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smc7004abr vs smc7004br
chubbywubby Jan-31-02 10:44 PM
hi, i was just wondering if anyone knew the differences between these two routers.

obviously, one is older? and i've checked the smc website, and they seem to have different firmwares, i think.

i found the 7004br for $40.00 cheaper. so i just wanted to know if saving the money was worth it.

thanks in advace for any help.

1. RE: smc7004abr vs smc7004br
lbyard Feb-01-02 00:35 AM
In response to message 0
>i was just wondering if anyone knew the differences between these two routers.

See http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?action=support_tools_show_FAQ¬e_id=175

Also, I believe the SMC7004ABR has more memory, but I canít find the reference. The SMC7004BR has a 40 MHz 186 processor, 512 KBytes RAM, 256 KBytes of flash memory, and runs the USNET, from USSW (United State Software) operating system.

The SMC7004ABR also has Plug Ďn Play Ethernet ports. Which means, for example, if you presently have a crossover cable connecting two computers and you want to add an SMC7004ABR, you donít have to redo the cable so it is a straight-thru cable as you would for many other Ethernet hubs, switches, routers. And you can expand the local network with a hub or switch and use either kind of cable to do it and plug it into an uplink or regular port (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/uplink.htm). I have tested the SMC7004BR (1 WAN and 4 LAN ports), SMC7008BR (1 WAN and 7 LAN ports), SMC7004ABR routers and the plug Ďn play Ethernet ports on the SMC7004ABR. All of them worked just fine on by cable system with a Surfboard SB2100D cable MODEM. I donít think I would pay $40 dollars more for an SMC7004ABR. However, I would be sure of the vendor before buying a SMC7004BR, as I believe they have been out of production for a while. I have recently seen SMC7004ABRís for around $80. Check amazon.com as one example. Larry

2. RE: smc7004abr vs smc7004br
chubbywubby Feb-01-02 01:18 PM
In response to message 1
wow. that was a very complete response larry. thank you! i'm new to these forums. glad to be aboard!

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