Hi and welcome to ModemHelp.Org's monthly
product review section.
Every month from now on we will test/critique/review a product of interest
to you, the modem users.
Every product will that we evaluate will be evaluated on these same 6
categories to keep things fair and the playing field
Here is the breakdown we will be using for the evaluations:
Ease of Use/Configuration /10
Personal Rating /10
Performance: Basically this category speaks for itself, how well
the unit performs.
Supportability: This one really deals with how useful is the
support from the manufacturer, ie support site, speed and quality of
responses to email support questions. As to the unit
being tested, how good are the logs (for routers) and manuals that come
with the units.
Ease of Use/Configuration: Again this is generally pretty self
explanatory, how easy is it for a user (not a sysadmin,
a novice to intermediate user) to pull this
out of the box and install it. How good are the documents, are there any
quirks associated with installing this piece of
Features: As to features, this category measures how useful the
features the piece being tested are as well as giving
marks for features that are useful. If we test a piece of hardware we also
look at its competition and if there are industry
standard features that this unit doesn't have, marks will be deducted.
Personal: Marks in this category are based solely on the tester. It
all has to do with the general overall impression
the piece of equipment being tested. Let's say its blazing fast, great
support site, all kinds of features, fairly easy to
configure and install, but it might have some quirks which aren't
measured, or it looks and feels cheap then this category
will chances are reflect that.
For June 2012 we tested and reviewed the Microsoft Surface.
March 2013 - New Microsoft Mini Surface on the Way...
June 2012 Review of the Microsoft Surface Tablet.
June 2010 Review of the HTC Magic Smartphone.
February 2010 Review of CA's Internet
Security Suite 2010.
July 2009 Review of KBox Prodigy Satelite Receiver.
May 2008 Review of CA's Internet
August 2003 Review Symmetricom Go Wide 4.6 Router
May 2003 Review of the SMC Barricade Wireless Router
January 2003 Review of the Intertex
IX66+PF DSL Modem
July/August 2002 Review of the Cisco
April 2002 Review of the
MainPine Rockforce Duo Modem
November 2001 Review of the
3Com Dual 56k Lan Connect Modem Router
April 2001 Review of the
D-Link 504 DSL Router
February 2001 Review of the
Cisco 827 DSL Router
December 2000 Netopia R9100
Ethernet to Ethernet Broadband Router
August 2000 Linksys BEFSR41
Ethernet Cable/DSL Sharing Router
May 2000 Cisco 760 Series ISDN
January 2000 Review
of the Zoltrix Phantom 56k V.90 HSP PCI modem
December 1999 Review of the Linkskey
November 1999 Review of the Webramp
Stay tuned for the August 2003 comparison test of the Alcatel Speedtouch Home, vs Gnet vs Speedstream vs
Nortel vs Zoom DSL modems.
If you have any suggestions on routers/modems to test/review, please feel free to email me at,firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if
we can add your suggestion to the list as well.