Edimax nMax Wireless 802.11n Gigabit Router



The Edimax nLite Wireless 802.11n Gigabit router has some great features that other, more expensive, routers lack. It is also very easy to configure, thanks to the EZmax wizard. The router looks great either laid flat on stood vertically, and the LED status display is simple, yet effective. The router sports 5x Gigabit Ethernet ports (1x WAN, 4x LAN), and this helps keep data transfers nippy. The data transfer speeds aren't going to break any records, but they are still quite respectable, as was the working range of the router. As I said, I have often had problems within my property with connection drop-outs, and I have never experienced any since using the BR-6574n.

There are a few things I want to mention though, one of these being the fact that the router cannot transmit over the 5Ghz bands, and is restricted to 2.4Ghz. This won't be a real problem unless your location is one which experiences radio interference.It should also be mentioned that this router does not have a built in modem. You would need to connect your modem to the router via the Ethernet WAN port to be able to establish an internet connection. For cable ISP connection users like myself, this is normal and not a problem.

All in all, I am very pleased with the BR-6574n. I have been using the router for a few weeks now, and I have nothing bad to report. I even managed to get a reliable wireless connection to my garage, something I have struggled with for the last two years. At the price point the router is at, I feel it would make a very worthy contender for anyone wishing to upgrade from an 802.11b/g router, or anyone considering going wireless for the first time. There are other routers out there that will beat the BR-6574 in features and performance, but you should expect to pay alot more for them.

The Edimax nLite Wireless 802,11n Gigabit router is available to purchase from Novatech for £59.98.


The Good
+ Very easy to set up.
+ Styling - Simple and effective.
+ Good data transfer rates & signal strength.
+ Very reasonably priced.
+ WPA RADIUS encryption


The Mediocre
* White may not be to everyones tastes, but thats a personal choice.
* Cannot transmit over 5Ghz bands.


The Bad
- Nothing to report



Our thanks go out to Edimax for kindly providing us with this review sample. Discuss this review in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

15-04-2009, 07:04:59

That front panel looks so ewww.Quote

15-04-2009, 08:33:48

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.Quote

15-04-2009, 12:39:53

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..Quote

17-04-2009, 08:20:25

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.Quote

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