SMC SMCWGBR14-N Barricade N router review: SMC SMCWGBR14-N Barricade N router

In anecdotal testing, the SMC was able to maintain its signal over long ranges. In our test environment, which has a lot of walls and other interference, we were still able pick up stable signals from the router at 300 feet, an impressive distance. By comparison, the Netgear WNR854T RangeMax started to drop its signal at around 270 feet.

SMC backs the SMCWGBR14-N Barricade N with a generous lifetime warranty, provided you register the product within 30 days of purchase. The only catch is that the lifetime warranty lasts only as long as the product is an "active" SMC product, meaning that it hasn't been replaced with a newer model. Given the lifespan of a router, we think this arrangement is preferable to the industry standard one-year warranty. The company's Web site is as intuitive as the router's Web interface, where you can find firmware, manual downloads, and FAQ pages, as well as contact SMC support by e-mail. Toll-free phone support is available 24-7; we dialed the number listed and quickly got hold of a representative who was helpful and patient. All in all, we had a very pleasant experience with the company's technical support.

Ixia IxChariot maximum throughput tests (at 15 feet, in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Throughput max  
SMC SMCWGBR14-N Barricade N
83.7 
Asus WL-500W 802.11n
62.9 

Ixia IxChariot maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and draft N clients (at 15 feet, in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Mixed throughput  
Asus WL-500W 802.11n
55.1 
SMC SMCWGBR14-N Barricade N
52.4 

Ixia IxChariot long-range tests (Measured indoors at 200 feet, in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Throughput at 200 feet  
Asus WL-500W 802.11n
29.7 
SMC SMCWGBR14-N Barricade N
24.3 

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