In this video, we review the Zyxel Armor G5 router. We evaluate the design and its structure with integrated antenna, go down to the component details, and test its speed in real world conditions at the 802.11ac / ax standard.
It has a nice box, when you open it, it says “Get ready for fast internet”. On the back, highlights such as Wi-Fi 6 support, 10Gbit LAN support, 8×8 antenna installation for 5GHz, 4-core chip working at 2.2GHz are made. Inside is the router itself, its adapter and a short RJ-45 cable.
Design. Once there is no antenna in sight, but there are actually 13 antennas inside. Compared performance of integrated and external antennas is discussed, we will test its range, but something that makes it very easy to install this device on a wall or ceiling when it comes to place, and does not grin on such surfaces, can create an advantage over positioning. As you can see in the size of a normal modem / router, but weighing 1 kilogram, one of the heaviest compared to its competitors, we will open and look.
It has a red logo that distinguishes itself visually from the Armor G1, it looks like a button, but it does not, it also has an RGB lighting on it, you can set it to a color you want, it can be turned off so it does not attract attention, in general, this is the only light on which you can see its status.
There are ventilation grilles on the sides, and you see an information label under it, likewise. When we go behind it, the segment of this machine reveals itself very harshly. USB 3.1 second generation port, a storage unit that you want to use as a media server can be attached here, you can share the media you want with the whole network, this is a usage scenario we encounter in most modems / routers. 2.5GBit WAN Port, which is something we see in high-end machines, especially in competitors with Wi-Fi 6, we are slowly getting used to it, but the 10Gbit port is something we encounter in a few devices in this consumer class. For example, when you want to buy a 10Gbit card for a desktop, they are around 1000TL and 10Gbit means 1250MB per second guys, this is a hefty speed you may need for serious professional use, although the Armor G5 is also an outrageous router. The input and output from 4 Gigabit RJ-45 ports end like this.
Hardware infrastructure. It is stated that it has a quad-core chip running at 64-bit 2.2GHz and 1GB of RAM, but what brand is the chip, there is no explanation about it. It has a complex structure inside, the cooling side looks strong enough, I did not have the slightest problem with heat stability during my use. As you can see, the antennas are attached to a metal plate that acts as an antenna. The chips are under metal plates that would require me to desold them, so I couldn’t open it myself.
Interface. It has an app called Zyxel Armor, which you can find on Google Play and App Store, it doesn’t even need to go to the desktop, it’s much more comfortable. You log in with a Zyxel account or social media account, it directs you with similar images whether you have an internet cable connected, but in English, be informed, networks are created in a short time, you can separate them as 2.4Ghz / 5GHz if you want, you can specify their names and passwords, an update before finishing everything. looking if there is any, doing it if there is any and it’s done
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You can check the internet status in the application, you can track who is connected, you can block the device you want, you can do a speed test, when you say whether the internet has slowed down, you can do a signal test, there is a Wi-Fi tab, you can turn the main and guest network on and off, and there are parent controls. In detailed settings, you can set port forwarding, UPnP, DMZ and network mode.
There is also a desktop interface, it is not very different from the mobile interface, the mobile side is quite sufficient. Open VPN stands out here, it enables you to create a remote access network, in fact, you have a special bridge from point to point, from site to site, in short, you can control the network at home office while you are out. There is parent control, you can determine the connection times of the receivers you choose. You can open the flash memory or external disk that you connect from USB applications to the use of the network, you can turn it into a media server.
There are DNS settings, such as DyDNS, no-ip, Port forwarding, UPnP. One of the most important things, Armor G5 is up to date encryption protocol WPA 3 supported, guest network and WPS are standard stuff anyway. There is a firewall, but I couldn’t see anything specific to DDoS protection, although it has a suitable hardware.
In the technical specifications list, a potential speed of 1200MBit at 2.4GHz and 4800MBit at 5GHz for 802.11ax, ie Wi-Fi 6 supported router, is mentioned. It’s about speed and range. In the 802.11ac standard, in the same room as the Armor G5, it got around 110Mbit 14MB / second at 2.4GHz and 800Mbit around 100MB / second at 5GHz. 75 meters / square and 3 walls, then 6MB / second at 2.4GHz, around 270Mbit 34MB / second at 5GHz.
In the 802.1ax standard, in the same room as the Armor G5, an average of 170Mbit 21MB / second at 2.4GHz, 880Mbit around 110MB / second at 5GHz. It has difficulty connecting at 2.4GHz due to the range, it can go up to 100Mbit instantly from 30Mbit, and at 5GHz it is quite variable as you can see from the table in the 200-300Mbit range.
The integrated antenna installation certainly facilitates its positioning, for example, on the ceiling, but due to its structure, the range performance and speed segment is significantly behind its competitors with external antennas, the difference is much more pronounced at 2.4GHz, the difference is pushing the Gigabit limit at 5GHz. It is useful to position the Armor G5 close to the receiving devices.
Power consumption. It consumes around 14W when idle and around 25W under load. In the upper segment, routers with powerful chips, such a consumption is obviously not absurd. As of my use, approximately 15 devices, phones, laptops, desktops, smart home appliances are connected, I have been actively using it for about 1 month, bridging my 100Mbit infrastructure, it worked without any problems during this period.
Zyxel Armor G5. The price of this video is around 3500TL as of the time it was shot, and be sure to check the current price yourself. With its integrated antenna structure, it can be fixed to the wall, ceiling, and can be advantageous compared to use, because imagine that there are 13 external antennas, it looks ugly on such surfaces. However, something is sacrificed for this, that is, speed and range, its price segment is behind its competitors, so it is necessary to position it closer to the receiving devices, if you are going to do such a positioning, Zyxel Armor G5 can be found on your list.