Sweex Wireless Broadband 300Mbps (draft N) Router £17.99 Delivered @ Play
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Sweex Wireless Broadband 300Mbps (draft N) Router £17.99 Delivered @ Play

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Found 29th Sep 2009Made hot 29th Sep 2009
Create and shape a wireless 300MBS netowrk
Expand the range and speed of your connection
Easy security setup with the 'WPS' Button.
Specification
Chipset: Ralink
Supports: IEEE 803.3 10BASE-T and 803.3u 100BASE-TX
Supports: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
Maximum wireless data transfer speed: 300 Mbps
Supports: DHCP (dynamic IP), PPTP, Static IP, PPPoE, L2TP
1x WAN, 4x LAN RJ-45 UTP ports 10/100 Mbps
Supports: WEP/WPA./WPA2/802.1X wireless security
Supports: WPS for easy wireless security
Built-in Firewall, NAT and Port Forwarding
3 external dipole antennas 2 DBI
Operating frequency: 2.4 Ghz
Supports: VPN pass through
Supports: Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)
Web-based configuration

53 Comments

so does this have an ADSL modem in built??

300Mbps wireless but only 100Mbps wired???? strange!!!

Original Poster

rob585;6427448

so does this have an ADSL modem in built??


Wireless router supports latest draft version of Wireless-N (Draft 802.11n) spec and compatible with ADSL and cable broadband connections (when used with external modem).

Looks like you need the modem supplied from your ISP, but can be used with cable or ADSL.

We dont need to say "draft N" anymore as this has at last been ratified.

802.11n is now "official"

trustedreviews.com/net…/p1

Of course this router may have been made while it was still in "draft" mode, but as it has hardly changed so it wont be a problem.

sparkygeezer;6427475

300Mbps wireless but only 100Mbps wired???? strange!!!



That's why it's so cheap I guess

Good cheap 11n access point.

HOT

I almost posed this a few days ago but decided against it because a friend of mine who works in networking bought one and said it was trash.

*shrug* ..... who knows though, maybe worth a punt at that price.

can anyone confirm whether this has an access point mode?

can anyone confirm whether this has an access point mode?



Any router with wireless can be used as an Access Point, just disable the router function, and set an appropriate IP address for it.

petermerritt;6428247

Any router with wireless can be used as an Access Point, just disable the … Any router with wireless can be used as an Access Point, just disable the router function, and set an appropriate IP address for it.



Perfect :thumbsup: have some rep

Good Price......This is £30 in my local shop

I purchased one of these in WHSMITH for £44 about 2 months ago but took it back as found the range to be extremely limited compared to my previous wireless router (Linksys).

The range while it seemed limited also meant that connections dropped out often, purchasing from Smiths was a blessing as I was able to return the unit and brought a Buffalo wireless router which works amazingly well and was only £20 at ebuyer.

So in answer to the post, good price for an extremely average product

Yeah ... if I'm right, draft 802.11n does in no way guarantee a minumum range ?

It's sets of communications standards and specifications. The actual range, strength (SNR ratio etc) is all to do with the chipset, not the protocol ?

Might be a bit of stupid question but will this work with o2 bb? Cos I tried my old netgear router, which admittedly was from Sky and it didn't work so I'm confuddled!

bigmo7;6429818

Might be a bit of stupid question but will this work with o2 bb? Cos I … Might be a bit of stupid question but will this work with o2 bb? Cos I tried my old netgear router, which admittedly was from Sky and it didn't work so I'm confuddled!



I'm pretty sure O2 have the user name & password freely available in the router - so you should be able to use any router.
You just have to get the username & password from the O2 router & type it in when connecting the new router.

^ but if someone who has tried/done this could confirm, that would be great

bigmo7;6429818

Might be a bit of stupid question but will this work with o2 bb? Cos I … Might be a bit of stupid question but will this work with o2 bb? Cos I tried my old netgear router, which admittedly was from Sky and it didn't work so I'm confuddled!



Only if you already have a ADSL modem with an Ethernet port working on 02.

Your Sky router would need to be firmware flashed to normal and not Sky's firmware. Various sites will tell you how.

