Billion Billion BiPAC 7402GX
- Can distribute ADSL2+ and 3G Internet connections, QoS, comprehensive VPN features
- A little pricey, its filtering options are a little hard to implement, no MIMO
If you want a wireless modem/router that can also distribute a USB-based 3G data card, this will do.
Price$ 329.00 (AUD)
While it's a fully featured ADSL2+ modem/router, the BiPAC 7402GX is also capable of distributing a 3G mobile data-card connection. It doesn't have a card slot for this functionality; instead, it supports USB 2.0-based 3G data cards.
Support is provided for 3 Mobile, iBurst, Optus, Telstra (BigPond) and Vodafone USB 2.0 3G modems, which can be plugged in to the USB port on the rear of the router. By logging-in to the router's Web interface, you can then select the type of Internet connection you wish to use: ADSL or 3G. It'll work with cards that connect to the HSDPA, EDGE, UMTS or GPRS networks, but download rates will vary depending on your plan and which network you have access to.
The 3G modem facility is also useful as a fall-back option should your primary ADSL connection go down, but depending on your plan, you wouldn't want to use it for anything more than checking e-mail and basic Web browsing. Furthermore, the 3G connection facilitates set up in areas that don't have Internet infrastructure: it can be set-up in an outdoor location or at a worksite relatively easily. However, it doesn't run on batteries, nor does it ship with a car adapter, so you'll have to find an outlet for it.
On the ADSL side, the modem is very simple to set up: it'll detect the settings of your line and all you have to do is enter your account details. We had the unit up and running in no time at all. It facilitated fast downloads on our 24Mbps ADSL2+ connection — we averaged a download rate of approximately 2.26MBps (megabytes per second), which is nothing to scoff at.
Its wireless access point can be set-up to distribute the Internet connection over a local area network and it supports WEP, WPA or WPA2 encryption over 802.11g. You can also plug up to four computers in to its 10/100 Ethernet switch. It's this functionality that makes the 7402GX useful for distributing an Internet connection at a remote location
It doesn't support MIMO — it only has one antenna — but it will provide a usable signal up to around 18m away, depending on the surrounding environment, of course. From 10m away and through double-brick walls, the router averaged a wireless data transfer rate of 2.68MBps, and it was consistent.
This unit is pitched at users who need to log-in to remote networks efficiently, and to this end it has comprehensive options for VPN sessions and passthroughs, so you can connect to remote networks securely, even over a 3G connection, using IPsec, PPTP or L2TP protocols. It can support up to 16 VPN tunnels (using IPsec and eight for L2TP and PPTP).
For more conventional usage, the router has an SPI firewall, and prevention against IP spoofing and DoS attacks. Content filtering can be implemented by flagging URLs or keywords, so undesirable content can be blocked, although we found this a little hard to set-up.
Overall, this is a well-designed router for anyone who wants the dual-functionality of ADSL and 3G Internet connections. Users who have PC cards might want to look at the BiPAC 7300GX instead.
Join the newsletter!
Apple iPhone X
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Toys for Boys
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Lego Mindstorms EV3
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Bose SoundLink Micro
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Xbox One X
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Netgear target small businesses with Orbi Pro
- D-Link Launches Their Fastest-Ever NBN AC5300 MU-MIMO Modem Router
- Netgear delivers industry first networking devices with remote management from anywhere in the world
- Synology announces slew of new hardware + software at Sydney event
- Linksys signs on as PAX AUS partner
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTMS Dynamics CRM DeveloperACT
- TPPrincipal Project Manager | ApplicationsQLD
- FTSystems AdministratorOther
- CCProject Manager -AgileWA
- CCProduct ManagerACT
- FTSAP FI Functional SpecialistACT
- FTMultiple SOC Analyst RolesOther
- CCProject Manager x 2 (Infrastructure)NSW
- FTChange Manager - Part TimeOther
- FTSolution DesignerOther
- FTSecurity DevOps EngineerOther
- CCRecruitment AdvisorNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTCanteen ManagerOther
- FTFull Stack Java Developer with front-end focusOther
- FTMachine Learning LeadOther
- FTData Centre / Hosting Lead - $800 per dayOther
- CCJava Developer - BrisbaneSA
- CCTechnical Field Engineer/SupportVIC
- FTSoftware EngineerSA
- FTBusiness AnalystOther
- FTFull Stack DeveloperACT
- CCDesktop Support / Field TechnicianWA
- CCAngular DeveloperNSW
- CCSCCM Deployment TechnicianACT