Actiontec GT784WN review

Actiontec GT784WN: Modem Wireless Router with MIMO Smart Antenna

Actiontec GT784WN

The Actiontec GT784WN is a modem router that provides you with flexibility for a modest value. It's a single-band model that supports the advanced 802.11n technology. The previous GT704WR version has only one antenna and its speed is limited to 54 Mbps. It also doesn’t support a Wi-Fi connection.

The router is designed to be positioned either vertically or horizontally as it comes with a stand and has anti-slip rubber pads on its back. The item measures 6.8 x 1.3 x 7 inches, so it won't take up too much space. There are 4 Ethernet ports, 1 ADSL port, and 1 phone port on its right side. Its left side contains several LED indicators (Power, DSL, Ethernet, etc.). The unit has black chassis and includes 2 external antennas.

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Setup

  1. Plug the DSL line into the phone port.
  2. Connect the router to your PC via an Ethernet port.
  3. Turn the unit on (the on/off switch is located on its right side). The DSL and Power LEDs must glow solid green.
  4. Run the AutoDetect Wizard. After installation, you will get access to the main menu where you can configure the router.

It was easy to perform the connections since all the ports and the provided cables are color-coded (power cord is black, Ethernet cable is yellow, and phone cable is gray).

If you will face some issues with the router's performance out of the box, try to download an upgrade for the GT784WN firmware from the Actiontec official website.

Since the setup process is just as simple as it was promised by the manufacturer, I can estimate it for 10 out of 10.

Security

The Actiontec 300 Mbps wireless-N ADSL modem router GT784WN has an impressive number of security features, providing near-commercial grade protection. It uses WPA and WPA2 encryptions and has an ID assignation feature (you can assign a unique ID to each wireless gateway) that prevents hacking. You also can fully customize the firewall, i.e. filter content, add additional encryption to prevent unwanted access to your network, etc. Thus, I think that this model deserves 10 for the security level that it can provide.

Speed and Operation

The router has a data transfer rate of 300 Mbps. It's based on a microprocessor with a single core. Considering that it's a single-band (2.4 GHz) model, I didn’t expect more. The provided MIMO antenna reduces the dead spots in your Wi-Fi connection to a minimum and speeds up the internet.

Before beginning to test the router for this Actiontec GT784WN review, I placed it in the same room with my devices, next to the TV, in order to not create interference with walls and other objects. There were no drop-offs in the Wi-Fi connection, so I was impressed by its consistency. However, I've also noticed that the router quickly becomes warm during the operation, therefore it may not be designed to work for twenty-four hours.

That's why I gave the unit a 9 out of 10 rating.

Actiontec GT784WN Pros and Con

Pros

  • You can easily connect older wireless devices to the router since it's fully backward compatible.
  • The router works with all the popular DSL service providers like Qwest, CenturyLink (except for their VDSL), and many others.
  • The model supports ADSL2+ with speeds up to 24 Mbps downstream.
  • The Actiontec GT784WN bridge mode allows you to connect two routers without problems.

Cons

  • It doesn't have a USB port.
  • The router doesn't work with such cable systems as Comcast, Time Warner, etc.
  • There is no way to control it remotely (only from the computer).
Actiontec GT784WN

Common

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2507

Brand

Actiontec

WIFI features

WiFi Technology

802.11n

WiFi Range

2.4 GHz

WiFi Band

Single band

WiFi Speed

1600 Mbps

Channels Quantity

11

Encryption Algorithm

AES, TKIP, WPA, WPA2

WAN features

Ethernet WAN

SIM Card Slot

LAN features

Ethernet LAN

Data Rates

10 Mbps/sec

RJ-45 Ports

4

DSL features

DSL WAN

ADSL2

VDSL

VDSL2

Product Features

CPU

Single Core Processor

RAM

FLASH

Screen Size

Screen Resolution

QoS Support

LED Indicators

Ports & Interfaces

USB Ports Quantity

1

USB Ports Type

USB 3.0

eSATA

Antenna

Antennas Quantity

1

Antenna Type

External

Management Features

WPS Push Button

Reset Button

Security

VPN Support

 IPSec

Firewall

NAT

Power

Power Source Type

adapter

AC Input Voltage

110 V

AC Input Frequency

50 - 60 Hz

Dimensions

Size

6.8 x 1.3 x 7 inches

Weight

1.6 pounds