Edimax BR-6475nD review

29 Dec 2011

One of the cheapest dual-band routers around, but performance is absolutely fine

Price when reviewed: 
66(£64 inc VAT)
5

The Edimax BR-6475nD is one of the cheapest dual-band routers around, and it really does show. It’s a plain white box, with a few blinking lights on the front whose most striking feature is its two large antennae.

Build quality is ordinary – we had to tighten up a couple of nuts with a pair of pliers to prevent the antennae from flopping around – and the inline power switch looks like it was borrowed from an Ikea table lamp.

What this little router lacks in glamour, however, it makes up for in core power. Despite that bargain-basement price, it’s a fully fledged dual-band router able to maintain concurrent wireless networks in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands. The two antennae at the rear are removable, so you can replace them with higher gain units if you want to extend the range.

Edimax BR-6475nD

It’s pretty good with the stock prongs, though. At close range over 2.4GHz we measured an average of 13.6MB/sec in our file transfer test, and at 5GHz that rose to 17.5MB/sec – another solid result. At range, the aerials help it out, with a rate of 3.1MB/sec over 2.4GHz and 2.2MB/sec over 5GHz, which are good scores.

And we like the BR-6475nD’s web interface. It isn’t flashy, but it’s clean and easy to find your way around. Plus, there are features that we didn’t expect from a router so cheap. Not only can you use it as a standard wireless router, but it will also function as a WDS bridge, or “universal repeater”, for extending the range of an existing compatible wireless network.

Edimax BR-6475nD rear

There’s also a simple QoS front-end for prioritising traffic by content: giving internal video streaming priority over internet traffic, for instance.

One thing that’s missing is a USB socket for sharing storage, printers or connecting 3G dongles. But at such a low price you have to sacrifice something; otherwise, this little Edimax router is a bargain buy.

Details

Price ex VAT £55
Price inc VAT £66
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 6
WiFi standard 802.11n
Modem type Cable

Wireless standards

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

LAN ports

Gigabit LAN ports 4
10/100 LAN ports 0

Features

Wireless bridge (WDS) yes
Interior antennae 0
Exterior antennae 2
802.11e QoS yes
User-configurable QoS yes
UPnP support yes
Dynamic DNS yes

Security

WEP support yes
WPA support yes
WPA Enterprise support yes
WPS (wireless protected setup) yes
MAC address filtering yes
DMZ support yes
VPN support yes
Port forwarding/virtual server yes
DoS protection yes
Web content filtering no
Email alerts no
Activity/event logging yes

Dimensions

Dimensions 181 x 111 x 26mm (WDH)