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Zyxel NBG-417N review

Zyxel NBG-417N
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £26
inc VAT

This budget router does everything it's supposed to, but others do the same job faster and cheaper.


802.11g, 4x 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet ports

At £26, Zyxel’s NBG-417N is cheap by almost any standard, although it’s not the cheapest of the current generation of 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet, 150Mbit/s N-Lite wireless routers. It has just a single upgradable external antenna and four 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet ports.

It doesn’t come with a quick setup CD, but when you first connect to the router’s web interface, you can access a simple configuration wizard. This guides you through setting up your WAN and wireless LAN connections, although it allows you to set up an unsecured wireless network without warning of the potential risks.

Alternatively, if you use the advanced configuration mode, you’re taken straight to the device’s main web interface, which provides easy access to configuration screens for the router’s every feature. Its feature set is pretty standard, with support for a couple of popular DDNS services, push-button WPS and a content filter with keyword-based URL blocking.

Bandwidth management settings allow you to apply QoS to your web connection by setting priorities and the amount of bandwidth allowed to specified ports, protocols and IP addresses. The router also supports remote managed and the Wireless LAN radio can be scheduled to only be on at certain times, allowing you to save power when you’re out or ensure that the kids concentrate on their homework.

You can only configure a maximum of eight static IP addresses on your local network, but this should be enough for the handful of devices that most users need on static IP, such as printers and NAS devices.

Wireless channel-bonding is enabled by default; we disabled it for our tests. Wireless performance was generally good at short ranges but poor at greater distances. We saw speeds of 42.7Mbit/s at 1m, 31.9Mbit/s at 10m and a mere 5.1Mbit/s at 20 using a Centrino 2 laptop. Zyxel’s own NWD-271N wireless adaptor (£23 inc VAT) gave us results of 60.8Mbit/s at 1m, 51.5Mbit/s at 10m and a slightly improved 10.9Mbit/s at 20m.

It’s here that the NBG-417N falls down against our current Budget Buy, TP-Link’s £17 TL-WR741ND, which has a similar range of features, faster Centrino 2 wireless transfer speeds and costs much less.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Modem type Cable
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
Draft 802.11n support no
Draft 802.11n 5GHz support no
MIMO yes
Turbo mode channel-bonding
Stated speed 150Mbit/s


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


Size 30x140x110mm
Antennas 1
Internal/external antennas external
Upgradeable antenna yes
Number of WAN ports 1
Ethernet ports 4
Ethernet connection speed 10/100Mbit/s
Other ports none
Wall mountable yes
Power consumption on 3W

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 £26
Warranty three years RTB