ZyXEL Prestige 310
1. Ease of Installation
This router has the most extensive amount of configurable settings of all the routers in this review. They can all be changed from this handy little app. A serial connection is also possible, for direct TFTP setting. Click on the pic below for a full screen shot of the setup page...
In addition to the awesome setup application, there is a mini version, called the Setup Wizard. This takes you step-by-step through the (very few) settings you need. This makes an easy installation absolutely idiot-proof.
Similar to the UGate 3000, the Prestige offers Dynamic DNS capability. Again, this gives your PC an identity, rather than your ISP's domain. This unit supports both DDNS and DynDNS. This means that you can choose from a variety of domains (rather than just *.ugate.net). Both services are available free of charge (although you are encouraged to donate).
3. Virtual Server Setup
ZyXEL is at it again, offering the best Virtual Server settings of all...
The Prestige has a drop-down box, with the more common ports to be opened. Now, it doesn't list EVERYTHING, like a DNS server or an NNTP server, it does have the very most common ports (particularly FTP and WWW). Combine this with the ability to set a default server (thus eliminating the need to enter the same IP over and over), and Dynamic DNS capability, and you have yourself a unique Cable/xDSL router!
4. Flash Upgrading
Like the UGate 3000, the Prestige (I love that name btw) offers the easiest way to upgrade your firmware. Download the file from ZyXEL, point the application to the file, and voila! As you can see, you can also upload custom configuration files. This router has it all!
5. Taste Test
Overall: A / 95%
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