Macsense XRouter PRO MIH-130
1. Ease of Installation
Have we seen this screen before? Well, kinda... It is a near exact replica of the main setup screen of both the Umax UGate 3000 and the Linksys BEFSR series routers. Is this a good thing? Sure! It is about as easy as it gets to set up your connection... Enter your userid if you are a DHCP client, and select "Get an IP address automatically". Hit enter, and you're done! There is also PPPoE support on another page.
Macsense normally makes products that are specifically used for Mac PC's. This just shows you that any router with html configuration will work with any OS, including MacOS and Linux; basically everything with a 4.x and above web browser.
3. Virtual Server Setup
The XRouter had one of the better html-based Virtual Server setup screens. They do all the good things, such as listing the well-known ports, and they even allow you to specify which network protocol to use! Bonus!
4. Flash Upgrading
This uses a similar system to the Linksys and Nexland: download the firmware, along with an approximately 1 mb TFTP client, install the client, and upgrade the firmware. While this is easier than using a serial cable for upgrading, it still gets easier. Some of the other routers allow you to upgrade the firmware using your html browser, in another setup screen.
5. Taste Test
Overall: B / 80% (Not scaled to out normal grading system)
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