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

How fast is fast?
In CNET Labs' tests, the CP-2W performed very well. At 4.4Mbps, its wireless throughput matched that of the Proxim Skyline 802.11b wireless broadband gateway and beat the D-Link DI-714 wireless broadband router. The CP-2W handled Ethernet networking ably as well; at 88.9Mbps, it fell just a few percentage points behind the D-Link, which clocked 92.3Mbps. However, the differences are negligible unless you are transferring lots of big files.

The CP-2W's built-in NAT firewall also rose to the occasion. When we ran a series of Web-based tests from Gibson Research Corporation, the port-probing utilities were absolutely unable to find the IP addresses of any of the computers on our network. For wireless connections, the CP-2W supports 64- or 128-bit WEP encryption. It also has other features you'd expect from a router of this class, including packet filtering; MAC-address recognition; and support for VPN (virtual private networking), DMZ (demilitarized zone), and virtual-server settings.

Average warranty and support
The CP-2W comes with a strictly average one-year parts and labor warranty. Toll-free technical support is available 24/7 during the warranty period, though, and Compaq's Web site is a rich resource for support information and software updates.

The Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W is easy to set up and comes with plenty of supporting documentation. It also combines good performance with a full feature set, making it an attractive solution for a small home or office network.

Throughput tests
Measured in Mbps (longer bars indicate better performance)
Chariot Ethernet   
Chariot 802.11b   
Linksys EtherFast wireless AP and cable/DSL router with four-port switch
92.5 
4.2 
D-Link DI-714 wireless broadband router with four-port switch
92.3 
3.5 
Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W wireless broadband gateway
88.9 
4.4 
Proxim Skyline 802.11b wireless broadband gateway
80.7 
4.4 
 
How we tested
For practical throughput tests, CNET Labs uses NetIQ's Chariot software as our benchmark. For our wireless testing, the clients and routers are set up to transmit at short ranges and maximum signal strength.

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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 Fast Ethernet