Edimax BR-6504n nMax Wireless 802.11n Broadband Router review: Edimax BR-6504n nMax Wireless 802.11n Broadband Router

Unlike most recent Draft N routers, the Edimax doesn't support Gigabit Ethernet. This fact doesn't affect wireless performance and shouldn't matter for those merely looking to share an Internet connection, but the wired 10/100 LAN connection can become a bottleneck should you be setting up your network to stream files from your wired desktop or home server to the various laptops and other wireless devices in your home.

We tested the router with Edimax's nMax Wireless LAN Cardbus (EW-7708Pn). On our maximum throughput test, the Edimax BR-6504N turned in an acceptable score of 76.7Mbps, which trailed slightly behind the leaders but well ahead of the woeful LevelOne. It did better on our mixed mode test, where it topped the chart at 68.0Mbps, making it a good choice if you have both Draft N and older .11g clients communicating on your network. The throughput of the router waned rather rapidly with the distance; in CNET Labs' long-range test, its score was reduced to a mere 11.4Mbps when broadcasting at 200 feet.

The Edimax BR-6504N ships with a two-year warranty, which is relatively generous considering the average is only one year. At its Web site, you can download latest firmware as well as an electronic version of the Installation Guide and Manual. At the time of the review, there was no phone technical support listed at the site. We managed to learn from its North America sales department that a technical (toll) phone support is available from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.PST weekdays at 408-988-6092. We tried the number and, to our pleasant surprise, almost immediately got hold of a person who was very helpful.

Maximum throughput tests (at 15 feet, in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Throughput max  

Maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and draft N clients (at 15 feet, in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Mixed throughput  

Long-range tests (measured indoors at 200 feet, in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Throughput at 200 feet  

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    Edimax BR-6504n nMax Wireless 802.11n Broadband Router

    Part Number: BR-6504n Released: Jul 1, 2007
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    • Release date Jul 1, 2007
    • Remote Management Protocol HTTP
    • Data Transfer Rate 300 Mbps
    • Connectivity Technology wireless