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It is a basic Cable/DSL router with a 4-port switch for sharing wired connectivity throughout a small household or business.

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Pros

Tends not to suffer from reliability issues that plague many Linksys routers

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4-port 10/100 switch provides versatility, advanced connectivity, and speed

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Advanced security features for time of release

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Fully HTTP-based setup avoids need for extra software

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Dedicated uplink port enables network expansion beyond standard 4-port max.

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Simplified port forwarding and DMZ support benefits internet gamers among others

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Cons

Does not support gigabit ethernet, today a common standard

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The Linksys BEFSR41 is a basic Cable/DSL router with a 4-port switch for sharing wired connectivity throughout a small household or business. Not only does the 4-port switch allow direct connections with PCs, but it can also in fact be ‘daisy-chained’ to other hubs and switches, therefore letting users implement it in a much larger network scheme. Most notable about the BEFSR41 is its advanced security management functions, such as port filtering, MAC address filtering, and also DMZ hosting. This gives the unit enough security to protect local computers from hacker attacks. Additional features of the Linksys BEFSR41 router include IPSEC & PPTP pass-through, QoS prioritization based on port or service type, and automatic detection of straight or cross-over cable. The Linksys BEFSR41 retails for $59.99 and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

Features
  • Cable/DSL Router
  • 4-Port Switch
  • Plug-and-Play
  • Advanced Security
  • IPSEC/PPTP Pass-Through
  • QoS Prioritization
  • Automatic Detection
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
Specifications
  • Model: BEFSR41
  • Standards: IEEE 802.3 (10BaseT), IEEE 802.3u (100BaseTX)
  • Ports: One 10/100 RJ-45 Port for Broadband Modem
  • Four: 10/100 RJ-45 Switched Ports
  • LED: Indicators Power, Ethernet, Internet
  • OS Support: Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
  • Network Protocols: TCP/IP
Minimum Requirements
  • Broadband connection and Cable/DSL modem
  • TCP/IP Protocol
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or Netscape 6 for web-based configuration
  • Network adapter
  • Network cable
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