Nexland ISB SOHO
Product: ISB SOHO Broadband Router
Street Price: $159.00 USD
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2002
Reviewed By: Jason
(Image Courtesy Of Nexland)
A Little About
Nexland is a company
some of you might not be familiar with, however their products seem to be making
quite a name for themselves lately. Just by browsing over their
product line on their website, you can tell that they are very security conscience
and target their products for a wide variety of users. The main differentiating factor of Nexland's products is
their ( patent pending) ability to allow encrypted VPN packets to
"pass-through" the Network Address Translation performed by their ISB.
Nexland products are compatible with DSL, cable, wireless, ISDN and analog
Only Nexland's high speed routers were approved by Alienware
to be sold with their high-end gaming systems. Everyone knows about the quality
level of Alienware systems, and for them to put their faith exclusively in
Nexland for broadband routers should give you some sort of indication about the
quality of Nexland products.
Physical Overview Of The ISB SOHO:
The ISB SOHO arrived in a nice looking box, and just glancing over the
"Major Features" on the back you can tell it is one feature packed
router (I will talk about the software features later). One thing that really stands out
is the "30 Day Money-Back Guarantee", so if you aren't happy with the
product you can return it direct to Nexland and they will refund your purchase.
There is also a 5 year warranty on this router (all Nexland products actually
have the 5 year warranty).
Inside the box comes the standard pieces of hardware: The ISB
SOHO, an AC adapter, manual, quick start guide, CD-ROM, and a CAT5 Ethernet
cable. The CD-ROM contains Adobe Acrobat, a PDF version of the manual, links to
their website, Internet Explorer 5.5, and the TFTP software. The quick start guide can get you online in just a few minutes, however I
would recommend reading over the entire manual to fully understand all the
features available and proper configuration of the ISB SOHO.
The router itself is somewhat oddly shaped, and unfortunately
doesn't have any holes in the base to allow mounting on a wall or securing it
down. Basically it is meant to sit on your desk (or shelf), however it does come
in an attractive translucent casing.
On the top of the router are the TX/RX lights for the WAN and
LAN links so you can easily monitor if there is activity or not. On the back is where
all the connectors and such are. First on the far left you have the dip switches
which allow you to completely reset the configuration, and backup / update the
firmware. Next are a group of LEDs which display the status of each port of the
built-in 4 port switch. The LEDs display what each port is running at (100Mb /
10Mb / Full or Half Duplex). After the group of 4 Ethernet ports (which is the
built-in switch), there is a single Ethernet port labeled "Modem".
Don't try plugging your phone line into this, it's for Ethernet only! You can
connect up your DSL / Cable / ISDN / Wireless or whatever other broadband device
you use into this port. Next to the WAN port is the WAN link LED which will
light up if the connection is good between the router & the modem. There is
also a little reset button which will reboot the ISB, it doesn't erase any
settings, it's just a simple reboot. Lastly there is the 9v DC socket which
connects with the AC adapter.
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