EnGenius XtraRange ESR750H Dual-Band Wireless-N Router ReviewFri, Sep 14, 2012 - 12:00 AM
EnGenius ESR750H XtraRange Dual-Band Wireless-N Router
The EnGenius ESR750H is actually a dual-band router that will theoretically run at speeds up to 750MHz. The router has 4 Gigabit ports with an additional Gigabit WAN port for fast file transfer and internet access. Along with a built-in USB port for additional storage or a printer, EnGenius has given this router 4 different ways for your guest to access you network as well. Users can enable up to four separate and discrete SSIDs. This gives family members or office workers the ability to offer visitors Internet access or access to specific devices, like printers, while protecting other computers and peripherals on the network.
This smart router also employs intelligent QoS (Quality of Service) to prioritize bandwidth-intensive applications like HD video and gaming or bandwidth sensitive applications like VoIP (Voice over IP) telephone calls for optimal connectivity.
If you don’t know too much about EnGenius Technologies, Inc. don’t feel too bad (neither did I). EnGenius is a fairly new company created in 1999 under the umbrella of Senao Networks in Taiwan. The majority of Sanao’s business centers mostly around its RF communications products but they have been an OEM partner to many leading manufacturers in the WLAN and WBX network markets.
With its dual external antenna, the ESR750H is physically much smaller than our previously reviewed Netgear R6300 that we consider our ‘gold standard’ in routers. The cost of the ESR750H is a lot easier to swallow for those not needing the latest and greatest technology, however.
On paper, this router looks to have everything you could ask for in a sub-$100 router for your home or small office.
EnGenius ESR750H Featured Specifications:
- Frequency Band
- 2.400~2.484 GHz (11b/11g/11n) and 5GHz (11a/11n)
- OFDM: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
- BPSK, DQPSK, CCK
- 11 for North America, 13 for Europe, 14 for Japan
- (Optimal) -90 dBm
- Detachable external 5 dBi antennas and 3 internal 3.5dBi antennas
- L2TP & PPTP VPN tunneling
- VPN pass-through (PPTP, L2TP, IPSEC)
- 802.1x Authenticator
- Hide SSID in beacons
EnGenius has a large catalog of home networking routers (that you can see below). The router that we are reviewing today, the ESR750H, is considered Engenius’ Flagship model.
Well enough about what this router should be able to do, let’s set up the router and take a look at how it performs in the real world!