Edimax are the champions of releasing low budget, but reasonable quality network kit. With the huge uptake in 802.11ac wireless routers, Edimax have entered the market with the Edimax BR-6478AC. Can Edimax deliver the same results as the other Wireless AC routers out there? We’re about to find out…
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Edimax BR-6478AC Features
Edimax’s flagship router has a list of features. Here’s the pick of the best….
7 Features of the Edimax BR-6478AC
Lightning Fast Wireless AC
Get the next generation wireless – Wireless AC (802.11ac). Wireless AC can give a combined speed of up to 1.2Gbps when using the Dual Band feature (see below). These speeds make it possible to stream HD video flawlessly over your network. Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n are all supported on the BR-6478AC, so all your wireless devices, old & new, can still talk to your network.
Use 5GHz & 2.4GHz at the same time. Choose which band you want your device to use. Use the 5GHz for bandwidth thirsty applications like HD streaming, Skype & online gaming, while using 2.4GHz for all the other traffic.
Do you have multiple users on your network at the same time? Do you run more than one application at once? Then you need to think about QoS. Using QoS, the Edimax BR-6478AC lets you choose what applications to prioritize, so that other applications or devices can’t hog the bandwidth on your network. For example, you can choose a device or set of devices that when using VoIP or when connecting to Xbox Live, protect that traffic over any other traffic types, so that voice calls are smooth and online gaming is lag-free.
WPS & WLAN (Wireless) Button
The Edimax BR-6478AC has a WPS button for easy wireless setup between WPS enabled nodes. There is also a very useful WLAN button, so you can enable or disable wireless on your router at the touch of a button, taking away the inconvenience of having to log into your router to switch wireless on/off.
Guest & DMZ Networks
Segregate your network from unwelcome intruders or from potential on-lookers. The Edimax BR-6478AC supports Guest SSID wireless networks and DMZ for hosting web servers. Using these different networks or ‘zones’ means that your private data and nodes are protected from anyone who could be a potential snooper.
Boost Your Network
Extend your wireless network even further. Use the BR-6478AC as a standalone Access Point or as a bridge to extend your network, using WDS (Wireless Distribution System) or other extender modes.
Full Access Control
Decide who has access within your network and where they can get to. Use MAC or IP filter to authorize who accesses and URL filtering to command what they can access.
Edimax BR-6478AC Technical Specs
- 5GHZ-870Mbps / 2.4GHz-300Mbps
- 4x LAN 1Gbps ports / 1x WAN port
- VPN pass-through
- Bridging / WPS
- WPA2/WPA/WEP 64-128bit encryption
Edimax BR-6478AC Conclusion
- Very Competitively Priced
- Intuitive iQoS System
- Some Nice Extra Features
Not so Good
- Only Available In White
We honestly didn’t expect that many features to be packed in with the Edimax BR-6478AC – given that it’s “budget”. We were wrong – Dual Band, Guest/DMZ networks, QoS, VPN pass-through amongst others, we were quite impressed. Ok, this may only give 870Mbps theoretical speeds on the 5GHz range, which is the low end of what AC can deliver, but this should be enough for most people in this day and age.
The menu system is fairly intuitive, making it pretty easy to set up the Internet connection and wireless for the LAN. The iQoS section makes it easy to set traffic classification & priorities for even the most network-phobic users.
Other nice touches are the WPS, the WLAN switch, and of course the Guest/DMZ network feature. With pretty much everyone owning a smart phone or tablet these days, the need for Internet access is greater than ever. Having Guest access means you can relax knowing friends & family can access the Internet from your router without compromising the security of your own private network.
The Edimax BR-6478AC is an impressive piece of kit. If you want fast wireless without breaking the bank, then this router should definitely be considered… now Edimax just need to release it in black (color means so much to us!).
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