Edimax AR-7024Wg review

£44
Price when reviewed

About the size of a video cassette, the Edimax is the second cheapest ADSL router in this month’s Labs; only the KCorp Lifestyle KLS-5810 could beat it. We weren’t overwhelmed by the array of features, but it wouldn’t be fair to expect much at this price.

For example, MAC address filtering is available, but there’s no URL and keyword filtering. There’s no automatic channel selection either, so you’ll need to find which channel is quietest. Security options include protection from WEP, WPA and RADIUS encryption. The SSID can be hidden and you can change the MAC address to fit your ISP’s requirements.

Performance was solid, if average. It took one minute, 18 seconds and one minute, 19 seconds respectively to transfer 100MB of data at close and medium ranges with WPA encryption – a data rate of just under 11Mb/sec. This makes it capable of streaming music to one PC while a few other users browse the Internet. It was too slow in our long-range tests to complete our transfer in a reasonable time, though, so we wouldn’t recommend it for transferring large files over long distances.

The Edimax doesn’t make first-time setup simple – there are no ISP presets, as with other routers, so you’ll need to have some fairly detailed information about your ISP to hand. However, if all you need is a basic router with an integrated modem at the lowest price, you won’t be disappointed.

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