CNET First Look
EnGenius Wireless ESR9855G 300N gaming routerThe EnGenius Wireless ESR9855G 300Mbps gaming router makes a great home router, but its random wireless signal resets might steer away online gamers.
[Music] ^M00:00:03 >>Most wireless routers look kind of the same, mundane, and sort of boring, but once in a while, you run into one that has [inaudible] fashion. Still, the name can remain a mouthful though. Hello, my name is [inaudible] and this is the Ingenious wireless ESR 9855G300N gaming router. Unlike most routers, this one is kind of colorful with a bright top and the rest in bright orange, almost as bright as my tee shirt here. It has only two antennas as opposed to three in many others. The interesting design here is that the antennas are put on the side, clear from the port on the back. The router has no USB port; this means that it has no support for USB devices such as; printers or external hard drives. It also doesn't have support for dual band or guest networking either. The router has four LAN ports and one WAN port. These ports are all gigabit, which is great for [inaudible] clients. Also on the back, you will find on off switch. The router has four rubber feet to keep it grounded on any surface, but it is also wall mountable. On top, the router has the WI-FI protector setup button that actually has three purposes. If you press on it quickly, it will start the two minute window time, when other WPS editable devices can enter the network, if you press and hold it for six to ten seconds, that will restart the router, and if you press and hold the button for longer than eleven seconds, the router will reset its settings to the factory defaults. Now that's convenient, but make sure you keep the router out of the children's reach. They sure wouldn't want to play with this button. Performance wise, the Ingenious has very fast speed and a very long range, however, it's one signal could be more stable. In our stress test, the signal reset a few times during a 48 hours period. This means it might randomly kick you out when online game. Not really a good thing for our gamers who want to connect to the internet via a wireless connection. All things considered though, I think, the router is worth its 100 dollars price. For more information, please check out the full review at cnet.com. My name is [inaudible] and this has been the first look ever Ingenious wireless ESR 9855G300N gaming router. ^M00:02:08 [Music]