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Eminent EM4565 review

Barry de la Rosa
14 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
59
inc VAT

Lots of advanced features but that's not enough to justify the relatively high price.

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Specifications

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

The Eminent EM4565 is a small, glossy black box that's just wide enough to fit an ADSL and four Fast Ethernet ports alongside its two antennas. They enable it to reach a theoretical top speed of 300Mbit/s, although in practice it achieved fairly typical speeds of around 40Mbit/s at up to 10m range. At a 20m range, it maintained speeds that were fast enough for web surfing, and performed particularly well in conjunction with an Eminent USB Wi-Fi dongle, managing almost 13Mbit/s.

Eminent EM4565

The web-based configuration page is exactly the same as that found on TP-Link's routers, although the colours have been changed to fit Eminent's brand and some glaring mistranslations have been fixed. The first page has a setup wizard, which prompts users to change the router's administration password and enter ADSL account details. It doesn't address wireless security, though.

There's also a setup utility on CD-ROM. This offers the choice of setting up the router or setting up wireless security, and it's aimed squarely at novice users, with help on how to connect the various ports on the router to a PC and telephone line. Choosing the first option requires having detailed information, such as VPI and VCI numbers, from your ISP.

Diving into the web-based configuration page isn't a good idea for new users, as it mixes arcane settings with basic ones, making it harder to navigate for those who don't know the ins and outs of networking. Expert users will find a number of interesting features, though, such as WDS, VLANs, QoS and sophisticated routing and firewall options.

Eminent EM4565 rear

It's worth noting that channel bonding is turned on by default, which will cause heavy interference for any other wireless networks in the area, and possibly degrade the EM4565's performance too. It's also worth using a Windows utility such as InSSIDer (tinyurl.com/inssider) to find a free Wi-Fi channel: the EM4565's automatic channel selection always chose Channel 1 in our tests.

Although it supports a number of advanced features, the EM4565's interface is unintuitive, and at this price we're disappointed not to find support for USB devices or Gigabit Ethernet. It offers little more than the TP-Link TD-W8961ND, which is little more than half the price.

Basic Specifications

Rating**
Modem typeADSL2+
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
Draft 802.11n supportyes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz supportno
MIMOyes
Stated speed300Mbit/s

Security

128-bit WEPyes
WPA2yes
Firewallyes
MAC address filteringyes
DMZyes

Physical

Size29x138x128mm
Antennas2
Internal/external antennasexternal
Upgradeable antennano
Number of WAN ports1
Ethernet ports4
Ethernet connection speed10/100Mbit/s
Other portsnone
Wall mountableno
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£59
Warrantyfive years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.amazon.co.uk
Detailswww.eminent-online.com