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Gigabyte's network push - New Wireless Networking Equipment - Final Thoughts

Gigabyte is making a lot of noise at the moment with their new range of wireless networking equipment. Their new range has just made it into Australia and we've taken a look at their new goods. They sent us a wireless desktop router, wireless access point capable of A/B/G standards and a Gigabit Ethernet Adapter which uses the PCI Express bus for optimal speeds. We're feeling all networky, so read on and learn more about the new products from Gigabyte.

| Editorials in Networking | Posted: Jun 19, 2005 4:00 am

Final Thoughts

 

- GN-BC01 (Desktop Router)

 

The GN-BC-01 is without a doubt a revolutionary router from Gigabyte. Not only does it turn your modem into a fully NAT ready router, it also allows you to take a wireless access point along with you to a LAN party without the extra hassle of additional network cables and power adapters. Having the router inside the PC and placing an antenna on top of the case, it reduces the clutter.

 

The main problem here is that the system doesn't support the Super G standards yet or 802.11a, which would boost the overall sales potential of the unit, however, as a first strike unit, it's the best and only one available at the moment.

 

Overall the unit was more then simple to setup, its functionality was just the same as a dedicated external router with all the same functions.

 

Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice Award

 

 

- GN-A17GU (Wireless Access Point)

 

The GN-A17GU is by far the most advanced access point available. There are very few units out on the market that support the option of Wireless A/B/G support, and none that have all three with the Turbo/Super G option to boost the transmission rates to 108mbps. Using the Super/Turbo-G setup does require a Wireless card that supports these protocols, however, there are cards from Gigabyte, Linksys, D-Link and quite a few others now that have this support.

 

Overall the GN-A17GU was very simple to setup and with its upgradeability we were very pleased.

 

Rating - 9 out of 10

 

- GN-LC05 (Gigabit Ethernet Adapter)

 

While being the first Gigabit PCI Express Ethernet NIC on the market, there were no fancy bells and whistles to get us fully excited about, however, it was more than nice to see PCI Express being used for what it was intended.

 

This unit would make a great add-on for some of the earlier PCI Express boards that used the PCI bus based Gigabit Ethernet chips to make them cheaper or VIA K8T890 boards that don't come with any Gigabit Ethernet option.

 

Rating - 8 out of 10

 

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