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SMC SMCWBR14-N Barricade N Draft Wireless Broadband Router review

SMC SMCWBR14-N 802.11n (Draft 1.0) Wireless Broadband Router

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SMC Networks is one of the latest of the major networking vendors to release wireless equipment based on the Draft 1.0 specification of 802.11n, beefing up their Barricade line of home wireless routers. The first product in the new Barricade N series is the SMCWBR14-N Wireless Broadband Router. Anyone following the developments in wireless networking would have noted the muted reception of Draft-N equipment due to their poor and inconsistent performance and coverage. Our own experience with Draft-N routers have been far from satisfactory, though we have tested a few decent performers such as the D-Link DIR-635, which incidentally is also based on the same chipset and shares more than a few similarities with the SMCWBR14-N. The SMCWBR14-N on its own is actually a simple 4-port xDSL broadband router in-line with SMC's past Barricade series; its full specifications are listed in the table below: