Sleek packaging, and a supremely stylish router arrived via Fed EX to my doorstep. ZyXEL seems to have kept the same shell for this router that they used on the P314, and I favor this style router over others. Looks, however are a personal preference- and one of the many subjective issues you will need to confront when purchasing a router. As the old clich? goes, "Looks aren't everything", and functionality is definitely number one on our list of priorities- we will review the functionality of this router later on. Below are the entire contents of what arrived in the box, minus the power cable which I forgot to include in the picture. Included in the box are a CD, a Read Me, both Straight and a CrossoverCat5 cable, a serial cable for connecting to the console port, the 12VDC power adaptor, and the actual router itself.
Here is the underbelly of the router. As you can see, it has the standard brackets on the bottom for the ability to hang the router on the wall.
Front view of the unit.
Another shot, showing the LEDs in action, as well as their layout.
A shot of the rear of the router. It sports merely one LAN port, along with the standard WAN port, a console port, uplink button, power port and ground.
Here is the "Read Me" that ZyXEL puts into the package. It has a "how to set up in Windows 95/98". I believe they do not throw in a guide for Windows 2000 or Windows XP due to the fact that the operating systems work on a higher level and auto sense much more, to the point where a total beginner can get things operating. Still...
Let's move on to installation and administration of the unit.