Each of those devices connects in the same way: a category 5 network cable goes from
the DSL bridge to the router, and another cable goes from the router to the hub or
switch. As with other devices of this nature, you sometimes need a crossover cable,
sometimes a straight-through variety. Some setup is required for each, and depending
on the capabilities you choose to use, some networking skills may be handy. The Linksys
has a nice feature: a switch that changes the LAN port from MDI to MDIX, so you can use
either type of cable.
All three devices allow you to do configuration over an IP-based network, and each
comes configured with a default IP address. None of the devices was hard to set up. A
little knowledge of your network can make this a lot easier.
The table below lists the products' features and differences; at the end of the
column, I include some notes on setting up the PN9225.
While all three devices are probably adequate for home use, the Hawking Technology
PN9225 has some advantages for the small business or remote office. The Trendware
router, though, had some serious shortcomings. I've summarized those below the