Linksys EtherFast BEFSR41-RM
Released December, 2007
The Pros:Operates in plug-and-play mode, setup involves just running the wires. Minimal physical profile, just big enough to accommodate the ports.
The Cons:No support for Macs - it does work, but instructions are all PC oriented. Firewall is difficult to configure properly. No wireless support of any kind.
The LinkSys EtherFast BEFSR41-RM is a wired router manufactured by Cisco. It allows for multiple computers within the same household to share an Internet connection. It features a 4-port switch, support for DCHP and Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP), and QoS Prioritization.
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When compared to another model in the EtherFast line, the BEFVP41, the BEFSR41-RM lacks the various encryption capabilities. However, it still serves its function as an inexpensive network splitter.
The 4-port switch of the BEFSR41-RM allows up to four computers to share the same Internet connection. In addition, one may also link up to more hubs or switches, to connect further computers to a network. The DCHP support enables users to automatically obtain a temporary IP address, while the UPnP support lets users connect and set up their network connection seamlessly. QoS Prioritization is used in order to optimize the speed of a users network.
- 4-Port Cable/DSL switch
- DCHP and UPnP support
- QoS Prioritization (based on port or service type)
- Included Set-Up wizard
- Built-in NAT security
- Firewall (with MAC address and port filtering)
- Supports IPSec and PPTP Passthrough
- Upgradable through Internet connection
- Able to automatically detect straight or cross-over cable
- Supports Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
User Reviews (1)
operates in plug-and-play mode, setup involves just running the wires
minimal physical profile, just big enough to accommodate the ports
no support for Macs - it does work, but instructions are all PC oriented
firewall is difficult to configure properly
no wireless support of any kind
no on-screen feedback when DSL/Cable connection fails, simulates working connection to the PC so that you have no idea what's happening
heavier traffic with more than one PC streaming media tends to choke, everyone's connection slows
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