In addition to maintaining the network infrastructure at PCMag Labs, Mario tests all sorts of software and hardware tools that help small business get bigger. Plus, if a backward-compatible PCMag reviews products independently , but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. At the end of the day, the Barricade is best suited for users who already know what they’re doing. Beyond setting up the SSID, all you get is the ability to choose the operating mode mixed or SMC says support for

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SMC Barricade 150 Mbps 4-Port 10/100 Wireless N Router (SMCWBR14S-N4)

Packaging should be the same as what narricade found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. SMC says support for With four Ethernet ports and a bevy of firewall and administrative options but lackluster documentationthe Bardicade is an attractive choice only for small-business users who know their way around a router.

In addition, the PDF user guide is poorly organized, baricade the section that covers configuration of client IP settings. For example, the description of the network address translation setting says that NAT allows you to access the Internet from any computer in your home without having to buy more IP addresses.


I like the router, and would keep it if I was able to lock it from outside users. I barricaade to purchase another router. But that’s par for the course for Skip to main content. Visit manufacturer site for details. The wizard runs out of gas quickly, stopping cold after helping you establish a connection with your ISP. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.

SMC Barricade N Wireless Broadband Router (SMCWBR14S-N2) Review & Rating |

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Get Our Best Stories! An included CD contains a PDF manual filled with technical specs but makes no mention of setup procedures.

Wireless Data Rate Port 4. PCMag reviews products independentlybut we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Also, compared with similar N routers, this one runs hot. The video game that helped me understand my grandma’s dementia.

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See all 2 brand new listings. SMC also supplies an Ethernet cable. The result is a router that is not particularly friendly to consumers or business.

No security I am not able to secure it.

How your privacy gets cooked by those restaurant waitlist apps. To begin with, the unit is a four-port Ethernet router, enabling you to hard wire key desktops and servers. Pros Many unusual manual settings rare in consumer routers. We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. You may be able to achieve better performance in situations where you can establish a clear line of sight.


Advanced users can tweak the intrusion-detection and packet-inspection parameters, adjust time-outs for connections, and fiddle with nine settings to create a custom definition of a denial-of-service attack.

SMC Barricade N Wireless Broadband Router (SMCWBR14S-N2)

Worse, the help in the help files consists of brief descriptions that are often confusing. While I’m all for people understanding networking, the fact is that the best routers are those that are a bit closer to plug-and-play functionality. Few people send in a registration card, so this is a big gotcha for all but the most conscientious users.

Otherwise, you get only a brief day warranty. There’s no guarantee that the router will be upgradable to the final With top speeds and added features for gaming, security and network prioritization, the And because they’re on top, they’re of little use if you put the device on a high shelf which often produces the best coverageor even at eye level on top of a desktop PC.