holiday, for example. You can also schedule the times that the wireless network is on.

The setup disc includes a wizard that can automatically locate and configure the router. When you first enter the admin password you're prompted to change it and update the router's default SSL authentication certificate with one customised for your device. This can then be used to authenticate wireless clients, but most home users won't need this kind of security. You can then use either a simple wizard or the full advanced interface to configure your security settings. Advanced mode is better as the wizard presents only a limited range of channels and settings.

As well as common features such as WMM wireless traffic prioritisation, keyword-based website blocking and DDNS, the router has other options we're more used to seeing on business devices. These include certificate creation and management, a command-line Telnet interface, a packet-filtering firewallthat can be controlled in precise and slightly terrifying detail, support for management via SNMP and comprehensive support for static routing and VLANs.

We tested the router with Zyxel's NWD271N wireless adaptor. It performed poorly, with speeds as low at 38.7Mbit/s even at a distance of 1m. At 10m it could only manage 24Mbit/s and it failed to connect at 20m. Fortunately, tests with a Centrino 2 laptop were much better, with speeds of 36.2Mbit/s at 10m and an excellent 21.4Mbit/s at 20m.

Despite its low price, Zyxel's P-660HN-F1Z is overkill for home use. If you run a business, though, its extra security features make this a tempting router to buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Modem typeADSL2+
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
WPAyes
WPA2yes
Firewallyes
MAC address filteringyes
DMZyes

Physical

Size42x189x132mm
Antennas2
Internal/external antennasexternal
Upgradeable antennayes
Number of WAN ports1
Ethernet ports4
Ethernet connection speed10/100
Other portsnone
Wall mountableyes
Power consumption on8W

Other Features

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

Buying Information

Price£60
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailswww.zyxel.co.uk