Billion BiPAC 7700N Price
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Billion BiPAC 7700N Wireless ADSL2+ RouterBox Hill, City CBD, Dandenong & Frankston
Billion BiPAC 7700N Review
The Billion BiPAC 7700N is as small and straightforward as any low-end modem/router can be. Equipped only with the most essential features, it’s an economical networking solution for home use. Aside from its very affordable retail price, the router also doubles as a modem, so users don’t have to purchase one from their ISP upon subscription. At 150 x 110 x 22mm, it’s quite easy to see just how compact the 7700N is. One would even mistake it for a single-port router, but instead, it has four 10/100 Ethernet LAN connections, two external antennas, a WiFi on/off switch and a WPS button. The rest of its external features include fully functional status LED lights, a phone line input, a power socket and slots for wall mounting. The white casing will definitely catch dust sooner than later, but routers such as this are meant to be appreciated for its function, not aesthetics. While 10/100 Ethernet connection is not something to write home about, the 7700N’s 2.4GHz, wireless-n performance is commendable. Under ideal RF conditions, the router exceeds expectations with its optimal range of 15 meters and maximum transfer speed of more than 7MBps. Note, however, that mid- to high-end ADSL2+ routers such as the Cisco Linksys X2000 and Netgear DGDN3700 can do much better for the extra cost. There are also plenty of negative feedback on signal integrity, so users who rely heavily on uninterrupted web connection such as online gamers may have to look to other brands. Those familiar with previous Billion models will find the 7700N’s UI a bit unfamiliar chiefly because of the added ADSL2+ settings. But setup is fairly easy even for beginners, provided that they don’t stray too far from the basic configurations. Tech-savvy people, on the other hand, will find enough things to tinker with such as port forwarding, UPnP, QoS and dynamic DNS. It can even act as a wireless bridge and has parental controls where users can filter URLs and keywords and impose internet access curfew. As recent routers move towards simultaneous dual band transmission, this model is stuck with only the 2.4GHz bandwidth. The wireless guest network – if it could be considered a network at all – is rather limited, as well, supporting only up to three clients at a time. People looking for a router that can handle large-file transfers with VPN, IPv6, 3G support also won’t find it in the 7700N. Some users have openly expressed their frustrations over this router, which is not surprising at all, since more and more people are beginning to understand how they can effectively use and control their web access. But given its limitations, the 7700N still makes a pretty decent entry-level router for small abodes and is a practical alternative to routers touted as “all-in-one” network devices.