Note: As part of this review, and for convenience reasons, I call integrated devices that include Router And a VDSL modem called a "VDSL router". Router That does not include a modem will be referred to as a "universal router".
This demand stems from the shortsightedness of the Ministry of Communications reform planners, which instead of bringing Bezeq's wholesale infrastructure to an end Network (RJ45), decided it ended up in the phone jack. If the Ministry of Communications had required the flash Provide wholesale market customers a VDSL modem, were spared a lot of run-ins and difficulties.
Since the Ministry of Communications did not do so, customers who choose to disconnect from Bezeq and move through the reform to one ISP are required to return Bezeq to Bezeq Router The VDSL, which they received on loan and if they do not do so, will be fined at least NIS 200.
Similarly, newcomers, who were not customers of flash Before that, you need a VDSL router and these are provided by the ISP on loan or at a reduced price.
The growing demand for VDSL routers, both from the ISP and from private customers looking to get rid of the lending service, has created a vacuum in the market for VDSL routers. As a result, many importers, who have avoided investing in this field in the past, are starting to introduce such products in the free market.
One of the first companies to jump on the demand cart is a company ZyXEL, Which through its sole distributor in the country - a company Quality Bytes, Began to sell the VDSL model router in a platter shop VMG1312This is at the price of 470 NIS.
ZyXEL Is a Taiwanese company founded in 1989, which today employs about 2,100 employees scattered in about 30 branches located in Asia, Europe and the US. The company has annual sales of about $ 750 million and focuses on the development and marketing of communications products for a very wide range of Customers - large telecommunications companies in the field of xDSL, providers אינטרנט (ISP), Integrators of Medium Business Communication Solutions (SOHO) and of course - Home Customers.
Key features and features of VMG1312
Linear ports and support for IPvxNUMX: The router includes 4 LAN ports running at 100Mbps speed and fully supports IPv6.
VDSL Modem: The router includes a VDSL2 modem compatible with the flash network (the 17a profile in the standard G.993.2) And supports Vectoring (standard G.993.5). This modem also runs at lower speeds and supports ADSL2 +.
DUAL WAN: If necessary, and in order to save the investment in this router, you can convert the LAN 4 port of the router to a WAN port and use VMG1312 with a separate ADSL / VDSL modem. Note that a cable modem cannot be used as the VMG1312 does not support a cable dialer or DHCP connection. On the face of it, the two WAN mechanisms - the VDSL modem and the LAN port used as a WAN - seem to work in parallel.
Wireless capability: The VMG1312 supports N standard 300Mbps at only 2.4Ghz and does so using two internal antennas. This means that this router Cataloged About N300. In terms of wireless security mechanisms, the VMG1312 supportsWEP, B-WPAAndWPA2 And includes a mechanism WPS. The VMG1312 also supports theWDS, So that if necessary it can be used as a repeater radio.
Guest Zone: The VMG1312 router supports 4 separate wireless environments (SSIDs) - one main and 3 more designed for guests. You can completely separate the different wireless environments and prevent access from one to the other. In addition, it is possible to determine for each SSID the maximum number of connections that will be supported by it and the bandwidth assigned to it - both in the ascending and descending channels.
NAT and referral mechanism PORT-sea: The NAT mechanism of the VMG1312 allows you to redirect ports in 3 different ways - Port Forwarding (ie redirecting a port or range of ports to a specific IP address), Port Triggering (ie redirecting a port or range of ports to any range of IP addresses of the router) And Applications (which allows preset ports to be routed according to a closed list of about 50 Apps And different servers). In addition, UPNP and DMZ are supported.
DHCP Mechanism: The default address of the router is 192.168.1.1 and the router distributes addresses in the range of 100 to 254 with a lease time of 24 hours. All of these parameters can be changed and in addition the computers can be assigned a fixed IP address based on the MAC address of the network card.
USB Input: One single-port USB 2.0 router that supports external storage devices or cellular modems. If a mobile modem - 3G or LTE - is connected to the USB port, it goes into action when the VDSL connection is disconnected (Fail Over). When the xDSL connection returns to operation, the cellular modem automatically disconnects. In the image on the left, in the left column, you can see that the xDSL connection is disconnected and instead the connection is based on a 3G modem. The list of modems supported by this router can be found HERE.
Access to the router: Access to the router is done, as usual, using a username and password. The default ZyXEL is admin username and 1234 password. Using the menus you can change the management password and if necessary, even add more users. These users can be administrators or users.
Remote Access: The VMG1312 router can also be accessed remotely, via Network Internet, via port 80. The router can also be accessed remotely on TELNET and if necessary the access ports can be changed. It is also possible to set a list of IP addresses only from which it will be possible to access the router.
DNS dynamic: The router supports 7 dynamic DNS services, some paid and some free. Among the other supported mechanisms can be found the DynDNS.org, You NO-IP And a host of less-known services like ZoneEdit and-http://freedns.afraid.org.
