OvisLink has been busy. It has released not one, not two, but SIX (count em) new wired and wireless routers. Bring on the F-Types.
For those of you passing a casual eye over the photos in this article you may dispute this, but let me assure you we do not have two routers repeated three times here, but in fact six routers sharing the same case. As you may have guessed, this is OvisLink's new design and they are rather proud of it (the blue colouring certainly makes a difference from all the silver and black out there).
That said, we don’t really care what our routers looks like, more what they can do and to this end there is a lot of choice depending on your requirements and budget. So let’s look at the basics.
All come with support for Fast Ethernet (up to 100Mbps Internet connection speed) meaning they are ready for use with the latest broadband connections such as VDSL (up to 52Mbps downstream and 2.3Mbps upstream) and services like FTTH (Fibre to the Home, ie multiple services through one line. Think Homechoice).
Wake-On-LAN and Special FTP port (the manual redirection of FTP traffic to a port other than the standard port 21 so that the FTP server can continue to operate even when the ISP blocks certain ports) are also included across the range. As is AirLiveGuard, OvisLink’s wireless security programme which can handle WPA, WPA-PSK and WEP standards over a PC or Mac.
Connection anywhere in the world shouldn’t be a problem either as the F Series covers not only the standard cable modem, fixed IP and PPPoE client xDSL, but added support for PPTP (Holland, Austria, England, Israel, Czech Republic – wonderful country), L2TP (Holland, Israel), Telstra Bigpond Cable (Australia) and SingTel RAS (Singamore).
Finally, up to 31 tunnels can been supported on the F Series with speeds of up to 8Mbps per tunnel.
What divides these routers is whether you want a wired or wireless edition, a USB Printer Server, VPN or 802.11g+ (125Mbps). The price break down for these features is as follows:
*IP-1000R wired four port router - £27
*WL-1000R wireless four port router - £49
*IP-1000UR wired four port router with USB printer server - £34.50
*WL-1000UR wireless four port router with USB printer server - £59
*IP-8000VPN wired four port VPN router - £59
*WL -8000VPN wireless 125Mbps four port VPN router - £91
All prices exclude VAT. If you are having trouble distinguishing the three sets of photos they pair off from cheapest to most expensive. Trust me, it was even worse trying to splice them together and pair them up. Hint: the differences are in the LEDS :)