Makita RT0700CX3 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit Preview
The new Makita RT0700CX3 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit (RTK) was announced at CES 2017. The RTK is a high performance, low cost device that provides the same features as its larger counterpart, but with a smaller footprint.
In addition to the standard features found in other RTK models, the RTK includes a built-in Wi-Fi module which allows it to connect directly to your home network without any additional hardware or software. The RTK comes preloaded with free routerswitcher software from Netgear that enables you to use your existing wireless network without having to install anything new. You will need a router with access point (AP) functionality installed in order for this feature to work properly.
The RTK uses a dual core processor and a quad core ARM Cortex A9 CPU. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space. The RTK supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 technology, which makes it compatible with most devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart TVs, game consoles and printers.
The maximum theoretical throughput is 300 Mbps.
The designed range for the RTK is over 500 feet (152 m) line-of-sight with an unobstructed HD video transmission through 8 concrete walls. The system’s digital stream has an adaptive interference management feature which avoids interference from other 2.4 GHz networks, resulting in a stable signal whenever devices are at range.
The maximum theoretical performance of the RTK in open air is over 984 MB/s. Transfers over an 802.11n connection are maximized at 300 MB/s.
The RTK is very small compared to most other routers. It’s roughly the size of a small water bottle. It has an easy-to-use touch sensitive LED display screen on the front, 4 high powered antennas on top and a USB 3.0 port on the bottom.
It is made of durable plastic and can be mounted on a wall using the mounting hole on bottom.
The kit includes the router, a mounting bracket with screws, an AC adapter and several different types of cables.
A user manual is also included.
The mains adapter is 100-240V so it will work on any voltage and the device automatically adjusts to the appropriate voltage. The power cable is attached to the device itself and not the adapter so you cannot lose them.
There is a WPS button located on the side of the device for easy connection to wireless routers that support WPS.
The USB 3.0 port can be used to connect external storage devices such as hard drives or flash memory. The RTK will act as a wireless router for these devices, enabling connection to the internet and allowing sharing with other devices connected to the router.
USB 3.0 is compatible with USB 2.0 but the port on the back of the device does not supply power.
There are four indicator lights located on the front of the device, to the right of the touch screen display. These lights show the status of the device: power, USB connection, WAN connection and LAN connection.
The Eero app is available for download from the Apple app store and the Google Play store. It can be downloaded on a computer or any Android or iPhone device. It is used to configure and manage your Eero network.
The Eero app shows you the current status of your Eero network at a glance in a easy-to-read dashboard. From here you can view the IP addresses of each Eero device in your network, their individual strength and how they are connected to one another. You can also see the devices connected to your Eero network at any given time.
You can manage devices connected to your Eero network using Parental Controls, which allow you to limit internet access at certain times of the day or for a set amount of time. You can pause WiFi for all devices on the network or for specific devices. This pauses all internet activity, including apps and website browsing.
Parental Controls can also block inappropriate content, such as harmful sites (hacking, viruses…), bullying, adult content and more.
You can see a monthly calendar overview that shows you how much data has been used by each device on the network and an individual breakdown of this data per Device Name, Device MAC Address and IP Address.
You can also see the IP Address of each Eero device and this can be changed. This is useful if you wish to change your router’s IP address range, so you do not lose the DHCP settings on your devices during the process.
There is an easy to follow step by step guide for initial setup and subsequent management of your network using the Eero app.
You can add other Eero networks to your own so you can access devices connected to a specific Eero device from any other connected device. This is called Guest WiFi and is perfect for sharing your internet with visitors or when you need temporary access to the internet from a friend’s house or another location.
You can set up a password for your Guest WiFi to keep other people from accessing it.
You can also set specific devices to only access the internet via Guest WiFi, meaning they cannot access the internet when not connected to your Guest network. This is useful if you don’t want your children to access certain devices when they are at school or elsewhere.
If you have the Eero Pro WiFi system, you can also use it to create multiple Guest WiFi networks with different passwords and data limits for each individual network.
The Eero app allows you to pause the internet for any or all devices on your network individually or all at once. This is useful if you are expecting an important call or if you need to speak to someone in person and don’t want to be disturbed by the internet!
You can also pause different devices on your Eero network for a customised period of time. This is useful if one or more devices are being used by someone at a set time every day and you don’t want them using the internet at any other time. You could also pause all devices at a set time to ensure everyone comes downstairs at dinner time!
You can pause internet access for a specific device using the MAC address or the Device Name (this is often shown on the Wifi Router). This allows you to pause a specific device that isn’t following your general internet schedule. For example, pausing a child’s device that has been accidently left switched on when you have set the internet schedule to be paused.
You can pause any or all of your devices for a specific period of time or until a set date and time. For example, pausing all devices from 8am-5pm on a Saturday will automatically disable all internet activity from all devices at that time every Saturday.
You can set a specific device to only remain connected to the internet when it is physically located at a certain location. For example, you could set your child’s device to only have internet access when it is at home and the signal strength is strong. If the device moves away from your home, the internet will be cut off until it returns within range or a certain time period has elapsed.
You can share your public/home WiFi connection with others through the app. This is useful if you have a device that can only access the internet via WiFi (like an Xbox or TV) and don’t want to give out your personal password. This feature is called WiFi Pass-Through.
So, these were just a few of the features that you can experience when using the Eero app for managing your WiFi network. To see a full list of features and the different settings you can change, visit the Eero Support website.
You can also learn more about the WiFi technology powering your EERO system and how it can work for you by visiting the Eero Support website. If you have any questions or need some advice on how to get the most out of your EERO WiFi system, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Support Team.
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