Introduction

Today, we will be taking a look at the Gigabyte 802.11g VPN Wireless Router (GN-BR404W). The Gigabyte GN-BR404W is targeted at users and small businesses, incorporating all the essential networking functions into one package. The GN-BR404W includes a wireless 802.11g compliant access point (AP), which lets users connect wireless 802.11b/g devices to the network while the router function lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection. And finally, the Virtual Private Network (VPN) function allows remote users to connect to your home or office network securely via the Internet.

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  • Wesleyrpg - Sunday, August 22, 2004 - link

    kris, i sent the email to brian, but for some reason it bounced on your email address? is it still kris@anandtech.com? if it is different could you please update your contact info on the 'contact us' part of the website.

    thanks heaps

    Adam
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  • KristopherKubicki - Saturday, August 21, 2004 - link

    Wesleyrpg, send an email to brian and CC me, i will make sure ASUS sends us one.

    Kristopher
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  • Wesleyrpg - Saturday, August 21, 2004 - link

    great review and a nice router, however i currently have my eye on the Asus WL-500g, which looks kinda interesting because it has a usb port on the back on the router which can be used with webcams and USB harddrives and then can be used as a server.

    Do you guys at anandtech have any plans on reviewing the WL-500g, as i respect your opinions on all things hardware and would love to know what you guys think of it.

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  • Wesleyrpg - Saturday, August 21, 2004 - link

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  • schmoe - Saturday, August 21, 2004 - link

    I believe its a router from the configuration screens and the title of the article. The wireless clients will have their own subnet with their own range of IP addresses which can be connected to your current (I'm assuming) wired router. For example the clients on the wireless router may be assigned IP addresses in the range of 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.255 and the current wired router may assign IP addresses 192.168.10.1 to 192.168.10.255.

    The wireless router may then be connected to your wired router with the wireless router's uplink port. Then all traffic to external IP addresses will be routed over that port, which will then be routed to the wired router's uplink port (since its an external IP address).

    So yes you can have the wireless clients communicate to the Internet. You will have some issues with communicating from the clients connected to your current router to the wireless router. These issues may be solved by configuring the wireless router to accept file sharing traffic, relaxing the firewall rules for clients in the IP range of the wired router. Also you may configure the wireless clients to be part of the DMZ. Each router has its own settings, so results may vary.
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  • Vincent - Saturday, August 21, 2004 - link

    Does this device work as an access point only? If I already have a router on my network, can I use this device to share my internet connection to wireless clients? Reply

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