Ruckus Wireless MediaFlex VF-2825
- Great wireless coverage, An effective media-streaming solution for cable-filled living rooms and corridors
- A little pricey
If you're looking for a way to unwire your Ethernet-based home entertainment network, this is the product for you.
Price$ 299.00 (AUD)
The Ruckus MediaFlex wireless router, while not technically a media streamer itself, is a device intended to facilitate wireless streaming of media (videos and music) throughout the home. The easiest way to think of the MediaFlex is probably as a way of 'unwiring' wired, or Ethernet based, home networks. If you have long trails of Ethernet cables running from your PC, through your living room and to your home entertainment setup, then the MediaFlex presents a convenient way of eliminating them. With a strong focus on streaming media, and minimising distortion and interruptions, the MediaFlex is also a potential solution for those whose current wireless network is unable to cope with the demands of wireless media streaming.
Paired with a MediaFlex wireless adapter, the two MediaFlex units essentially replace the bulk of network cable running between two products, for example a PC and an Ethernet-enabled set-top box. So in this example, you would connect your PC to the MediaFlex router via Ethernet, and then your set-top box to the MediaFlex adapter via Ethernet, and it would be as if you'd run a cable straight from the PC to the set-top box. The only difference is the lack of an unsightly cable on the floor, waiting to be tripped over by the kids or chewed to pieces by the dog.
In theory, it's quite simple; however, in practice things become a little bit more tricky. Anybody who's ever set up a wireless network before will know how finicky they can be, and unless you're a networking guru or lucky enough to have it work instantly, expect to spend a bit of time making sure all your settings are correct. Still, that's part of the price of dealing with wireless networks, they're very rarely entirely simple affairs.
One of the big selling points of the MediaFlex is its wireless fidelity. By using a multi-antenna system, it claims to be able to detect and determine the best wireless path, avoiding disturbances and interference. We didn't experience any performance issues while streaming content throughout our offices, which are fairly open-plan, but have an industrial-strength air-conditioning unit installed. However, no two environments are identical, so how it performs in other types of environments will vary. Nevertheless, based on our tests, the MediaFlex may provide a viable solution for users whose current wireless network is susceptible to interference.
The design of the router (and the almost-identical adapter) is quite elegant, being shaped sort of like a ... well, we're not sure really. Although the spinning green light, which is located on the top of the unit, could be an annoyance in a darkened home theatre room. The router comes with four Ethernet ports and one WAN port, while the adapter comes with a single Ethernet port.
For users who wish to unwire their currently wired home entertainment network, or who are simply looking for a way of reducing interference, the MediaFlex router and adapter combination from Ruckus is worth considering.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 ASUS TUF FX505 (Ryzen 7) review: Tolerable trade-offs
- 2 Oppo A5Xs review: Cutting corners
- 3 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 4 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 5 Xiro Drone Xplorer V by Rapoo review
Latest News Articles
- You can now watch Optus Sport on your LG TV
- Samsung adds to soundbar lineup with Q950T and Q900T
- The Sonos Move is now available in Lunar White
- The roadtrip-ready Echo Auto finally comes to Australia
- Samsung’s second-gen 8K TVs are cheaper and slimmer
PCW Evaluation Team
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
- Sonos Arc review: The Main Event
- Soundbars: Why they’re worth it and which one should you buy
- Buying a laptop this EOFY? Here's a cheat sheet
- 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