Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL Router BEFSR11 £2.98 @Morgan computers (or £7.62 delivered) - HotUKDeals
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Description: The Linksys BEFSR11 - EtherFast Cable/DSL Router is the perfect device to connect multiple PCs to a high-speed Broadband Internet connection. It allows up to 253 users with built-in NAT technology it also acts as a firewall protecting your internal network.

Features:
Built-In 10/100 Port
Supports up to 253 Users
Connects to a Broadband Modem Or to An Ethernet Backbone
Supports Dynamic and Static IP Addresses
Creates a Firewall to Protect Your PCs From Outside Intruders

Stock status
New

Warranty
12 months
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#1
Hot!,thats cheap.
I've had mine for over 2 years now and their brilliant.
#3
Cheap, but has no QOS support (it allows prioritisation of traffic, important if you want to browse the web, use the Internet Phone and download at the same time).

This thing is ancient (last firmware update was released in 2004). Unfortunately the BEFSR11 doesn't appear to support alternative firmwares, such as DD-WRT (wrong chipset/not enough memory), so there is no way of adding features.

Unless you are literally unable to spend any more money, buy a router such as the Tenda N-150 (£17.29 delivered). For the extra money you get Wireless (can be turned off), Quality of Service and likely a better firewall.

Thanks for sharing!
#4
It's just a Cable Router isn' it? It won't work on DSL.

http://i44.tinypic.com/axy1xl.jpg

- No where for a phone line to connect.
#5
nick1austin;8155225
It's just a Cable Router isn' it? It won't work on DSL.

- No where for a phone line to connect.

It can be used with Cable or DSL connections.

In order to use the router with an [SIZE=4]A[/SIZE]DSL connection you will need a separate Ethernet ADSL modem (plugs into the WAN port).
#6
this is shocking! Steer clear!
Discription states only 10/100 - really you want to be looking for 1000 -
discription also misleads any unknowing..... x number of users perhaps - but not without buying a lot of extra hardware!

decent ones are not expensive. buy a proper one!
#7
Why would you want gigabit on a single port router?
#8
StormB
Why would you want gigabit on a single port router?


You got that straight. And gigabit to internet is useless, only need it for internal network.

and what a useless bit of kit, its a router with a single LAN port, so to take advantage of the up to 253 users, you need hub/switch, so just spending more money...
#9
why would a home user need 1gb anyway?
#10
hot..
#11
StormB
Why would you want gigabit on a single port router?

That depends where your DMZ is.
#12
Could you use this as a travel router?

ie to turn a hotel wired lan into a wireless access point for an internet tablet, if does it rocks at this price for that.
#13
If yopu bought a thousand you could glue them together and make some kind of transformer toy.
#14
kudos1uk
Could you use this as a travel router?

ie to turn a hotel wired lan into a wireless access point for an internet tablet, if does it rocks at this price for that.


It doesnt have wireless in it. All you will get is more wired ports to connect into.
#15
ukhotnik
That depends where your DMZ is.


You don't make any sense, unless your Internet connection is gigabit! So many wannable IT gurus giving false information. QOS are you serious...
#16
Pheee
and what a useless bit of kit, its a router with a single LAN port, so to take advantage of the up to 253 users, you need hub/switch, so just spending more money...

Indeed, usually both the DSL modem and the switch have a router (NAT) feature. And the second hand market is full of perfectly good DSL routers. Ice cold.
#17
Lol, 253 users, although in theory yes you could connect 253 people to it, I sure as hell wouldn't. I'm pretty sure this thing couldn't handle that many users and their connections at once, especially if they were all using it to connect to the net.
#18
254 users here. so its no good for me :-(
#19
themikeyboosh
why would a home user need 1gb anyway?


Give it some thought :roll:
#20
NO QOS, No WLAN, only 253 users (OK contention issues a side), 1 LAN port this is outrageous how can they charge a massive £2.99 for this.

Come on people as an emergency back up I think it is a decent price to be spent, definitely worth it for the 48 hours or more you'd have to wait for a replacement or engineer to pop out to you to prevent you being without a web connection.
#21
simplyjimbo
NO QOS, No WLAN, only 253 users (OK contention issues a side), 1 LAN port this is outrageous how can they charge a massive £2.99 for this.

Come on people as an emergency back up I think it is a decent price to be spent, definitely worth it for the 48 hours or more you'd have to wait for a replacement or engineer to pop out to you to prevent you being without a web connection.


Rather than paying for a backup wIth 1 port, wouldn't you just be better off connecting straight to the cable modem? :thinking:
#22
shut your bitching up....

Its a cheap router, most people haven't got a clue about wireless, they're probably better off without it because they use WEP or nothing and they're neighbours are probably using it. Yes it's 10/100, but if you care about 1000, then you probably should use a 1000 router and has everyone got CAT 5E cabling in there house as well.

It's £2.99 !!!!!!! ;-)
#23
I'm totally lost - it's a router with one port in and one port out. What use is that? So, it includes a firewall and NAT, but so does any decent ADSL modem.