K1LLER HORNET;6429969

I'm pretty sure O2 have the user name & password freely available in the … I'm pretty sure O2 have the user name & password freely available in the router - so you should be able to use any router.You just have to get the username & password from the O2 router & type it in when connecting the new router.^ but if someone who has tried/done this could confirm, that would be great



This router does not have a modem, so O2 user name and password would not be needed as they would be in the ADSL modem.

newsgroupmonkey;6427594

That's why it's so cheap I guess



It is standard to have a 100mb switch inside the router. The wired would likely still be faster than the wireless especially as UK broadcasting laws limit the speed of N routers to 130mbps max. With wireless exaggeration and overheads the wired would still be significantly faster and more reliable.

K1LLER HORNET;6429969

I'm pretty sure O2 have the user name & password freely available in the … I'm pretty sure O2 have the user name & password freely available in the router - so you should be able to use any router.You just have to get the username & password from the O2 router & type it in when connecting the new router.^ but if someone who has tried/done this could confirm, that would be great



Cool...still is it worth buying a router like this cos I've never heard of Sweex! :oops:

MightyHorace;6428869

I purchased one of these in WHSMITH for £44 about 2 months ago but took … I purchased one of these in WHSMITH for £44 about 2 months ago but took it back as found the range to be extremely limited compared to my previous wireless router (Linksys).The range while it seemed limited also meant that connections dropped out often, purchasing from Smiths was a blessing as I was able to return the unit and brought a Buffalo wireless router which works amazingly well and was only £20 at ebuyer.So in answer to the post, good price for an extremely average product



yes, most people would be much better off with this:
oh damn, the Buffalo G125 has been discontinued at ebuyer, good thing i bought 2 @ £20 last week
anyway yeah maybe they're all going to N but nearly everyone has G equipment and G stuff with tomato firmware is very solid and good range. shame.
google.co.uk/pro…tle
is the G125, or the HP-G54 is still excellent but more expensive.
google.co.uk/pro…tle
(throughput is better on the older HP-G54 than the G125.. the numbers mean nothing!)
i have not tried N and don't believe it will offer any benefits since its already 3x faster than the WAN download speed most people get from ADSL.

for £18 delivered what do you expect, yes its got its drawbacks, may be the signal range anint that good, but for £18 for an N router, for most people this would be ideal, but disregard all the bumpf about 300mbps etc etc as you aint gonna get it, not even with the most expensive router, so your 100mbps ports will be fine and dandy!

£18, its a steal!, granted not a very good make, but for basic browsing etc etc :w00t:

yeah but cheap routers can be useless (they keep crashing and eventually just die) with their rubbish firmware.. i would not buy anything now that can't be flashed with something that works properly (tomato or DD-WRT etc). afaik this one can't, so avoid (unless you hardly use the internet). you could put that £18 towards something that works (like G125 for £25) unless anyone knows otherwise. i havent checked if this one is supported, it might be.

Smiff;6430267

yeah but cheap routers can be uselesse.



Sweex are lowest of the low , I have support them and they do the job ..........just.


COCO

Finally after years of calling it draft n it is officially now n. Why have they taken so long and it doesnt look like they have changed anything from draft n to n standard.

bigmo7;6429818

Might be a bit of stupid question but will this work with o2 bb? Cos I … Might be a bit of stupid question but will this work with o2 bb? Cos I tried my old netgear router, which admittedly was from Sky and it didn't work so I'm confuddled!



The problem you cant use your old netgear router, with your current provider, is because sky have encrypted it, with ther own password. I couldnt use my 3com with them, but there is a work around you can find on the net, which discovers the encrypted paseword.

So this is an ADSL AND Cable Modem??

one thing to note thou is, it might be faster wireless than a 'g' router but most routers these day have mimo, which will give the same range as a 'n' router.

bigmo7;6429818

Might be a bit of stupid question but will this work with o2 bb? Cos I … Might be a bit of stupid question but will this work with o2 bb? Cos I tried my old netgear router, which admittedly was from Sky and it didn't work so I'm confuddled!



Read Post 4 on the link below and it has some links to a recovery utilty that will let u upgrade the firmware providing you have that model.

avforums.com/for…tml

he6rt6gr6m;6430818

So this is an ADSL AND Cable Modem??



