Vivid Wireless Home Gateway Review

Preface

This is a follow-on from an earlier post Vivid Wireless – wireless broadband for the masses in Australia. As mentioned in the post, the modem options are quite limited and I will review both options, this is the first of the two – Home Gateway.

As with all my reviews, this a user review of the product, therefore I will not look at the technical specs, etc. of the device. If you’re looking for the technical specs, you can find them on the Vivid Wireless Home Gateway product page.

Disclaimer: I am not an employee or in anyway associated with Vivid Wireless/Optus, I am just another customer of Vivid Wireless.

Introduction

If you are reading this article, I assume you have already read my article, Vivid Wireless – wireless broadband for the masses in Australia, and now trying to decide between the two modem options.

The Home Gateway as marketed by Vivid Wireless is designed to be a stay at home replacement to your current router, with an emphasis on wireless.

Package Contents

Like with most electronics these days, the contents of the package is pretty bare-bone. The package I received came with:

  • Minimal documentation (warranty notice & get started guide)
  • Power adapter
  • Modem
  • 1 Ethernet cable

What I liked (PROs)

Wireless 802.11n support

802.11n may not be the latest and greatest in 2015, and some may also debate about the actual performance of 802.11n. To me, I can notice a big difference when I use 802.11g and 802.11n. So this is a definite huge advantage over the ViViFi.

Wireless modem

Being a Wireless modem, you have much more flexibility in placement of the modem. You no longer need to worry about having to be close to a phone line connector.

Dual antennas

Sometimes less is better, but in this case, more is better. Dual antennas really do give you better reception.

What I disliked (CONs)

  • 100Mbps Ethernet ports (that’s slower than the on-board wireless)
  • Only 2 Ethernet ports

Conclusion

Overall experience with the device is a positive, I’ve not had any issues with it. Had good reception, only let down was the slow Ethernet ports – but it is a dated device.

If you have a need to connect Ethernet/compatible phone devices to the Vivid Wireless network, then the Gateway is your only option. In fact, unless you have a need/like the option of portability/mobility, this is your first modem of choice.

Product Photos

Figure 1. Box Cover.
Figure 2. Warranty notice on top of home gateway device inside box.
Figure 3. Remaining contents inside box after taking out gateway device; a power adapter and one ethernet cable.
Figure 4. Home gateway next to power adapter.
Figure 5. End view with power socket and two phone ports.
Figure 6. End view with WPS and reset buttons along with two ethernet ports.

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