Planex Communications is releasing their latest compact, wall power-outlet mountable MZK-KR150 router in Japan on April 6 (today). Truly, miniaturization is also coming to wireless routers. Replace your old bulk and space-hogging wireless router such as D-Link Xtreme N Storage Router DIR-685 (if the LCD screen is not that too important to you) with the Planex MZK-KR150N and you will also save on your electricity bill. Aside from being tiny, only 52 x 80 x 42mm and weighing just 140g, the MZK-KR150N only consumes 2W of power! Not bad for a lightweight energy-saving device.
Despite its compact design, the Planex MZK-KR150N offers an amazing 150mbps wireless transmission speed on 802.11n. It has 13 channels and it operates on 2.4GHz frequency band. Unlike the Netgear 500Mbps Powerline Ethernet Kits (XAVB5001 and XAVB5501), the external antenna has a signal gain of 3dBi.
This wireless router uses orthogonal frequency division multiplexing modulation division for Wireless-N and Wireless-G. It uses direct sequence spread sprectrum method for the old Wireless-B transmission scheme.
For some technical specs and features: the Planex MZK-KR150N Power-Outlet Wireless Router offers browser-based configuration and can do plug-n-play automic wireless configuration using WPS feature. Wireless security is provided through 64bit/128bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK and WPA-Mixed PSK using AES encryption. This router is compatible with CyberGateDDNS and DynDNS and further privacy can be done through VPN using IPSec pass-through, PPTP pass-through and L2TP pass-through. Further protection can be done through manual MAC address, IP address or URL filtering for added security.
This small wireless router has a 1 RJ45 LAN connector with 10/100Mbps Ethernet speed. The Planex MZK-KR150N has 3 buttons, the power button, the WPS button and a Reset button mode selector ( Router or Access Point Mode). It has LED light indicators for Power, Wireless/WPS, Internet and LAN status. If you think you need to have a cooling device, we suggest you take a peep into the specs and cool features of Dr. Cool Router Cooler which can also be used with other models made by Linksys (e.g., Linksys WRT110 RangePlus-n), Belkin, TrendNet and other manufacturers.
Planex is set to sell the MZK-KR150N in Japan for 9,800 Yen or around US$118 (suggested retail price). This router is so far only compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, and the new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion & older machines. Planex has yet to confirm compatibility with Linux distros such as Linux Ubuntu 8.10 or BeOS computers.