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 ZyXEL Prestige 314 Broadband Sharing Gateway

 Author: Tim Higgins
 Review Date: 8/3/2000


Model: Prestige 314

Pros:

- Very Fast!
- Reliable PPPoE connection

 
Cons :

- Limited, single port mapping.
- Access control (Filters) difficult to configure

 

 


Updates

9/5/00 Deleted references to Serial cable.  No longer included.

8/16/00 Pricing and availability info added.


 

The Basics

Indicators
  • Power

  • Test

  • 100Mbps, Link/Activity, for each of four LAN ports

  • Link/Activity  for the WAN port

Connectors
  • One RJ45 10BaseT for the WAN

  • Four RJ45 auto sensing 10/100BaseT LAN

  • Power

  • Console (9p female D serial port)

Comes with
  • printed Installation guide sheet

  • CDRom with HTML Applications notes, PDF copy of User guide

  • one normal UTP cable

  • one crossover UTP cable

Other 
  • NO Hardware Reset switch

  • HAS Normal / Crossover switch for LAN Port 4.


What it is!

It's no secret (no longer anyway...) that ZyXEL is the design force behind Netgear's recent routers.  The Prestige 310 and Netgear RT311 single LAN port routers are twins, and now so are the P314 and Netgear RT314.  The differences between the two companies' offerings have been different warranty policies (advantage Netgear), different pricing (advantage Netgear),  and different schedule for firmware updates (advantage ZyXEL). Both companies have nice web support areas, although I like the organization of ZyXEL's better than Netgear's.

This time, however, there is actually three differences between the P314 and Netgear RT314:

  1. The P314 has a Normal/Uplink switch that affects Port 4, for easy expansion of the P314's port count.  The Netgear doesn't have this switch.

  2. The P314's default address is 192.168.1.1 vs. the RT314's 192.168.0.1.

  3. The P314 comes with normal UTP and crossover cables vs. just a normal UTP cable with the Netgear

Note that the P314's hardware is completely different than that of the Prestige 310 and includes a faster processor.  This means that although you can upgrade the Prestige 310 firmware to 3.20 and get the same feature set, you won't be able to increase the speed of the Prestige 310.

ZyXEL is launching the P314 with promotional pricing of $175 for a limited time.  Product is available direct from ZyXEL's on-line shop for US customers and will soon be available from on-line retailers such as Onvia and Hardware Buyline.

You can download (your may need to right-click on the download links) the user's manual from here (890kB PDF file), firmware from here, and access Prestige series FAQ here and support notes here.

So for all the details, go on over and read the RT314 review


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