Bigpond Elite Wireless BroadBand Network Gateway review: Bigpond Elite Wireless BroadBand Network Gateway

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
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The Good Decent data speeds during tests. . Wireless range is good. . 4 LAN ports and 2 USB ports.

The Bad Bulky design. . Expensive for decent data packs.

The Bottom Line It looks like a router and it certainly works like a router, and if you can get decent Next G speeds where you are then the Wireless Gateway could offer a decent home internet solution compared to the cost of ADSL 2.

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Design and features

Standard networking equipment and wireless broadband modems rarely share the same design or feature set. Wireless modems tend to be tiny, like USB flash drives, but the Bigpond Elite Wireless BroadBand Network Gateway (a mouthful of a title) is almost unrecognisable as a wireless modem, short of the prominent Telstra branding, with a large form Wi-Fi router appearance.

This change in appearance indicates the main difference between the BigPond Gateway and almost every other broadband wireless modem available; this modem is made for sharing. Its larger size accommodates a range of features we don't usually see in 3G broadband modems, namely the Gateway's four Ethernet ports and two USB ports. This allows for four wired PC connections while saving the two USB ports for connecting an external harddrive or a shared printer. The Gateway also has Wi-Fi so even more PCs can be added to the network to share the user's Telstra BigPond monthly data allowance.

The Gateway is a rebranded NetComm 3G21WG wireless modem/router, and as such it comes with the same security features you'd expect in an ADSL modem/router. It sports NAT/PAT port filtering, MAC address and IP filtering and WEP/WPA/WPA2 wireless password protection. The 3G radio supports dual-band 850/2100MHz frequencies and boasts HSPA speed maximums of 21Mbps downlink and 5.8Mbps uplink, though Telstra only guarantee speeds of between 550kbps and 3Mbps.

Performance

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Bigpond Elite Wireless BroadBand Network Gateway

Part Number: CNETBigpond Elite Wireless BroadBand Network Gateway

Typical Price: $399.00

See manufacturer website for availability.