No, its a router. You need to plug a modem (ADSL or Cable) into it. It does not specify that it will work with one type but not the other...so my guess is it should work with both (although don't quote me on that!!!) :thumbsup:

jamesdew;6430177

It is standard to have a 100mb switch inside the router. The wired would … It is standard to have a 100mb switch inside the router. The wired would likely still be faster than the wireless especially as UK broadcasting laws limit the speed of N routers to 130mbps max. With wireless exaggeration and overheads the wired would still be significantly faster and more reliable.



Rubbish - there is no such "UK broadcasting law" - it is quite legal to have N routers running in 40MHz mode (300Mbps) - I have two Edimax routers at home configured for 300Mbps speed and they work very well with the Intel 5300 wireless cards.

- Simon.

brookheather;6431205

Rubbish - there is no such "UK broadcasting law" - it is quite legal to … Rubbish - there is no such "UK broadcasting law" - it is quite legal to have N routers running in 40MHz mode (300Mbps) - I have two Edimax routers at home configured for 300Mbps speed and they work very well with the Intel 5300 wireless cards.- Simon.


Would be interested to know how you did this, best i can get is 135Mbps

rdann;6431634

Would be interested to know how you did this, best i can get is 135Mbps



lol...me too ive got a belkin n1 wireless router...my toshy laptop has wifi n card...best i can get is around 135mbps - 150mbps.....even when im right next to the wireless router.....probably havnt got the settings right..:thinking:

brookheather;6431205

Rubbish - there is no such "UK broadcasting law" - it is quite legal to … Rubbish - there is no such "UK broadcasting law" - it is quite legal to have N routers running in 40MHz mode (300Mbps) - I have two Edimax routers at home configured for 300Mbps speed and they work very well with the Intel 5300 wireless cards.- Simon.



Hi mate can you tell me is your router 2.4ghz or 5ghz cos i got a intel 4965agn and although my linksys router runs on 40mhz mode wide band its only running on 2.4ghz. This limits my intel card to 130mbps as ive seen on intels website unless you aint running 5ghz router you speed is limited to 130mbps on 2.4ghz.

i was looking for a cheap wireless router

thanx

brookheather;6431205

Rubbish - there is no such "UK broadcasting law" - it is quite legal to … Rubbish - there is no such "UK broadcasting law" - it is quite legal to have N routers running in 40MHz mode (300Mbps) - I have two Edimax routers at home configured for 300Mbps speed and they work very well with the Intel 5300 wireless cards.- Simon.



No it isn't, just because you are doing it doesn't make it legal. The 40 Mhz range is not available for public use in the UK. Technically Ofcom can come take your router away.

ofcom.org.uk/rad…11/

jamesdew;6432816

No it isn't, just because you are doing it doesn't make it legal. The 40 … No it isn't, just because you are doing it doesn't make it legal. The 40 Mhz range is not available for public use in the UK. Technically Ofcom can come take your router away.http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radiocomms/ifi/licensing/classes/rlans/technical/ofw311/



What are you like it says you can use 2.4ghz on wide band which is 40mhz

Just at the right time:thumbsup:

heh, good luck all you folks buying this.. i have a stack of old routers that don't work (until i started buying buffalo or linksys) - and you probably will some day too!
the old rubbish routers can mostly still be used as switches though so they aren't totally useless

cheap routers - not worth the hassle. say no!
its 90% a software issue though, which is why replacement firmware is a must imho.

Borat;6432855

What are you like it says you can use 2.4ghz on wide band which is 40mhz



The Ofcom document quoted (ofcom.org.uk/rad…11/ )is about the use of radio controlled models!:)

A much more useful link is this:

en.wikipedia.org/wik…els

Operating frequency is only 2.4Ghz, no 5GHz, which is pretty important if you want any decent speeds on 802.11n and live in a block of flats. 802.11b/g both use 2.4Ghz, and if you have more than a couple around you, it'll severely impact your throughput.

And, as with all wireless protocols, the advertised 300mbit speed is the sync speed, not the throughput speed. Generally speaking, typical real world conditions result in throughput being roughly half the advertised syncspeed.
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