Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W review: Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W

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The Good Simple setup; decent firewall protection; very good performance.

The Bad So-so warranty.

The Bottom Line Delivering great performance with an easy setup process, the CP-2W is a great value among wireless routers.

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Someone must have decreed that a cable/DSL router looks best in an anonymous dark green or basic black. But in its own nondescript way, the Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W wireless broadband gateway is a thing of beauty, sporting all the features that a home- or small-office network needs. In addition to feeding your broadband ISP connection to the computers on your network, the CP-2W has a four-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch, an 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless base station, good security, and easy customization via a Web-based interface. Someone must have decreed that a cable/DSL router looks best in an anonymous dark green or basic black. But in its own nondescript way, the Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W wireless broadband gateway is a thing of beauty, sporting all the features that a home- or small-office network needs. In addition to feeding your broadband ISP connection to the computers on your network, the CP-2W has a four-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch, an 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless base station, good security, and easy customization via a Web-based interface.

Manual heaven
Printed documentation is becoming rarer, so we were pleased to see a genuine 90-page user guide accompany the CP-2W's Getting Started poster. Best of all, the instruction material is well illustrated and easy to digest. After we attached our computers to each of the four available Ethernet ports and hooked up one end of the CP-2W to our cable modem, we had no difficulty getting things up and running on our small home network. (The CP-2W comes with one Ethernet cable to get you started.) The included CD-ROM contains a firmware update utility, as well as an online user guide and product-registration information.

Setting up a wireless network using the CP-2W is just as easy. The $230 wireless gateway supports the 802.11b standard and can communicate with notebook and desktop computers over radio waves within a 300-foot range at speeds up to 11Mbps. Of course, your range will vary depending on the number of walls, ceilings, and other objects present in your home or office. Also, remember that you'll need to install and configure a wireless-network adapter in each computer you plan to network.

Once you get everything connected, it takes just a few minutes to configure the CP-2W using the Web-based configuration tool. Simply type cp.home into the address bar of your Web browser and follow the onscreen instructions. From here, you can also view system information, configure advanced settings, and troubleshoot your network.

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Where to Buy

Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W

Part Number: 241274001

MSRP: $199.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Ports Qty 4
  • Type none
  • Data Transfer Rate 11 Mbps
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet
    Fast Ethernet
    IEEE 802.11b