CNET First Look
Zyxel X-550NH wireless routerDespite having long range, because of its terrible wireless throughput and stability performance, the Zyxel X-550NH Wireless Router should be used only as a wired router.
>> Dong: [Music] Once in a while there's a product that promises a lot and then lets you down big time. I have here an example. Hello, my name is Dong Ngo, and this is the Zyxel X-550 NAS wireless router. Just from the look, you would guess that this is supposed to be a big deal. First off, it's big, literally. The X-550 NAS is one of the biggest wireless routers we have seen, and secondly, it come with a set of High Gain [inaudible] antenna, which is also big. To use it, first, you have remove the regular ones. The High Gain antenna come with three long wires. They're made this way so that they can be put far from the router to a location that's supposedly best for the signal. This means, however, they're going to be a lot of wires running all over the place. On the back beside the antenna is a port. The router has 4 gigabyte LAN for wire connections and one one [assumed spelling] port to connect to a broadband modem There's also a Wi-Fi protection setup or a WPS button. It'd be a better design if this button were put on the front of the router because it's used often when you want to connect a WPS and a [inaudible] device to the network. We actually don't mind the router's design and its bulky size too much. What is more disappointing is the router's performance. In our testing, it was by a large margin among the slowest wireless end [assumed spelling] router we tested. The worst part is the router signal stability. The router's [inaudible] rather frequently make things impossible for us to recommend it as a wireless router. The only thing good about it's signal is the range, which is really long. Other than that, the X-550 and its offers VPN and a good set of network features. For the price of around $140, however, there are many alternative on the market that can easily outperform the X-550 [inaudible]. For more information on how the router is not worth the investment, check out the in-depth review at cnet.com. My name is Dong Ngo, and this has been the first look at the X-550 and its wireless router from Zyxel. [Music]