Restrict access and use (ACCESS CONTROL And Parental Control): The VMG1312 access restriction mechanism operates at the MAC address level and allows you to set a "white list" or "black list" of up to 32 IP addresses that will or will not have access to the Internet. In addition, the router has a "parental control" mechanism that allows you to set schedules (days and hours) in which computers connected to the router will be allowed access to Network the Internet.
Traffic Prioritization (QOS): The VM's QOS mechanism runs only in the upload direction Network the Internet.
Firmware update: You can update both the router firmware and the list of 3G / 4G modems that the VMG1312 supports. The firmware availability check should be performed manually Site Of ZyXEL.
Statistics, status, andLOG: The LOG of the VMG1312 is highly detailed and provides information on the variety of mechanisms of the router. In addition, detailed traffic statistics are provided from the xDSL level to the single LAN port level.
Help mechanism (HELP): The firmware does not include a built-in HELP mechanism, but the user guide (with LINK at the end of the review) is very detailed andHolding almost 400 pages
Charging andREBOOT: Almost all configuration changes in VMG1312 are done immediately and no long BOOT process is required for them to take effect.
support in-LD_WRT: As of the test date, this router does not have a DD_WRT version.
Simulator (SIMULATOR): This router does not have a simulator that allows you to experience and know the router menus in the Internet environment.
What's in the box
The router I received for inspection, courtesy of Quality Bytes and Plonter, comes in an unusual way in a simple cardboard box with a black name and company name on it.
The box can be found White sticker Which includes the model of the router, its serial number and its two MAC addresses - for the wired interface and the wireless interface.
The box itself contains the router itself, power transformer (12V / 1A), cable Network Yellow (4 strands only) and gray telephone cable. In addition, you can find a warranty certificate, a painted installation poster and a CD that includes a quick installation guide, a detailed user guide and a wizard that helps with the initial installation of the router.
The predominant color of the router is black and a large number of ventilation holes can be found on the bottom and sides. The router stands on massive rubber feet that leave a space of almost an entire inch between it and the surface. This unusual height improves the airflow around the router and helps it cool down.
On the back of the router is a large label with the model number, serial number, MAC address, wireless interface SSID, WPA2 password, and power and power informationFCC ID His.
The size of the router is 19 cm by 12 cm and since its WiFi antennas are internal, its height (including the unique legs) is only 4 cm.
At the back of the router you can find the following interfaces (right to left):
Button to turn off the wireless mechanism and activate the WPS mechanism.
Fire-fighting switch and router.
4 LAN inputs in the RJ45 interface.
DSL input in the RJ11 interface.
In order to open the VMG1312, 2 simple Phillips screws located at the bottom of the router must be released.
As can be seen in the photo on the left, the VMG1312 is based on a main board on which all the components are soldered. (Clicking on the photo will display it in full resolution). On the board you can see the following main components:
At the bottom of the image, which is actually the front of the router, you can notice the 9 LEDs LED. from left to right:
Lightbulb Power Green lit regularly when the router is running. During reset, this light flashes.
4 green LAN LEDs that indicate whether the relevant port at the back of the router is connected to a cable Network active.
WLAN light Green Indicating that the wireless connection is active.
A yellow DSL light indicating synchronization with Network The VDSL. In case of synchronization to the ADSL network, it will light up in green.
Internet light Green indicates that the ISP connection is working properly.
USB light Green indicating whether a router is connected to a device USB.
Note: All lights, except the Power LED, blink while the router is operating, and if it is disturbed, the router menus can be turned off by all the lights.
At the top of the image, you can see the following connections and switches (right to left) - xDSL input (gray), 4 LAN inputs (yellow), input USB, RESET button, power input, ON / OFF switch and integrated button to activate the WPS mechanism and turn the wireless mechanism on / off.
The main component of the router is theBCM63168 Of the Broadcom company located below To the cooling plate In the center of the image. This plate is soldered directly to the electronic board and can only be removed by using a solder. The BCM63168 is an integrated processor (SoC), Which operates at a frequency of 400Mhz, which manages the xDSL mechanism, the NAT mechanism and the LAN inputs. Most modern VDSL routers use this component and can also be found inDSL-7850U Which I have reviewed in the past.
The BCM631368 contains a component radio Integral (known as BCM435f) that manages WiFi communication. This component supports the N standard at speeds of up to 300Mbps. In the image on the left you can see the two RF cables, soldered directly to the board, which connect to the antennas. These antennas can be seen on both sides of the chassis, which according to the router's information sheet, have a gain of 3dBi.
The componentFlash Memory, Containing the firmware of the router, based on the-MX30LF1G08AA Of Macronix. The volume of the component, which is located on the back of the board and is not visible in the image, is 128MB.
Next to the 4 LAN inputs you can see preparation for an independent WAN input. If ZyXEL had chosen to implement this entry, we would have had it Router Dual WAN.
Installation and initial setup
The VMG1312 installation is no different than any installation Router Other VDSL. The first step is to connect the yellow network cable between the computer and one of the LAN ports of the router. In the second step, connect the telephone cable between the gray RJ11 input on the back of the router and the ADSL filter. In the third step, connect the power supply to the power supply of the router and press the POWER button.
