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Pros: Stable. Highly Customizable. Full Featured router.
Cons: Enabling UTM features will tank performance. Unit getting a little dated.
Other Thoughts: I've owned this router almost a year now. I also reviewed the ZyXel USG 200 here at newegg as well, which was my very first ZyXel router.
The nitty gritty: This router doesn't deserve some of the bad reviews it has received. The USG line all use the same interface, so that means that many of the same features you find in the USG 1000 will be present in this little USG 50. That is good and bad. The bad news is, it WILL overwhelm someone that is not used to business class gear. This aint no D-Link/Netgear/brand X consumer router.
Its kind of funny. Another reviewer had stated "if someone thinks this is a good router, I hate to see what they consider a bad one"; Ummm, TP-Link? I mean seriously, how can you have a "5 star" tech knowledge level, and have to end up buying a "simpler" router?
Anyway, The object oriented nature of this router will also confuse the newcomer. But you will be thankful for the object oriented setup later down the line when it comes to making changes.
Another reviewer said that WAN failover/Load balancing doesn't work. Although its possible it could be "broken" on the USG 50, I highly doubt it. I use load balancing on the USG 200 at work with a 20/20 fiber primary, and a 50/10 cable secondary and it works just fine.
Here are the real cons of this unit:
Getting a little dated-Its good for connections up to 100Mbps. Speeds beyond that and the USG will be the bottleneck.
Enabling UTM features (such as Anti-Virus, Intrusion detection) will TANK performance. I would NOT buy this for UTM; they are subscription based anyway. As a firewall though, you won't find more bang for the buck.
Current firmware (3.30 as of this writing) breaks bandwidth management. Something most may not use anyway, I use it however, so I am using the previous firmware release.
Overall, a fine router at a fine price. Highly recommended if you have the networking experience, or at least the desire to learn. Will do a fine job for connections 100mb or less. If you have a faster connection than 100mb, don't buy this...you will need something with faster throughput.
One last note: I have a few USGs (one at the house, and several deployed in the field at work), and they are a truly "set and forget" device. Rock solid stable, and NEVER need a reboot.
This review is from: IOGEAR GPSU21 1-Port Print Server RJ45 USB 2.0
Pros: Works fine as a print server.
Cons: This is a case where maybe you should NOT RTM.
I followed the directions carefully, and could NOT make it work reliably. After it installed its "Network Print Monitor" driver, I would try to print a test page and end up with about 1/3rd of a page then blinking lights on the printer. Logging into the print server it said the print job "timed out". No matter what I tried I could not make it work. I ended up with crashed print spooler service, half printed pages, etc.
I gave up, and installed it the way I normally do with networked printers at work-and that is first, forget the included software-uninstall it. Second, assign the iogear a static IP address. Third, goto add printers, and create a standard TCP/IP port, and use the static IP address assigned to the iogear. Lastly, select your printer from the list, and voila, done.
One catch that made me scratch my head for a moment-out of 3 computers I have, 2 of them would say the printer was "offline" after a reboot. The difference was my printer was installed on those 2 prior to obtaining the iogear. The third computer never had it installed, and therefor never gave me the "offline" status on a reboot. Solution: Right click the printer icon and click on "use printer online".
:Disclaimer: My printer is NOT on the list of supported models (but the model immediately preceding mine was, so I rolled the dice), and it works fine, BUT...ink levels are not reported. Not a big deal as the printer has an ink idiot light on the front of it.
This review is from: ZyXEL NSA310 Diskless System 1-Bay Media Server
Pros: Everything (read other thoughts)
Cons: Hard drive light doesn't indicate activity. Fan a tad noisy. Limited control over access rights.
Other Thoughts: Let me preface my review by saying this is only the 2nd NAS device I have ever laid my hands on. So I am not an expert on NAS devices.
Having said that I bought this unit to replace an aging Quantum Snap server. The Snap server is pretty old, therefore it has no media services or ap support. It was strictly a networked "storage tank", but did have built in web and ftp capabilities.
I bought the ZyXel because I have been impressed with their other products so far. Plus this unit is small, and I wanted a small footprint device.
Not only does the ZyXel have built in web and ftp servers (a must for my needs), but it also has a built in media server-Twonky Media. Athough I had never messed with them before, I actually have a few DLNA compliant devices-a couple bluray players and an Xbox 360. They see my movies and music and play fine. (I haven't tried the pictures yet). Have not had to reboot the unit. Its been up about a week now with no troubles. Overall, I am VERY pleased with this unit. I haven't done benchmarks, so I'm sure its not the fastest, but its LIGHT years faster than the Snap server it replaced, and the media server features was an unexpected bonus. Web and ftp servers work great. Overall I love this box. If I *had* to pick some negatives they are:
1) HD light stays green all the time. It appears more of a hard drive "go/no go" status indicator than anything. Wish it would indicate activity like in just about every other device I have seen.
2) Fan just a little noisy. Its not bad. This is just a nit-pick.
3) You cannot set access control rights on non-authenticated users. In other words, users HAVE to log in to allow complete control over their rights. Setting a share to "public" allows all local network users (even "guests") full read/write access, which is fine, BUT...if you enable anonymous ftp, and a folder is set to public, the anonymous ftp user can't DELETE anything, but they do have write access. Not a big deal, but thought I'd throw that out there. Also, my old snap NAS allowed you to set individual file/folder security; the zyxel does not, but again, not a big deal, as my former snap nas was aimed at the business sector, the zyxel the consumer sector, but just thought I'd throw that out there.
One last note: I did NOT use the enclosed software at ALL for anything other than finding out the ZyXel's initial DHCP assigned IP address. Once I knew that I closed out the included software, and configured everything through the web interface.