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iiNet's second take on the BoB (Broadband in a Box, which we'veshould make it BiaB) modem-router concept carries the suffix of "Lite", but that's definitely not a comment on its relative size. BoB Lite is a big boy in the modem world, and you'll need a bit of desk space to accommodate him, albeit not quite as much as with the original BoB.
It's also the only router we've seen to date that, out of the box has the words "Hurrah!" printed on it in big friendly letters. For those of a less bombastic nature, this is just a sticker detailing the initial set-up procedure that can be removed if you wish.
BoB Lite's whole shtick is that you can just plug it in and let it do its thing; it should in theory communicate with iiNet's servers, grab your password and user details based on the phone line you're connecting from. It's worth noting that if you do that, your network is by default laid bare for the world to access. iiNet concedes this point with a slim leaflet in the box that suggests you set up a wireless access password. Call us picky, but even a simple predefined password would be a better bet for a product that's pitched squarely at networking novices.
BoB Lite is a 300Mbps-capable 802.11n wireless modem-router. Like its ancestor, the, it's operating on the 2.4GHz range, and just like the original BoB, there's a secondary 2.4GHz radio embedded within. By default it's switched off, which should improve throughput on the primary radio, but if you wanted two competing 2.4GHz networks in a very small space, it's there.
BoB Lite has four 10/100 Ethernet ports, one VoIP port, one PSTN fail-over port and two USB ports for USB storage, device charging and 3G compatible modems, although one of these ports is located on the base of the router underneath a catch flap. If you were using a larger USB modem — something likesprings to mind — there's no way you'd be able to use the base USB port for that purpose. We also found after extended testing that the closed hatch on the base is a great way to heat up your USB modem, which isn't all that good for it.