Leoxsys LEO-150N-BT

Madana Prathap 2010-01-25
77 Good
Price: Rs 5,400

Full Review

A compact, black colored Wireless-N router with a single detachable antenna. That is the Leoxsys LEO-150N-BT which performed pretty well in our wireless tests as you can see in the “Performance” tab of this review, sometimes better than other routers with multiple antennae. A prime reason it is not on our list of top 5 recommended routers, is that it lacks Gigabit Ethernet (wired LAN) connectivity in this day and age! It is not as widely available for purchase as the bigger brands either. If you want a low-priced router and Gigabit is not a crucial factor for you, read on.

As with most routers of its class it offers four Ethernet ports of 100Mbps, a WPS button, USB file-and-print server functionality, and downloading via torrents or HTTP/FTP. The settings reset button is suitably recessed so as to ensure you can't accidentally press it while going for the WPS button, both of which are positioned at the back. Also at the back are all the power button, antenna, WAN port for wired uplinking to the Internet, 4 LAN ports, and one USB port. At the front are green LEDs to indicate power, system activity, wireless, WPS, WAN uplink, and activity of the four LAN ports. The router is wall-mountable. The package contents consist of the router itself, power adapter, network cable, user manual CD, and a “Quick Install Guide” that's remarkably well documented compared to even some of the bigger brands. The bundled sheet of paper has screenshots to explain initial configuration of the router, and the web Interface.

This model of router seems to be specifically targeted for sale in India, considering that it mentions ISPs like Airtel and BSNL in its ASP-based web Interface. Particularly nice in the webUI was the client status, where you could see which Ethernet ports were occupied and active. Worth mentioning is the fact that it allows for turning the wireless functionality (radio) on or off without having experiencing an annoying waiting period for it to get back to usability (as is the case with many lower-priced routers). For beginners, a setup wizard guides you through the basic settings one by one. It allows for radio transmission over the normal 20 MHz bandwidth, or even 40 MHz in which two channels are used, one for control and another as an extension channel for better data transmission speeds.

The USB port can be used for print or storage devices. Any connected pendrive or external hard disk drive can be used as long as it is not formatted with the NTFS filesystem. It can then be treated as network storage, accessible over FTP or Samba (normal Windows file-sharing). User-based permissions can still be set for the drive. The firewall is off by default, which did not let it pass the ShieldsUp stealth test – easily fixed by turning the firewall on.

What we have in the performance tab is the consistent performance averaged over a period of time. The speeds seen are all from real world testing, including walls and floors placed in-between the wireless router and client. On flat open ground/surface with no objects to come in between and no walls, just a green field – we saw a maximum range of 30m which is a bit lower than the absolute raw power of reach we had seen in the Asus RT-N16 router, so the Leoxsys is not a good bet if you have a large house and lawns surrounding your home. But it should be just fine for most of us with normal homes, as the range it does cover is served well. As with most normal routers, it operates only over the 2.4 GHz radio spectrum, with no 5 GHz support for interference-free operation.

Bottom Line

Even if the brand sounds suspiciously similar to a more well-known name, this Leoxsys router does well enough for itself to merit attention for its own sake. At the time of writing, the only other router that comes close in terms of functionality and price is the Buffalo Nfiniti G300-NH. The Leoxsys has an upper hand, in that it offers print server functionality. But the lack of wired Gigabit LAN ports is the one that really clips its wings. If all you wanted was Wifi-N/G functionality, you could get away with buying a product priced far lower.

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