Encore ENHWI-N

Posted on: 03/12/09 by Elijah Mendoza

It's 2009 and Wi-Fi N is still in its draft stage, but does anyone really care? The market is already flooded with Draft N-spec'd accessories, and this is proof that people just aren't willing to wait for the final version.

Take one of the most affordable Wi-Fi Draft N routers available in the market, the Encore ENHWI-N router, for example. It's a no-nonsense approach to upgrading your home network. It's a complete no-brainer to install. And it works with everything we threw at it without so much as a smidgeon of a compatibility issue.

It takes less than 20 minutes to get everything up and running. The process we went through included hooking up meters of cabling and inputting individual network configurations for six bandwidth-hungry computers (two desktops, one PS3, one PSP, one EEE PC, and a Pavilion laptop).

For Wi-Fi use, the ENHWI-N and its MIMO [multiple-in, multiple-out] antenna worked like a charm. Bandwidth was seamlessly managed even with several computers simultaneously accessing each other's content and the Interwebs. HD videos were also streamed from one computer to another via LAN with nary a whimper. 

Though fully backward-compatible, the ENHWI-N does not improve the performance of other Wi-Fi G-enabled gadgets like the PS3. We were able to stream videos through Wi-Fi using Tversity, but after 10 minutes, the PS3's Wi-Fi G transceiver gave up and the videos began stuttering. Moral of the story? Stick to hard wires whenever possible.

The ENHWI-N is a budget solution to your Wi-Fi N needs. It doesn't have the style of the D-Link DIR-655 or the functionality and flair of the Belkin N1 Vision, but it gives you the most bang for your buck.

 

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  • Cheap
  • Easy to set up. Does not even come with an installer
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  • Unflattering design. Limited warranty
Bottom Line
  • Well worth its selling price. A great buy
Editor's Pick No
Price P2,480
Tech Specs

Compatibility:

  • Wi-Fi N Draft 2.0, and Wi-Fi b/g
  • LAN: 4 port 10/100Mbps Ethernet, RJ-45
  • WAN: One RJS45 port


Security:

  • 64/128-bits WEP Encryption
    WPA, WPA2, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK

Range:

  • Indoor: Up to 100 meters
  • Outdoor: Up to 300 meters


Dimensions:

  • 200x119x32mm (without antenna)


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