Edimax nMax Wireless 802.11n Gigabit Router

Setting the router up

Setting up the router using Edimax EZmax

Edimax claim that the router is very simple to set up, using the EZmax setup wizard software supplied on the installation CD. We shall take a closer look to see whether these claims hold true or not.

  

Upon inserting the CD you are greeted with the language selection page. Once the relevant selection is made, you will then land on the EZmax Wizard home page. From here, you run the wizard, view the PDF manual or update the router's firmware. for the purposes of the review, we went straight to the setup wizard.

 

Once you begin the setup, a diagram is shown, which shows correct ethernet cable placement. The wizard will then ask you to confirm you have connected the cables correctly, before moving on to the next stage.

 

The next step will ask you to confirm the exact model of your router, and then you are asked to set a password for the router, which will allow access to the router's settings home page.

 

Next steps are to confirm the type of modem you will be using with the router, which in my case was a Virgin Cable modem. You are then asked to set a host name and to enter the MAC address from your ISP (if supplied). If you don't have a MAC address from your ISP, you can clone the PC's MAC instead.

 

After all the steps above have been taken, the router will begin to establish the internet connection. It took a couple of minutes in my case, but worked without any hitches.

 

Finally, we come to the basic security setting for the wireless connection. You can set a memorable ESSID (Extended Service Set Identifier), which will allow you to easily identify your wireless network when connecting from a client PC. You can then set a WPA Pre Share Key, which will be asked for when connecting from a client PC. One you have completed all this, the router is then ready to go. You can enter the routers setting home page (via an internet browser) to make further advanced settings changes.

In all, the EZmax setup wizard worked flawlessly, and getting the router up and running really was both quick and simple. Options where a networking novice may stumble were clearly explained, and the PDF manual goes more into detail should it be required. There are enough options within the wizard to ensure that the connection is functioning correctly and the wireless connection is secured. It should be remembered though, that there are alot of features of the router that may need configuring in the browser based advanced settings.

So with that, lets take a look on the next page. 

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15-04-2009, 07:01:29

TopSecret
A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed the Edimax nLITE USB wireless adaptor, and we were pretty impressed with it. We have now managed to get our hands on the other half of the wireless networking equation and we will be taking a very close look at it here.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...173340790s.jpg

Read the full review here.

15-04-2009, 07:04:59

zak4994
That front panel looks so ewww.

15-04-2009, 08:33:48

Rastalovich
Price on this for the features it has make it a very good purchase.

The radio channels wouldn't really be helped by the dual 2.4/5.8 newer versions that are coming out, mainly as they're "meant" to be for media traffic devices. Only today looked at a view screen for a hd camera using the 5.8 freq to see the screen of the camera - it's pretty impressive. Ofc the 2.4g traffic doesn't afflict it. 2.4 being free for use does tend to get pretty crowded, but there are tools out there that will allow u to graphically see how busy the traffic is about u so that u can pick the best for ur setup.

Notice a trend of them looking similar to what the Apple wireless-n predicted router will look like. Believe this is coming in May. Perhaps with the wireless n-iPhones.

The price seals this unit for me. U can buy barely usefull wireless-g routers, with gigabit switches, for just under the price.

I'm w8ing for a d-link 855? unit with the dual radio, out of interest above the features also.

Great stuff.

15-04-2009, 12:39:53

BloomerzUK
Nice review.

I am thinking about upgrading from my aging Linksys Wireless G router. Would be nice to have a Gigabit network, and it's getting a bit haggered from all the wireless connections..

17-04-2009, 08:20:25

TopSecret
Thanks, and glad you enjoyed the review. Totally agreed on the price. I paid more for a 54g router a few months ago, and it hasn't got half the features of this one. As I said in the review, I would recommend this router to anyone who wants to upgrade to 802.11n and gigabit LAN.

@Zak: When you see the panel in person, it ties in really well with the router. I think these routers with the LCD displays are a bit of overkill tbh, as a router is normally shoved on a shelf, under a desk or somewhere out of direct sight.
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