Zyxel X150N wireless router review: Zyxel X150N wireless router

For wireless security, the X150N supports all existing popular methods of encryption, including WEP, WPA, and WPA2. It also offers MAC address filtering.

Performance
We tested the X150N against other Wireless-N routers, and though this is an unfair battle--as most of others were dual-stream routers--it performed well in our short range test.

In this test, the router was placed just 15 feet away from the client and was set up to offer the best possible throughput speed. It scored 37.3Mbps; at this speed, the X150N can finish transmitting 500MB of data in about 107 seconds.

In the 100-foot range test, however, the X150N scored much lower at 17.4Mbps. In the mixed mode test, where the router was set to work with multiple close range clients of different wireless standards, including N and legacy G, its score was close to that of the close range test at 32.2Mbps.

Overall, we were happy with the router's close range performance and wish its range performance were better. The router's range was also rather long for a single-stream router, at about 220 feet.

Unfortunately, the router didn't pass our 48-hour stress test, during which time it was set to transmit a large amount of data back and forth between different clients. The router reset once during this time, which was not the worst we've seen but we expected the router not to reset at all.

CNET Labs 2.4Ghz Wireless-N performance score (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Mixed mode  
Range  
Throughput  
TrendNet TEW-691GR
60.4 
26 
70.7 
D-Link DIR-825
55.04 
40.4 
57.44 
Belkin N+
36.16 
29.44 
55.44 
Asante AWRT-550N
45.5 
28 
52.5 
D-Link DIR-685
43.2 
46 
51.7 
Linksys WRT320N
40.8 
32.6 
45.3 
Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station
35.2 
21.12 
40.6 
Linksys WRT400N
38.2 
37.4 
40.1 
Zyxel X150N
32.2 
17.4 
37.3 
D-Link DIR-615
25.8 
21.7 
33.2 
Apple Time Capsule
20 
20.3 
32.2 

Service and support
Zyxel backs the X150N with a one-year warranty, during which time the technical support is free. The support page on Zyxel's site offers downloads for the firmware, manual, user guide, as well as other support resourses. The company's toll-free technical support is available Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. till 5 p.m. PT.

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Zyxel X150N wireless router

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  • Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11g
    IEEE 802.11b