Compex NetPassage 15BA Cable/DSL Router with built-in 4-port 10/100 MBps switch and Parallel Broadband capability.
Compex has been around since 1987 when a group of 4 partners came together with microcomputer design experience and found this networking company. They are dedicated to pumping out networking hardware which specializes on the needs of the consumer. "COMPEX is committed to creating the networking industry price/performance curve while maintaining the highest quality and reliability standards." Compex prides themselves on their rigorous product testing in lab before the product gets shipped. It is this testing that Compex claims separate them from other manufacturers of LAN/WAN equipment. "Each port of each product must pass 1 million packets of data before shipment."
Compex has a broad networking product line with many components to choose from. In the Broadband Router category they have two types, the 'NetPassage' series (which we are reviewing here) and the simple 'Passage' series. They also have a 'Wireless LAN' category with their Wireless 'WavePort' series. The company also manufactures switches, hubs and other types of networking hardware. They have a complete SOHO kit designed to get you started on a complete networking environment. They also have Mobile products such as USB and Ethernet PCMCIA cards. And last but certainly not least they do carry Network Interface Cards (NIC's) in the form of 10/100BaseT AND Gigabit Ethernet. If you'd like to see their whole product line, check out this page.
Now to our product we will be testing here. I have sitting on my desk for the last few weeks the NetPassage 15B Internet Router from the NetPassage series.. You can find a complete product page on it here. I've been testing it running it as my main router for the past few weeks and have tried it in every configuration and application I came across.
IP Packet Filtering
Network Address Translating (NAT)
VPN Client Pass-Thru