SMC Barricade 7004AWBRA 4-Port Wireless Broadband Router with built-in 802.11b and print server
SMC Networks is a leading provider of high-performance, standards-based networking solutions. The company provides networking hardware for both the home office and small office environments (SOHO) as well as the small and medium business markets. The Barricade Wireless Broadband Router is a great networking solution for home and small business users. The unit is platform independent, combines a 3-port 10/100 Mbps dual-speed switch, a built-in print server, a serial port, wireless access point and firewall security for protection against intruders.
Routers have come a long ways from just a few years ago. The idea that a small, home router would have some features that would even make the big boys jealous seemed laughable. No one's laughing now. Let's take a look at the SMC7004AWBR. It's a heavy duty, feature rich box, at a bargain basement price.
Functions and key features:
What's in the package:
Updated firmware, printer drivers, as well as copies of the manual can be downloaded directly from SMC
The front includes lighted indicators for:
The Router supports six different addressing schemes for the WAN port:
The first four options are normal, but the last two are impressive add-ons, and not usually seen in a home router.
Let's deal with each section independently, shall we?