The initial boot process of the VMG1312 takes about two minutes and after that, if everything works properly, three lights will come on - the power light, the DSL light and the LAN input light to which the computer is connected. Now possible, using browser, Enter the 192.168.1.1 address and type in the default user name and password (admin / 1234).
At this stage, you will see a wizard with a number of steps that will be used to initialize the router:
Step 1 - Change the default password and re-enter, using the new password, into the router menus
Step 2 - Update the time zone in which the router is located
Step 3 - Defining the ISP Username and Password (ISP)
Step 4 - Make basic settings of the WiFi mechanism
At the end of the wizard, you will see a graphical map, such as the one at the top right, which includes the details of all the devices connected to the router and the connection status Network the Internet.
On this screen you can click on any of the devices and in the window that opens define a specific name for it, change its icon and set its IP address in the DHCP mechanism. Using this map you can examine the state of the connection to the Internet - green line from the modem to the earth = connected, red line = disconnected.
Clicking the arrow pointing to the right will display detailed information about the status of the router, WAN connection, LAN connections, wireless connection, etc. An example of such an image can be seen on the left.
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The VMG1312 performance test was performed using the following network cards and wireless devices:
Network card in the TP-LINK USB interface TL-WN722N Based on an external antenna
Nexus 5 Smartphone (Model 2013) with Android 5.1.1
Nexus 7 Tablet (2013) with Android 5.1.1
All tests were performed on the most up-to-date firmware and driver versions, using the default properties of the routers and cards.
Under review Wired An average speed of 94.6Mbps was measured. This is a typical and expected result for a 100M connection.
In the table below you can see the results of the speed tests Wireless bluetooth Of the VMG1312.
All results in the table are inMbps.
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The wireless performance test shows that the VMG1312 is Router A classic 300Mbps displays speeds corresponding to those of other routers of this type.
Note: Performance tests are conducted in an apartment located in a condominium in a dense urban environment, which includes more than 10 wireless networks, Frequency 2.4Ghz. In such a situation it is very difficult to estimate the amount of electromagnetic noise and the extent of its effect on the test results. Thus the wireless performance measured by is only an indication of the capacity of the router and it is quite possible that in a different environment and at a different time different results will be obtained. I posted about this on my blog Long post And I highly recommend reading it carefully.
Conclusions and impressions
Wholesale market reform, Which enables the purchase of VDSL services directly from the Internet Service Provider (ISP), disconnected the connection between the company flash For the same equipment she lends. As a result, there is a demand for independent VDSL routers and the VMG1312 is one of the few sold in the country, in an orderly manner, without the back of a company. flash.
God-ZyXEL VMG1312 Allows you to connect to the Internet, both in the ADSL infrastructure and in the VDSL infrastructure, and is the only standalone router sold in the country that fully supports Vectoring technology as well. This forward-looking support will allow VDSL customers to enjoy higher download speeds, approaching 100M.
The VMG1312 includes a number of advanced features, such as backup for the xDSL connection based on a mobile modem (3G or LTE), support for 4 separate WiFi environments, which operate in the N standard, and an advanced and flexible parental control mechanism. The user interface of the VMG1312 is very functional and although it is only partially graphical, it can be navigated easily and quickly. It is noteworthy that the settings changes in the interface are made immediately and no long recovery time is required after each change.
The hardware on which VMG1312 is based is the most advanced in the VDSL field and as expressed In the face His, the quality of his construction and assembly is excellent. It can be seen that the engineers of ZyXEL made every effort to deal with the heat generated from the SoC of the router (theBCM63168) - both using a plate Cooling Huge in size and by a specially ventilated chassis.
At the same time, and despite the use of advanced SoC and the focus on the means of cooling it, it is surprising to find that the LAN ports of the VMG1312 only support 100M speeds and that the wireless interface only supports 2.4Ghz. This surprise is exacerbated when comparing the VMG1312 to other companies' VDSL routers, which are based on the same SoC and more modest means of cooling. In most cases, these routers support 1G LAN ports andDual Band, Which makes them very attractive to consumers.
However, keep in mind that these advanced features adopt the SoC of the routers much more and cause greater warming. Thus, ZyXEL engineers may have chosen to take a more cautious approach and preferred to reduce its features in favor of more stable stability and longevity. This cautious approach is reflected in the personal and positive experience I had with the VMG1312.
As I do with any router, the VMG1312 I was given also became my home router for about two weeks. It is connected to a 100M VDSL line (at 012 service) and to my busy home network that includes 3 1G switches, two wireless access points, 5 desktops and about 10 devices Mobile. Throughout the test it remained completely stable and met without any problem the requirements of my network.
The VMG1312 is Router VDSL provides an excellent response to the growing demand for independent solutions that are independent of IBM equipment flash. The convenient price of the VMG1312, about 470 NIS, combined with unique features such as mobile backup and Vectoring support, make it an excellent purchase that I can recommend without hesitation.
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