SMC7004VWBR 2.4 GHz Wireless Cable/DSL Broadband Router Review

SMC 2.4 GHz Wireless Cable/DSL Broadband Router

SMC7004VWBR 2.4 GHz Wireless Cable/DSL Broadband Router
Summary 802.11b wireless version of new-generation Barricade (SMC7004VBR)
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Pros • Schedulable firewall rules and URL keyword blocking, with different time periods per day
• Supports 10 WAN IP addresses
• Good throughput vs. distance performance
Cons • No Web traffic logging
• No static inbound port range mapping
• No wireless monitoring or MAC address Association controls
• 30% throughput reduction with WEP enabled

Given that SMC's original AMIT based line of Barricade routers were among my favorites, I've wanted to like their new AdmTek based Barricade "V" series. But after putting both the non-wireless SMC7004VBR, and now their 802.11b "VWBR" wireless version though their paces, I find myself wondering whether SMC has lost the formula they had in the original Barricades.

The VWBR is essentially a VBR with 802.11b wireless capability added. So hop on over and read that review for all the routing details. If you've already been there, just continue on to the wireless section of this review by clicking on the link below.