Billion 7800N first impressions
The first thing that jumps out at you when you see the Billion 7800N router is its size. It is a considerable size and I like to refer to it as the tank. At a whopping 23cm wide 15cm deep 5cm high you did need a bit of space for this router and that is not including the external aerials.
The other thing that jumps out of you is the quality of the build. It feels and looks sturdy like it is a heavy duty router that is going to get some miles. The router is white and that was the only thing that put me off (but that is just been picky) out of the box it’s an impressive piece of equipment.
The box contains the router, the power adapter, 3 external aerials that need to be screwed on to the left, right and back of the router, an adsl cable and a cat5 cable.
What has it got – Specifications
Some of the key features are
- Dual-WAN approach – ADSL2+ or Ethernet WAN for Broadband Connectivity
- 4-port Gigabit Switch
- Supports Draft-802.11n Wireless Access Point with WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
- High-speed Internet Access via ADSL2/2+; Backwards Compatible with ADSL
- WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
- Wireless Speed up to 300Mbps and 3 Times the Coverage of Standard 802.11b/g
- Quality of Service Control for Traffic Prioritization and Bandwidth Management
- SOHO Firewall Security with DoS Prevention and Packet Filtering
- Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Compliance
- Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS)
- Available Syslog monitoring
- Supports IPTV Applications
For full specifications visit http://www.billion.uk.com/product/wireless/7800n.htm
Peformance and features
One of the biggest bonuses for me is the fact that this router has 4 Gigabit ports (as well as one WAN port that can be used but at a slower speed) giving you 5 ports in total.
The router also supports both ADSL and Ethernet WAN connections, so it is compatible with pretty much any internet connection in the UK. When in ADSL mode, the EWAN port defaults to being the 5th LAN port, although as we said earlier it is slower at only 10/100Mbit/s.
The routers wireless performance is very very good. I have had a number of routers all different models over the years including Belkin, Cisco, Dlink and this router has by far the best wireless range and speed of any previous router I have used.
The settings are accessed via a web interface and the basic mode is selected via default along with a quick start section to get you up and running. If you are an advanced user and want to use the routers advanced features then you are looking at the right router. This router is packed with settings and features which you can alter including firewall settings, traffic prioritisation, virtual servers and a whole host of other features.
This is not a cheap router and at around £120 it does appear to be very expensive. I have to say it is probably the best £120 I even spent. Well in fact that is a lie it’s the best £140 I ever spent as we have this router at home as well as in the office.
It is feature packed it is stable and it is also future proof to a degree with its ability to use ADSL 2+ or Ethernet WA.
The Gigabit switches are also a huge plus especially in an age where we are connecting our televisions to network drives and streaming TV and movies. £120 in my opinion is cheap for the quality this router provides.
ConclusionIf you are prepared to spend a little extra then I cannot recommend this router highly enough. It has every future you could need now and for the near future. Out of the 20 or so routers I have been through this is head and shoulders above the rest
Setup is quick and easy, it does exactly what it is suppose to do and need little interaction or frequent reboots.
If I had to choose a downside the ONLY downside for me would be its size but this is the only slight on what otherwise is a wonderful piece of equipment.
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