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Billion BiPAC 7300N review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £80
inc VAT

It's expensive, but the BiPAC 7300N has outstanding speed and range, lots of features and can be used with either ADSL or cable broadband.


draft 802.11n, 4x 10/100 Ethernet ports

Billion’s BiPAC 7300N is one of the most advanced routers we’ve seen.

It can function as an ADSL2+ modem router or connect via Ethernet to a modem, such as for a cable internet connection. Using an Ethernet modem requires setting the router to use one of its four Ethernet ports as a WAN port. This means you’ll be able to use the same router, no matter what kind of internet connection you choose.

The router’s quick start wizard runs from the web interface. It helps you set up your internet connection but doesn’t prompt you to create a secure wireless network. This is easy enough to do, though. The wireless settings let you enable and disable the service, set the SSID and channel and enable WEP, WPA or WPA2 security. It comes with channel-bonding enabled; we recommend disabling it if you suffer from poor performance.

The firewall settings allow you to set up the usual features, such as port forwarding and keyword and URL web filtering, but you can also block Java Applets or ActiveX content. QoS rules give you complete control over internet traffic, but you have to configure the applications you want to control manually.

We like the Wake-on-LAN feature, which you can use to wake a computer over the internet. All you have to do is save your target PC’s MAC address in the router’s Wake-on-LAN list, connect to the dedicated web page from over the internet and wake your computer.

We tested the router with Billion’s £25 BiPAC 3010N wireless adaptor, which couldn’t see the router until we downloaded a new driver from Billion’s website. Transfer speeds using this adaptor were slow, but performance with our Centrino 2 laptop’s integrated adaptor was excellent, with speeds of 44.2Mbit/s at 10m and 25.9Mbit/s at 20m, the fastest we’ve ever seen from an ADSL router at this range.

The BiPAC 7300N isn’t for the fainthearted, but if you want complete control over network settings, tons of advanced features and great performance, it can’t be beaten.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Modem type ADSL2+
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
Draft 802.11n support yes
Draft 802.11n 5GHz support no
MIMO yes
Turbo mode channel-bonding
Stated speed 300Mbit/s


128-bit WEP yes
WPA yes
WPA2 yes
Firewall yes
MAC address filtering yes
DMZ yes


Size 35x185x124mm
Antennas 3
Internal/external antennas external
Upgradeable antenna yes
Number of WAN ports 2
Ethernet ports 4
Ethernet connection speed 10/100
Other ports none
Wall mountable yes
Power consumption on 9W

Other Features

Dynamic DNS yes
Universal Plug and Play support yes
DHCP server yes
MAC spoofing yes
Port forwarding yes
WDS Support yes
USB device support no
QoS yes

Buying Information

Price £80
Warranty two years RTB