Aztech HW550-3G Router


With the world increasingly going “wireless,” it's very difficult to find a person living in major cities who still roots for the wired camp – or can even survive without an Internet connection. Wireless dongles and routers are fast becoming fixtures in Philippine households, and Aztech has come up with an offering that combines the best in today's routers and the popular USB broadband option. But is the HW550-3G a great matchmaker? Let's find out.

Size-wise, this Wireless-N router is at the same range as its competitors. It doesn't make the needle on the weighing scale wiggle that much, either. Indicator lights at the front of the unit may give users everything they need to know, but everyone knows all the action's at the back. 4 Ethernet ports, 1 WAN port, a DC jack, and a USB port for your trusty broadband dongle, external storage device, or printer are all positioned between 2 removable antennas for better wireless performance.

Consumers can go online with the HW550-3G in 2 ways: via the standard ADSL/cable method or via 3G broadband. The former can be done by any type of consumer without any need for user guides. Once you hook up the necessary cables for the power adapter and WAN and LAN ports, you can switch everything on and do the necessary tweaking on your Windows PC.

One very good thing about this Wireless-N router is that there's no need for you to install any software; you can set up your Internet connection by just typing in the router's IP address (192.168.2.1) on your Web browser. Aztech would then take you through a simple setup process that would have you online in less than 10 minutes. But here's the catch: For those who have Google Chrome as their default browser, you'll need to go back to either IE or Firefox to do the setup as Chrome isn't supported.

As can be expected, we didn't have any problems going the ADSL/cable route. Our secure Internet connection held up quite nicely even at the other end of the house. And for those who are wondering, no, your valuable Facebook/Twitter time won't be affected at all. Naturally, the number of computers and mobile devices that can go online at once will depend on what type of account you signed up for with your Internet provider.

The same, however, can't be said for the USB broadband variant. For this one, you'll say goodbye to the WAN port and call your USB modem into action. And again, you'll go into the Web interface and set up the appropriate connection.

In theory, it should go off without a hitch, but reality brings a different story. Before you can even think about sharing your USB broadband connection with everyone else, you need to take a good look at your modem and check for the model type. The Techie lab uses the popular Huawei E160 USB stick provided by the likes of Smart, Globe, and Sun, which, suprisingly, are supported by this router.

Yep, you read that right. This means many of the USB broadband users out there won't be able to take advantage of this router's 3G broadband feature. However, Aztech provides a list of the supported USB modems both on the packaging and on their website. It can't be said enough: Do your research before buying anything! If you happen to own the slightly newer Huawei E1550, then you shouldn't have any problem.

Overall, the Aztech HW550-3G facilitates shared connections well enough. Wireless N connectivity, good network and security support, and ease of use will keep most consumers happy and online for both work and play. But if you're itching to share your 3G broadband connection with the rest of the house, you need to check if your USB modem can play nice with this router.

Click here to see the Aztech HW550-3G Router in the Buyer's Guide.

 

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  • Easy to set up
  • No software installation required; setup is done via browser
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  • Connection setup works only on IE and Mozilla Firefox
  • Doesn't support all types of USB sticks
Bottom Line
  • Has a very appealing pitch, but requires a closer look at the fine print
Editor's Pick No
Price P2,350
Tech Specs
  • Protocol: Wireless 802.11b/g/n
  • Network Support:
    • 3G
    • PPPoE, DHCP, Static IP
    • MAC Cloning
    • Network Address Translation (NAT)
    • Multi-Range Port Forwarding
    • PPP Manual Connect/Disconnect
    • DDNS
  • Wireless Security Support
    • WEP (64-bit, 128-bit)
    • WPA-TSK Personal
    • WPA2-TSK Personal
    • TKIP, AES
  • Security Support:
    • NAT
    • Packet Filtering Firewall
    • Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
    • DoS Protection
    • Password Authentication for router
  • Ports
    • 4 x RJ45 for LAN
    • 1 x RJ45 for WAN
    • 1 x USB for 3G modem
  • Dimensions: 200 x 125 x 30.5mm



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COMMENTS
  • glaren November 2, 2020; 6:26 pm Report Abuse
    problem encountered during power shortage, my devices can no longer connect to the router, i should unplug the 3g modem, before it can accept dhcp connection, then reinsert the usb modem and connect to internet, but so far so good connection
    Last modified 9 months ago
  • agustin estrada December 12, 2020; 9:06 am Report Abuse
    who sells this router in metro manila?
    Last modified 9 months ago
  • Peter January 11, 2020; 11:26 am Report Abuse
    Where I can buy this? Sure buyer. Feel free to contact me @ 09324978999
    Last modified 8 months ago
  • Steven71 July 27, 2020; 8:51 pm Report Abuse
    This post is pending for approval. Webmaster
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