Umax UGate 3000 (or 3K)
1. Ease of Installation
The UGate 3000 offers browser configuration, which is nice. By now, you should know exactly how to set these things up; they are all basically the same. Here's a pic of the main setup page:
There are a ton of setup features with the UGate 3000, and to access them, you won't need to Telnet or connect via a serial cable; everything is in the browser configuration for you.
This product offers a neat feature: Dynamic DNS. Using Umax's dynamic DNS servers, you can assign a DNS name to your router (essentially your PC, since you can run Virtual Servers). This only works with their DNS service, so you only get to choose from *.ugate.net Still, that is a cool feature to have. Want to run a small site on your machine? Just tell your friends to hit http://yourname.ugate.net and they're there! This also works with FTP servers, game servers, anything!
3. Virtual Server Setup
Again, the typical Virtual Server Setup screen... Note that they also list the common ports for your reference.
Note that there is no IP browser function (hey, this is only meant to be a 4 port router!). A port selecting drop box would have been preferable to a simple list.
4. Flash Upgrading
The Umax introduced to us a new way of upgrading the firmware. No software is needed, no serial cable is needed. Just download the firmware file, click on 'update firmware' from the browser config, find the file, and click 'upgrade'. It's VERY simple, and VERY nice. Here's a pic for the slower folks out there:
5. Taste Test
An interesting note: This unit uses a 3 amp power supply. After a couple hours of operation, it gets VERY hot. I would highly suggest placing it in a well ventilated area. None of the other units had heat issues of any sort.
Overall: C+ / 70%
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