Please do correct me if I'm wrong, but this has absolutely no use whatsoever.
#24
AndyBrit
Try streaming a 720p/1080p movies from your PC to PS3 with a 100mbit router and a 1gbit router. You will notice the difference, I can fastford a 1080p movies at 120x and it is smooth ad plays instantly where you stop it. This didn't happen on a 100mbit router and was terrible on the wireless.


I stream from a 2 x Dual Core Xeon Server, it' s real nice!!!! :-D
#25
GDB2222
I'm totally lost - it's a router with one port in and one port out. What use is that? So, it includes a firewall and NAT, but so does any decent ADSL modem.

Please do correct me if I'm wrong, but this has absolutely no use whatsoever.


It's good for increasing the bandwidth on the electricity usage!
#26
I might buy one simply because my Livebox only has 2 wired ports and they are not enough. On the other hand its an extra power socket taken up.
#27
Think you's all seem to be missing the point with how many users it can take. On different IP classes, subnets your going to be able to have more than others.
#28
i think most people don't understand what this was designed for, some "old" cable modems and adsl routers did not have as many features as they do these days, eg nat, firewall etc. this device adds these features. if you have an adsl router or cable modem from within the last 5 years you wont really need this... and it could probably be worse

why this only has two ports is because at the minimum that is all it needs.. it is designed to sit between the internet (adsl router / cable modem) and your internal network

for £2.99 it sounds like a good deal, but its usefulness is very very limited and it would probably end up on your self and not be used.. the nat and firewall features included in any modern adsl router or modem would surpass this..

here is a diagram of how this is meant to be setup:

http://i39.tinypic.com/6h2jow.jpg


personally i wouldnt waste my money on it, it's less useful than a floppy disk in this day of age..
#29
I don't understand the point of this, with just the one output port, why not plug straight into your cable modem, which also has a single port?
#30
Damn it! Wish I would have read the comments before buying 2!

Anyway, will be good for experimentation, will look into installing custom firmware, may find a use for them, if not maybe some one on ebay wants one.
#31
razta
Damn it! Wish I would have read the comments before buying 2!

Anyway, will be good for experimentation, will look into installing custom firmware, may find a use for them, if not maybe some one on ebay wants one.


i recommend cancelling the order, , this is a pretty useless device now a days
#32
its cheap because its useless to 99% of internet users. voted cold.
#33
Sorry to hijack the thread for a bit of advice but there seems to be a few people on here that know a lot about routers and modems etc.

My business is in serviced offices with a superfast ethernet internet connection. We have 5 users sharing this (1 connected directly to the adsl wireless modem and the other 4 wireless). Normally a wireless router would be connected to the telephone line but in this case I have it connected to the ethernet cable connected directly into the socket in the wall. Some days it is difficult to connect to the internet wirelessly. It seems to connect but then cant get on the net. Do you think I am using the wrong sort of router here or have it set up incorrectly?
PS if it helps the connection is fine if onnecting to the router directly with an ethernet cable, just wireless seems to have the problems.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
#34
mrBrian
its cheap because its useless to 99% of internet users. voted cold.


I agree, it's very cheap but useless.
#35
PhoenixUK
shut your bitching up....

Its a cheap router, most people haven't got a clue about wireless, they're probably better off without it because they use WEP or nothing and they're neighbours are probably using it. Yes it's 10/100, but if you care about 1000, then you probably should use a 1000 router and has everyone got CAT 5E cabling in there house as well.

It's £2.99 !!!!!!! ;-)


YES! :-) 20 cat5e ports all run inside the walls! ;-) Nice and dead cheap!
#36
pinkstacey
You don't make any sense, unless your Internet connection is gigabit! So many wannable IT gurus giving false information. QOS are you serious...

+1:thumbsup:
#37
Jimmyboy
Sorry to hijack the thread for a bit of advice but there seems to be a few people on here that know a lot about routers and modems etc.

My business is in serviced offices with a superfast ethernet internet connection. We have 5 users sharing this (1 connected directly to the adsl wireless modem and the other 4 wireless). Normally a wireless router would be connected to the telephone line but in this case I have it connected to the ethernet cable connected directly into the socket in the wall. Some days it is difficult to connect to the internet wirelessly. It seems to connect but then cant get on the net. Do you think I am using the wrong sort of router here or have it set up incorrectly?
PS if it helps the connection is fine if onnecting to the router directly with an ethernet cable, just wireless seems to have the problems.

Thanks in advance for any advice.


the problem could be for many reasons

when you say "connect to the internet wirelessly"
1) does the computer connected directly to the modem work when the wireless ones do not?
2) is the problem that you can connect wirelessly, but just not access the internet?
#38
Zaxxan
I agree, it's very cheap but useless.


i bet loads of people are going to be disappointed when they receive them!
#39
its cheap because its not very useful. I had it a while ago and its terrible when using torrents, a hundred or connections and it crashes the router. a hard reset is then needed. stay clear!
#40
indieman
its cheap because its not very useful. I had it a while ago and its terrible when using torrents, a hundred or connections and it crashes the router. a hard reset is then needed. stay clear!

True, remember they were designed in the era of 512k cable broadband with no QOS :oops:

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