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EnGenius Wireless-N ESR9855G Gigabit Gaming Router review

EnGenius ESR9855G Wireless-N Gaming Router - Game On

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Launch SRP S$189

Overall rating 8/10
Design:
8
Features:
8
Performance:
8.5
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Stable Downlink Throughput
Affordable
THE BAD
Lacks USB port
Single-band


Introduction

Potential Gaming Genius

Having entrenched one foot in the enterprise industry, EnGenius, very much like Linksys, is planting the other sole down on the consumer market space where another meaty revenue source awaits. However, the relatively low-key wireless solution provider is by no means a newbie in the SOHO scene. They've already got a sizable string of 3G routers, bridges and other networking peripherals in their lineup, including a ESR9850 media router. Of course, the latest member to join their Wireless-N family is none other than the ESR9855G gaming router we are about to undertake.

 

Based on what we could gather from the specs list (check the specs tab for full breakdown), it was apparent EnGenius didn't create an access point with all the frills given the router's single-radio nature and rather subdued features. Instead, the ESR9855G gets by with just the right amount of ingredients to keep an MMORPG junkie happy, like its StreamEngine prioritization service for example. While the ESR9855G's affordable price tag might sway a few heads in its favor, its obvious lack of hardware and features in other departments might just do the opposite. We'll discuss more on these aspects after the jump. Before you grab one off the shelves plainly for its "gaming" moniker, hold that thought as we give this router a dry run to see if it's made of any notable substance; details on the next page.