Review of the ESR-9850 300Mbps Wireless N Router with Gigabit
I have used and reviewed several wireless routers by D-Link, Linksys, and other 'big name' brands. The ESR-9850 300Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router is available for half the price ($50) of products by popular name brands with similar features and specifications. So, when it arrived at the HomeGear.com lab for reviewing, I did not expect much from it..
The box contained an EnGenius ESR-9850 Wireless Router, a power adapter, two detachable antennas, a patch cord, an installation disk, and a manual.
The EnGenius ESR-9850 is a well-designed device. All ports (four Gigabit LAN ports, one Gigabit WAN port, and a DC-IN port) are on the rear panel of the device between the antenna connectors. The port placement is intuitive and prevents cable clutter.
The EnGenius ESR-9850 has LED status lights on top that indicate port activity, and it has a WPS button to the left of the LEDs for easy setup. There is also a 'Reset' switch similar to a laptop DVD-RW manual eject switch to the left of the ports.
I powered on the ESR-9850 router and waited for the WLAN indicator to blink. Once it was blinking, I inserted the CD and followed the installation wizard to finish setting up the device on with my laptop. The setup was easy thanks to the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button, which eliminated most of the work.