BT Voyager 2100 review

£62
Price when reviewed

Sharing its looks with BT’s range of wired ADSL modems, the Voyager 2100 is pleasingly well featured. WDS (Wireless Distribution System) and RADIUS encryption are included, so ambitious SoHo setups are catered for, as are large-area wireless LANs. There’s also IP filtering and an SPI firewall. It might lack URL and keyword filtering, but users who don’t require a great deal of control over Internet access won’t mind.

The single antenna can’t be removed, but the Voyager 2100 acquitted itself well in our tests. At close range, it transferred 100MB of files, encrypted with WPA, in one minute, 35 seconds. Strangely, it was five seconds faster at medium range with results equating to to 8.8 and 9.3Mb/sec respectively.

Like most of the routers this month, this makes the BT Voyager more than quick enough for Internet connection sharing and streaming DivX video. More demanding users should remember that the KCorp KLG-575 router was nearly 10Mb/sec faster. Our long-distance tests revealed the limitations of the Voyager. With no encryption, 100MB was transferred in a shade over eight minutes and this increased by about a minute with WPA turned on. Ultimately, the Voyager is best for Internet browsing alone at long range.

Overall, BT’s wireless router is no slouch for close- and medium-range wireless work, but the Edimax performs similarly at all ranges and is £16 cheaper.

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