1. Ease of Installation
This is the same setup screen used by most of the html-based routers; Linksys did a good job of keeping everything on one page though. The problem? It isn't very advanced. For example, if you want to specify your own DNS servers, you have to set up everything else as static as well... Things like that is what keeps it behind the ZyXEL and even the Netgear (if you don't mind using Telnet, which I've actually grown to like).
For the basic user though, the Linksys can't be beat. If ZyXEL hadn't recently dropped the price on its Prestige 310, the BEHSR41 might have had a chance at #1. As it is though, the 4 port will take the 1 port's place at #2.
3. Virtual Server Setup
The Virtual Server setup threw me off a bit... Linksys calls it 'forwarding' in their system... Either way, it's the same thing...
Again, a simple technique here; just type in the port you want to open, and the IP of the computer you are opening on. Note that there is a list of commonly used ports. Even better would be a way to select these ports without having to type them in... Also note that there is no IP browse function. That only really matters if you have a lot of PC's running under the router though...
4. Flash Upgrading
No serial cable required here! Just head to Linksys' page, download the latest firmware, run the EXE, and enter the IP of the router, and path to the firmware file. Done!
5. Taste Test
Overall: B / 85% (Not scaled to out normal grading system)
Sorry, we screwed up and deleted all the pics we had of the BEFSR41. Sorry. It looks very similar to the 1 port version though, in case you're wondering :-).
Cable/xDSL Router Shootout Part 2 Table of Contents:
Page 1: Introduction
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