The Good Simple setup; decent firewall protection; very good performance.
The Bad So-so warranty.
The Bottom Line Delivering great performance with an easy setup process, the CP-2W is a great value among wireless routers.
|Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W||Eero Wi-Fi System||Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station||T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ZTE MF61||Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)|
|Price||$8 Amazon.com||$250 Amazon.com||$180 Amazon.com||$199 MSRP||$179 Amazon.com|
Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W
Someone must have decreed that a cable/DSL router looks best in an anonymous dark green or basic black. But in its own nondescript way, the Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W wireless broadband gateway is a thing of beauty, sporting all the features that a home- or small-office network needs. In addition to feeding your broadband ISP connection to the computers on your network, the CP-2W has a four-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch, an 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless base station, good security, and easy customization via a Web-based interface.Someone must have decreed that a cable/DSL router looks best in an anonymous dark green or basic black. But in its own nondescript way, the Compaq iPaq Connection Point CP-2W wireless broadband gateway is a thing of beauty, sporting all the features that a home- or small-office network needs. In addition to feeding your broadband ISP connection to the computers on your network, the CP-2W has a four-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch, an 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless base station, good security, and easy customization via a Web-based interface.
Printed documentation is becoming rarer, so we were pleased to see a genuine 90-page user guide accompany the CP-2W's Getting Started poster. Best of all, the instruction material is well illustrated and easy to digest. After we attached our computers to each of the four available Ethernet ports and hooked up one end of the CP-2W to our cable modem, we had no difficulty getting things up and running on our small home network. (The CP-2W comes with one Ethernet cable to get you started.) The included CD-ROM contains a firmware update utility, as well as an online user guide and product-registration information.
Setting up a wireless network using the CP-2W is just as easy. The $230 wireless gateway supports the 802.11b standard and can communicate with notebook and desktop computers over radio waves within a 300-foot range at speeds up to 11Mbps. Of course, your range will vary depending on the number of walls, ceilings, and other objects present in your home or office. Also, remember that you'll need to install and configure a wireless-network adapter in each computer you plan to network.
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