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 SMC 7004WBR Barricade Wireless Broadband Router

 Author: Tim Higgins
 Review Date: 1/19/2001


Model: SMC7004WBR

Pros: - Fast routing and wireless speed.
- Supports dialup modem WAN connection.
- Has built-in Windows/LPR printserver
Cons: - No wireless performance monitoring features


Review Updates

6/26/01 Discontinued. Replaced by the SMC7004AWBR.


The Basics

Indicators
  • "M1" Status

  • "M2" Status

  • WAN Link/Activity

  • LAN Link/Activity

  • Wireless Link

  • Wireless Activity

  • Ethernet LAN Link/Activity (3)

  • Ethernet LAN 10/100 (3)

Connectors
  • One RJ45 10BaseT Ethernet WAN

  • Three RJ45 10/100BaseT switched Ethernet LAN

  • One DB9M "COM" port.

  • One DB25F parallel printer port.

  • Power

Comes with
  • printed Quick Installation Guide

  • CDRom with PDF copies of documentation and print server client installer

  • One CAT5 UTP cable

  • 100-240V Power supply

Other
  • Two moveable position, non-detachable dipole "rabbit ears"

  • Hardware reset button

  • On-Off switch

  • NO Uplink port or Normal / Crossover switch for LAN Ports (see this page if this concerns you!)

Short and sweet!

SMC's Wireless Barricade (WBR) is essentially the same product as the previously reviewed D-Link's DI-713 Wireless Router Plus Switch, but with a few differences:

  • the WBR has a built-in LPR compatible print server.

  • the WBR doesn't come with a printed user manual, just PDF docs on CDROM

  • the WBR is less expensive

  • the admin interface is different from the D-Link's but similar to other Barricades. The same functions are presented in both products... the navigation and look of the pages are different (see screen shots below)

  • the default ESSID comes set as "default"

  • the default IP address is set to 192.168.123.254

SMC Wireless Barricade Wireless Setting screen SMC Wireless Barricade Miscellaneous Items screen

Both products use the same boards internally, with the WBR's board loaded with the print server components. For all the details and speed numbers, just go read the D-Link review.

Summary

SMC gets the nod if you're trying to decide between the WBR and the D-Link DI-713. Although there's only about a $40 price difference between the two products (as of Jan 19, 2001), the WBR has a built-in printserver.

SMC has toll-free 24/7 Tech Support, too, but I wouldn't let that be the deciding factor, given the reported difficulties that folks are having reaching pretty much everyone's Tech support people lately! On the other hand, SMC has been very good at posting firmware updates (which their Web site has right now for the WBR).


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