The EE Brightbox range of routers consists of 2 products, The EE BrightBox & The EE BrightBox2. The standard Brightbox is EE’s banded ADSL modem router where the BrightBox 2 is their flagship VDSL (fibre) router. In this post, we will look at the specs & features of both routers.
There is nothing remarkable really about the EE brightbox router, as with all network level routers, it comprises of the bare minimum needed to get a customer online so, if your an avid networker or someone who likes to have complete control of their network and all its aspects, this probably isn’t the router for you.
According to the EE Website the EE Brightbox is “Sleek & Powerful” but is it?
The EE BrightBox Includes:
- Remote assistance
- Supports multiple devices
- Secure – Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) to ensure your wireless connection is protected.
- 4 ports – Four 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports for wired connectivity.
- Personalised to the customer and exclusively for the EE network.
- USB port for connecting other devices to your home network.
- Sleek and compact design and it fits through your letterbox.
- 4 x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports.
- 1 USB 2.0 Host.
- Support PPPoE, PPPoA, RFC1483 Bridge.
- Traffic shaping (UBR/CBR/VBR).
- OAM (I.610) F4/F5 support.
- Wireless IEEE802.11b/g/n.
- Wireless encapsulation WEP/WPA/WPA2.
- Wireless QoS, WMM (Wi-Fi Multi media).
- WiFi Protected Setup (WPS).
- Supports up-to 300 Mbps data transfer.
The EE website claims this router gets “great signal” even at 250m and that the router can recognize multiple devices at once, though this in itself does not seem like much of a selling point to me and more of an expectation. The router is compact in design and with the use of an adapter that ships in 2 parts, the whole package is able to be delivered through the letter box which, in my opinion is a great feature since I am almost never at home to receive deliveries.
In summery, this router is very basic but does have quite a few options within its admin panel to allow for some customizations to be completed though the antenna array and cheap feeling build quality do let it down a bit in my book, there have been many improvements made since the last generation of brightbox was decommissioned though so this is definately a step in the right direction.
Overall, for an ISP provided basic broadband router, this is plenty powerful for your average simple usage or a single user house hold though, if you have gaming, data transfer or streaming in mind, not only would I strongly urge you to consider your options of fibre but I’d also suggest a more powerful router.