f i r s t l o o k s
• Easy to set up.
smC barricade N
Wireless router • Significant lag when
streaming HD videos.
Overall rating usability
transfer Rate up to 300Mbps
Range up to 300m
management features eZ installation
wizard, web based management interface
(HttP), remote management
Dimension/Weight 180x122x30mm / 320g
contact sMC Networks Asia Pacific
Browser user interface: Advanced
his new draft-N wireless router from (sPi) and the Barricade N wireless router also as well as viewing the status of the wAN,
sMC is designed for home and office has integrated wireless access point that lAN and wireless lAN.
users and it boasts a fast transfer rate is compliant with the 802.11n draft v2.0 For our tests, we set up the wireless
of up to 300Mbps with coverage of up to specifications, and is also fully backward router in a typical office environment
300m. Based on the Atheros chipset, the compatible with the existing 802.11g and and used two notebooks (Asus A8sr
sMC Barricade N (model sMCwBr14-N2) 802.11b standards. and toshiba Qosmio G40) that have been
is the improved version of its sMCwBr14-N setting up the router is no mean task – preinstalled with iXiA Qcheck, a network
sibling with the additional features of wPs you just need to plug your Cable or ADsl performance measurement tool. sMC also
(wi-Fi Protected setup) and wisH (wireless ethernet cable to the wAN port. And if you provided us with the eZ Connect N wireless
intelligent stream Handling). are using a desktop PC with no wireless card Cardbus Adapter which we installed on the
our review unit comes in a silver and or adapter, then connect the network cable toshiba notebook.
light blue finish with three fixed antennas; from your PC’s network port to one of the we tested the wireless performance with
the previous model has two fixed and one four 10/100Mbps ports on the router. But 1MByte of data at a range of 10 metres
detachable antenna. At the rear holds four if you are using a notebook with wireless and 25 metres and recorded an average
10/100Mbps and a wAN port, reset button connectivity, just connect wirelessly to the throughput of 11.57Mbps and 1.32Mbps
and the wlAN switch. router and you are set. respectively. High Definition (HD) 720p video
According to the manufacturer, the You can log into the web-based admin streaming was not very smooth at both
Barricade N wireless router incorporates control panel with the default username distances with frozen and skipped frames,
their proprietary intelligent stream Handling and password mentioned in the user’s though DVD-like quality video streaming
technology which helps to reduce game lag manual, and configure the router according was more seamless with insignificant lag.
and provide high quality voice and video to your preference. the control panel is user- overall, the sMC Barricade N wireless
streaming. other features include user friendly and offers various settings including router did not disappoint in our tests and is
friendly web-based management interface, DHCP server, MAC address filtering, access currently retailing at a reasonable $175.
NAt firewall with stateful Packet inspection control, wPA/wPA2 encryption for security —Koh siang liang
44 pc magazine SingapORe september 2007