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Edimax nLite 3G-6200n 3G Broadband Router review: Edimax nLite 3G-6200n 3G Broadband Router

Edimax's nLite 3G-capable router might sucker you in with a bargain price point, but you'll pay a hefty frustration price along the way.

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Edimax's previous router, the Edimax nMax AR-7265Wn Wireless 802.11n ADSL2/2+ modem router has the unfortunate distinction of being the slowest wireless-N router we've tested at CNET so far. The company's latest offering is a little cheaper and surprisingly packs in a few more features, most notably the inclusion of 3G broadband capability via a USB modem.


Edimax nLite 3G-6200n 3G Broadband Router

The Good

Inexpensive for a 3G-capable wireless-N router.

The Bad

Ordinary throughput. Doesn't come with 3G APN details pre-programmed. Insane choice of position for USB socket.

The Bottom Line

Edimax's nLite 3G-capable router might sucker you in with a bargain price point, but you'll pay a hefty frustration price along the way.

At least from the front, the 3G-6200n looks much like any other router. Similar to the recently reviewed and rather spectacular Asus RT-N16, it's an all-white model with blinking display lights at the front, and a single fixed antenna. Out the back the 3G-6200n sports four 10/100 Ethernet ports, inbound WAN and single USB socket that has a rare distinction amongst 3G capable routers to date.

Unfortunately for any buyer of the 3G-6200n, it's a distinction of rank stupidity. The USB port is placed right next to the AC adapter plug, and in such close proximity that it's completely impossible to actually plug in a 3G USB modem without the use of an extension cable. Other 3G routers, such as the NetComm 3G18Wn or Axim MR-108N, get past this problem by putting the USB socket on the side or front of the router, where it's also easy to remove if you need to take it with you. We can only presume that Edimax's designers were asleep at the drawing table when the 3G-6200n was being planned.

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The 3G-6200n is a 2.4GHz-only wireless-N router with support for either 3G or ADSL connections. You'll need to have pretty much all of your connection details handy, however. Like the AR-7265Wn, the 3G-6200n's interface is pretty clumsy and has no details for Australian 3G providers. We've tested a number of 3G capable routers that knew the basic APN settings for each of the major Australian providers, and while they're not impossible to find out, it's a somewhat fiddly process. Even getting ADSL working on our test connection took more work than we'd really like. If you're already comfortable with networking terminology you'd survive the 3G-6200n set-up process, but there's no way we'd recommend this to a novice networker.


Once we'd configured the 3G-6200n, it ran well with an incoming iiNet ADSL2+ service and a Vodafone 3G USB modem on the supplied extension cable, at least from a connection standpoint. Signal strength and throughput were another story, though.

Signal strength: 2.4GHz

Distance from router
15m (minor walls)
15m (multiple walls)
Edimax nLite 3G-6200n 88% 58% 54%
Asus RT-N16 93% 62% 65%
Asus RT-N13U 87% 60% 59%
iiNet BoB 90% 55% 54%
NetComm 3G18Wn 83% 59% 59%
Belkin N+ Wireless Router 88% 63% 62%
Edimax nMax AR-7265Wn 77% 58% 55%
NetComm NP802n 79% 49% 52%
Linksys WRT610N 79% 50% 53%
Netgear WNDR3300 85% 44% 45%
Netgear WNHDEB111 84% 50% 55%
Linksys WAG160N 70% 53% 48%
Billion BiPAC 7300N 75% 59% 54%
Conceptronic 300Mbps 92% 62% 60%

The 3G-6200n's signal strength figures weren't a huge surprise, coming as they did from a single 2.4GHz antenna.

Throughput: 2.4GHz

Distance between PCs
2m, no barriers
20m, multiple walls
Edimax nLite 3G-6200n 11.2Mbps 10.8Mbps
Asus RT-N16 29.75Mbps 28.19Mbps
Asus RT-N13U 25.63Mbps 25.38Mbps
iiNet BoB 21.5Mbps 21.5Mbps
NetComm 3G18Wn 27.6Mbps 27.6Mbps
Belkin N+ Wireless Router 31.75Mbps 31.35Mbps
Edimax nMax AR-7265Wn 2.95Mbps 3.09Mbps
NetComm NP802n 18.2Mbps 16.4Mbps
Linksys WRT610N 22.3Mbps 7.91Mbps
Netgear WNDR3300 11.8Mbps 9.81Mbps
Netgear WNHDEB111 18.4Mbps 16.7Mbps
Linksys WAG160N 19.8Mbps 15.2Mbps
Billion BiPAC 7300N 21Mbps 13.3Mbps
Conceptronic 300Mbps 15Mbps 7.7Mbps

The 3G-6200n did manage to erase our memories of the AR-7265Wn, but not by much. Its throughput scores were still well towards the bottom of the pack, and if you're in an area with lots of wireless interference sources, that's not likely to be good enough.

There is one big catch with the 3G-6200n that could make it a worthwhile investment. It is very inexpensive. With an asking price of AU$149, it's around a hundred dollars cheaper than its faster competitors. We'd suggest spending extra on a unit with much better throughput such as the NetComm 3G18Wn would be a better investment, but at the end of the day the 3G-6200n does work. Not quickly, and it's a rather obtusely designed router, but it does work. If you can put up with slow and stubborn, there's certainly no cheaper way to get a 3G-capable router.