Asus RT-N11 EZ Wireless Router
Being an 'N' class router, the range of the wireless connectivity could potentially extend up to 70 metres away from the base unit, which is double that of 'G' class routers. 70 metres is in ideal conditions though, and to be quite honest I would be quite happy if the router was able to reach my loft study from its position downstairs. Obstacles such as doors, wireless phones, cavity insulation and microwaves all play their part in diminishing connectivity and in a 4-story house, every Mbit counts. Hopefully, with the RT-N11 utilising MIMO technology, this shouldn't be a problem.
EZ Config allows users of the RT-N11 to easily setup protected networks with just a simple button-push. The WPS (WiFi Protected Setup) will do the rest for you, setting your firewall and wireless access automatically. This is also a very secure way of connecting to the router as it is manual and requires the button push to enable your pc to connect. This feature can be turned off in the router's configuration panel but it is a useful addition for those who are paranoid about outsiders connecting to the network despite the router's extensive security features.
Remember I mentioned VIP zones previously? Well EZ management allows the RT-N11 to easily set up and configure up to 4 networks in 1. Trusted members of your network can enjoy their own WiFi security and bandwidth. Great for those of us who have youngsters wanting online gaming while the wife wants to catch up on the latest soap while you er...well do what ever you want to do without the rest of the family interrupting your bandwidth. Each VIP zone can be allocated bandwidth with various usage scenarios as well as supporting SNMP and multiple SSID, VLAN, WDS and WMM functions. In testing, this worked a treat as my game ping was unaffected while my 2nd PC was downloading windows updates. Obviously, your download bandwidth will be affected depending on how you split your allocation but this is a limit of your ISP, not the router.