Billion BiPax 7800n review

2 Aug 2011

Excellent security features and strong performance make the Billion a great buy for demanding environments

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Price when reviewed: 
124Exc VAT
5

The Billion BiPAC 7800N is slightly bigger than a normal home wireless router, and has three aerials. This gives it a more professional and reassuring feel in a school environment, but more importantly theoretically gives greater reliability and reduces “dead spots” – theory which bore out in our practice.

The BiPAC offers 802.11n wireless, with advertised speeds of up to 300Mbits/sec. In real-world use, it achieved average speeds of around 40Mbits/sec. This is nowhere near the claimed speeds but compared to some other routers on test, and bearing in mind the thickness of the walls in the old school building where we tested, it isn’t bad at all. Range was also good: all classes in the school were able to see and access the wireless network created.

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The Billion again coped admirably In terms of concurrent users. There were no problems with dropped connections, and all the shipped computers were able to make use of the wireless; there was some slowdown at heavy traffic use, but this was to be expected.

Although it lacks extras such as a USB port for printer sharing, it does have features that school network administrators may find useful. You can schedule when the wireless will be available for use, which is ideal if you don’t want it broadcasting out all night. Firewall settings include packet filtering, port redirection and intrusion detection. You can also filter web content by URL or keyword, or block active content such as Java applets and ActiveX scripts and set up scheduled hours during which these restrictions apply.

The Billion BiPAC is well suited to use in a school environment. It can easily handle a large number of users at the same time and its security features are excellent. Plus, it was reliable throughout our testing. If you want a decent “all-rounder” for a low price, this could be what you’re looking for.

Details

Price ex VAT £103
Price inc VAT £124
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5
WiFi standard 802.11n
Modem type ADSL

Wireless standards

802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes

LAN ports

Gigabit LAN ports 4
10/100 LAN ports 4

Features

Wireless bridge (WDS) yes
Interior antennae 0
Exterior antennae 3
UPnP support yes
Dynamic DNS yes

Security

WEP support yes
WPA support yes
WPS (wireless protected setup) yes
DMZ support yes
VPN support yes
Port forwarding/virtual server yes
Intrusion detection yes
DoS protection yes
Web content filtering yes
Activity/event logging yes

Dimensions

Dimensions 229.5 x 155 x 37mm (WDH)