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Billion BiPAC 7404VGO

£124 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Billion

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Vendors are keen to bolt on features to differentiate their routers from the common herd. VoIP, as deployed here by Billion, is one such candidate.

This review appears in the April 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents.

Routers are rapidly entering the mainstream and vendors are keen to bolt on features to differentiate their offerings from the common herd. VoIP (voice over IP), as deployed here by Billion's BiPAC router, is one such candidate.

While it's a rather standard 54G Wi-Fi ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) router, with a four-port switch and firewall, the BiPAC’s up-to-date specification is hard to fault. It doesn't have draft-N Wi-Fi, but it supports ADSL2+ and WPA2-PSK encryption and up to 16 VPN (virtual private network) connections, as well as VoIP with QoS (quality of service) traffic prioritisation.

The 7404VGO has a pair of sockets for telephone handsets, plus another for an analogue phone line. This gives you the option of making conventional or VoIP calls. A smart 'least cost routing' feature ensures that the call is made via the cheapest method. Like the AVM Fritz!Box, it supports the SIP VoIP protocol, so Skype doesn't get a look-in.

Our main gripe is that the cornucopia of configuration options – and this box is highly configurable – make no concessions to the novice. Take the normally simple task of setting up your ADSL connection – with a comparable Belkin, Netgear or Belkin router this would be a matter of a few clicks. Not so with this model: there’s no setup wizard and the arcane nomenclature had us reaching for the PDF user guide.

Setting up VoIP was another fairly intricate procedure; mercifully, you only have to do it once. The printed Quick Start and Install guides were fairly useless, and network novices may struggle to get things up and running.

For more information, our sister site Techworld has a comprehensive VoIP resource page.

Billion BiPAC 7404VGO Expert Verdict »

802.11b/g
ADSL/ADSL2+
SIP-compliant internet telephony
QoS support
least cost routing
encryption includes WEP-64 or WEP-128
built-in firewall
210x148x36mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

There are plenty of VoIP routers that are easier to set up, such as the Linksys SPA 3102 and the AVM Fritz!Box range. However, the Billion is one of the cheapest Wi-Fi VoIP routers around, and it's as fully featured as its rivals, if not more so. The steep learning curve will be a problem for the novice, but if you're an experienced network user, this is a good choice.

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