by R. K. Bloom

SMC 2804WBR

SMC 2804WBR

Introduction

Company SMC Networks has provided us with not testing a new model of wireless router. This product is ideal for use as a central device a small LAN with Internet access and the ability to work in such a network, wireless clients.

Naturally, the product of this type should provide sufficient protection to the network. The hardware part SMC2804WBR, which we consider today, combines a switch, router and wireless access point, 802.11b and 802.11g. All this is complemented by beautifully thought-out software, and is virtually self-sufficient system implemented perfectly suitable for a network. As stated by the SMC, the wireless portion of the device can operate at speeds of up to five times greater than previous devices allow standard 802.11b. We have to figure out whether this will prove in practice.

The device protects the network from unauthorized access, it uses a built-in firewall, Network Address Translation – NAT, in the case of wireless security protection is provided through the use of various security protocols. If you are running a small organization and can not afford dedicated servers for installation of various services – the router will also be able to help you. To do this, you only need to set up a redirect. With a simple, intuitive interface, all settings are done Administration as if you fill out the questionnaire when applying for a job. At the same time on the setup of this device you will spend much less time than would be spent to configure individual devices.

Network equipment manufacturers are increasingly filling the niche of these devices all-in-one, creating a combined unit that combine everything you need to organize a small network with access to the Internet.

Today the market offers a variety of devices are functionally very similar to our todays hero. Whatever it was, it means the emergence of a large number of different models capable of producing a replacement for the old solutions, which consists of several dedicated devices, while reducing the costs is not the acquisition and maintenance costs. Naturally, there is no way that everything in an instant was perfectly happy and there was some moments may still refuse to make the purchase of an integrated solution (however, recall of motherboards, the degree of integration that grows with every hour). Problems can arise when the need to update any part of the system. In the case of multiple devices – all clear, but what if, if you have an all-in-one? However, whether so often you have to change the configuration of your system? We think not. In any case, such a device would be the best solution for creating a small network with secure access to the Internet and the ability of wireless customers. In this case the cost will be significantly lower total cost of individual devices. As an example of such a network, SMC leads quite an interesting option.

SMC 2804WBR

As you may have guessed, this time we got to test a new model of the wireless network router of SMC Networks. This small box can now do all that is necessary for the efficient operation of a small network with wired and wireless customers, while providing secure access to the Internet. The device is built on the chipset Intersil Prism GT, which supports technology Nitro, developed by Intersil for speed wireless connections.

By design, this product is identical to all other devices in a series of wireless routers. Medium-sized block of dark gray on the front panel, which are indicators that point to the active device, and on the back side – are reversed-SMA connector for connecting the two antennas. The standard antennas can be rotated on two axes, which is convenient enough to increase the coverage area: there is no need to rotate the device itself, in addition, if necessary, to increase the coverage area you can use an external antenna. We were pleasantly surprised to see a connector for an antenna on this router. An external antenna may help to establish a connection, where the standard antennas can not do this and increase the speed of the connection where it is low because of the strong attenuation of the signal.

All device LEDs are located on the front panel and are clearly visible for a sufficiently large viewing angle. For the LAN segment is present indicators point to a connection when you connect stamegabitnom Link light is green, and the speed indicator on the tradition – amber. Also, there are indicators that point to the activity of the compounds, the wireless segment and WAN – one indicator, but they are sufficient to judge the operation. WLAN LED goes off when the wireless part of the device and is lit or blinks when the wireless part is active. Of course there is an indicator that points to the power connection to the device.

The rear panel of the device are located, a connector for power supply, reversed-SMA connector for the antenna, RJ-45 connectors: one for the WAN connection segment and four segments for the LAN. There is also a little recessed reset button, press that, fortunately not so easy and casual – almost impossible. The device includes a four-10/100-megabitny switch that works with segments of LAN. As we mentioned, all ports (both LAN, and WAN) have automatic MDI / MDI-X, which allows you to not worry about which cable to use – with a straight or crimp with a cross.

Turning the device, youll find a sticker with the name and serial number and a sticker on the certification of the device. In addition, you will see a place for attaching the legs, which is included.

Completion

Traditionally, the router comes in bright colorful packaging, which also contains everything you need to get started.

Except for the SMC2804WBR and power supply to it in the box also has a cable – Twisted pair category five straight crimp, which can always be useful. Also in the kit includes four soft rubber feet for the router, a compact disk, a paper guide for installation and configuration, and warranty registration card. More in the box you will not find anything does not work, and is not necessary. Listed above will be enough to set the device up and running with it, to connect different wired devices, of course, you must have cable.

Installation

In order to ensure maximum coverage, the location of the device that works with the wireless transmission of data, should be given special attention. We are talking about such a device, so if you plan to use the wireless part of it, ensuring maximum coverage – to choose where to install it in addition to this site must be brought all the necessary cables. In terms of wireless transmission of such a place can be found in the center of your office, from which the router can communicate with other wireless devices on your network and the number of obstacles in the way of the signal is minimal. As you know, SMC2804WBR can work not only as a wireless access point, and as wired Ethernet switch and a router, which stands between the companys internal network and the outside world, and as a firewall to protect against unauthorized access to your network from the outside. That is, it can serve as a kind of heart and brain networks.

It is believed that the above location, which houses the transmitter, the greater the range. If it turns out, so that you do not care enough coverage provided by this device, you can easily upgrade it, if it so be called. To increase the coverage area you can try to replace the standard antenna on an antenna with high gain, the benefit of any intervention in the design of the device is not required – SMC2804WB equipped with standard connectors reversed-SMA connector antennas. Any serious restrictions on the ventilation and temperature for the location of the device there is, almost any place in any office to satisfy these requirements, of course not near heat sources and places of high humidity. We would not recommend installing it in dusty areas.

SMC makes the following demands on the network to which you are installing and configuring the device to complete its operation:

Internet access via modem DSL, cable modem or Ethernet port;

computer with a permanent or dynamically configurable parameters IP;

computer with a network adapter;

TCP / IP protocol on all computers that need access to the Internet.