LevelOne WBR-6001 N_Max Wireless RouterSep 3rd, 2009 | By Nivedh
Set-up is simple but it varies depending on your particular network configuration. All you have to do is plug in the power cable and attach the antennas and connect your internet connection to the router somehow. Initially, you need to plug your computer into the router using a wire. After that, it is all software. Access the router using its default IP to begin the configuration process.
Once accessing the web-based configuration interface, we are initially greeted with a status screen. Enter the system password to move on and choose between either a wizard-type setup or advanced setup.
The wizard has five steps, but we’re more interested in the advanced setup.
Clicking advanced setup, leads to an interface where you have five main types of settings, under which there are numerous options. For the sake of brevity, I’ll show each of the five main navigation windows. The left side of the window has the sub-settings that can be chosen under each main type and the right side has a description of each setting.
Some pages have an extensive help feature that explains every setting in full detail – it can be accessed by clicking the link labeled “[Help]” on the upper right corner.
Under Basic Setting, you will find things that are typically changed by the user.
Under Primary Setup, you can change the router’s IP address and configure WAN options.
You can also set the router up to be a DHCP server.
The Wireless page is perhaps the most important. Here you can configure the SSID, WEP/WPA security, and more.
The other settings such as Forwarding Rules, Security Setting, and Advanced Setting are things you probably won’t need to mess with so I won’t go into too much detail.
The Forwarding Rules page is useful if you need to set up NAT and port forwarding.
Although labeled Security Setting, this is not where you change WEP/WPA settings.
Under Advanced Setting, you will find even more settings to tweak.
The Toolbox has housekeeping features. Of note, you can upgrade the firmware, reboot the router, and you can even save your current settings.
After configuration, I connected to the router wirelessly. Both Windows and Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility pick up the signal. Though I had set the router to operate in 802.11n mode only, it still showed up as b/g/n albeit with a speed of 300 Mbps.
However, upon connecting, I could only attain a maximum speed of 144 Mbps even if I was a few feet away from the router. I’m not sure what the reason is for this since the Dell utility shows a maximum speed of 300 Mbps, which is what the WBR-6001 is rated for. I tried updating the firmware and the drivers for my wireless card but the problem persisted.