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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [07.07.05]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte
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Lowest Price: $59.25 at CDW



For speed tests, the Gigabyte Router was compared to a Linksys WRT54GS. Speedboost was not utilized so theoretically, both routers should be capable of attaining 54 Mbps.

Speed tests were conducted with a host machine with a 1000 Mbps Nforce ethernet controller connected to the router and a test machine with a D-link Airplus G card with the OEM Atheros drivers ( for the Wireless G tests. For the Wireless B tests, a Network Everywhere NWP11B card was used on a test laptop. This was also the machine that was used to test the range of the routers.

An FTP was set up on the server and a 200 meg file was uploaded and downloaded three times with the results averaged. The computers were located approximately one floor up and the signal strength in both cases was "Excellent".


I happened to have a couple different cards here, so I tested how well the router played with three different cards under Wireless G mode with no encryption. The first was the D-link used for the benchmarks above, the second was an X-Micro USB Wireless G key and the final one was a Buzz super G wireless notebook card (also based on the atheros chipset). As you can see from the results below, the cards are pretty close to each other. The X-micro was at a slight disadvantage as USB powered devices tend to have a little less power.


To determine range, I set the antenna of the router near a window of the office and began walking away.  I walked toe to toe until the signal to the router could not be established and multiplied the number of footsteps by 10/12 (my feet are about 10" long). Distances are approximate. No encryption was used. Wireless B supposedly has a longer range than Wireless G, but as you can see from the results, they are pretty similar.


To be honest, I'm not quite sure how to end this review because the product targets such a small segment of the market.  The performance of the router was pretty close to the Linksys and the features were really nothing special.

Considering the price, the AirCruiser is available for just under $60 at CDW. Compare that to some of the other popular routers, like the Linksys WRT54Gs, which sells for $70 at and PC Connection. Another popular WiFi G router is the D-Link DI-624, which is sold at for $50 and TigerDirect for $60. So the price of the AirCruiser is definitely acceptable.

So why would someone choose a router like this? The only reason would be if you don't have enough space to use a standalone router with a big power brick. You'd have to give up some flexibility in placement, but as we saw from the range test, the big antenna more than makes up for that.

Final score: 85%

  • Doesn't take up much space
  • Features are what you'd expect from a Wireless G router

  • Design makes it less flexible in positioning

Final Score: 85%