Compex is an established, yet forward-thinking company in the networking, wireless and telecommunications industry. The company was founded in 1987 and focuses on designing, development and manufacturing a complete line of networking products for the home, SOHO, broadband, and WLAN market needs.
The NetPassage 26G is a notable addition to the wireless wave of broadband routers that is sweeping the current home/SOHO market. It comes with a number of unique features that set it aside from the competition: USB Print/Webcam server, optional SPI firewall and Pseudo VLANs, what can this router really do ? It is a wireless-G router (54 Mbps) with a built-in 4-port switch. It comes with dual USB ports that can support a Webcam and a tracker pod, or a printer. This unit allows not only for seamless integration between wireless and wired networks at an affordable street price, but also for a wireless print and/or webcam server, think of the possibilities !
Together with the router, we tested a matching Compex iWavePort Wireless "G" PC card that according to Compex provides wireless access up to 1000 feet (with an external antenna). Both the Network Card and router sport the Prism Nitro technology that supposedly more than doubles their wireless performance compared to similar products. Will they live up to our high expectations ? First things first....
What's in the box(es)
A "Quick Install Guide" with wall-mounting template.
CD ROM with drivers, configuration utilities and User Manuals
NetPassage 26G broadband router.
External 7.5V power adapter.
We also received a matching WL54G 54Mbps Wireless LAN PCMCIA Card in a separate package, it is available for purchase separately.
The Router box
Contents - There were no Cat5 ethernet cales included with the unit.
The NetPassage 26G...
front of the router.
back - note the dual USB ports for a printer / Webcam.
The Compex WL54G Wireless PCMCIA card
Box contents. The card, quick installation guide, CD with drivers and full user manual.