[ WireLess Router Manufacturers and Brands sold in South Korea ]
a good Decade past the Millennium, routers even wireless are quite stable . looking back a Decade when even the most popular American AND Japanese models simply would NOT work – as in incompatible – in a Peninsula poised to speed-up as the fastest on Planet Earth, however the cheap no-brand Chinese models connecting, but unstable with random cut-offs . ofcourse it may have been due to the development phase of internet conncetion through the Korean Peninsula . now ipTime dominates the general consumer market with some AnyGate, while only the design-conscious who only buys a MacBook Air to gleam at StarBucks, would still cling onto
- Californian Linksys (great but did not work in KangNam in the early days when KT was testing its fastest connection in Korea) merged into Cisco in 2003, is about to be sold onto competing Belkin below,
- NetGear (my best friend before the influx of ipTime)
- and Belkin (best casing design in the whole World, but just too expensive for the laymen) with the long-time main-board or mother-board AND laptop or notebook market’s hidden card Asus, still produce (but unfortunately NOT Officially export onto South Korea) a handful of state-of-the-art powerful wireless routers incomparable to ipTime to-date (appended : 2013)
- Taiwanese D-Link (was Korea’s most general router before the age of ipTime)
- and Japanese Buffalo (impressive to see larger electronics districts in Tokyo and Osaka stuttled with so many varied models NOT exported) would be the next best option to buy a foreign model, if you need English manual AND try DD-WRT firmware . but CAUTION : as some models sold here even with exactly identical model numbers do NOT allow DD-WRT firmware .
– most still superior in quality and design, except perhaps D-Link but there simply is NO need to, anymore on the Korean Peninsula, for ipTime connects so well WITH unprecedented product AND customer support – even more human compared to absolutely customer-oriented SamSung Electronics Service . yet incredibly, those were American, Japanese and Taiwanese competition :
for local and Chinese makers are constantly trying to squeeze-in, with even cheaper pricing while retaining compatibility (so far OK) AND customer support (not close though). so noteable mention are : Bless information Network‘s Zio, head-quartered in Yeah~ YongSan and more-so Netis Systems‘ Netis Korea, planning a bloody invasion from Gasan Digital Valley (Oops, actually it is “Complex” but as South Korea’s Millennium Silicon Valley : many block-buildings are named so) on the South-Western out-skirts of the Capital . and ipTime has changed history – for the moment at least 3-years : for each now has extensive customer support trying to earn confidence ipTime has amazingly started in a Start-up’s way, when once honorary American and Japanese, not to mention cheap Chinese makers won’t think twice about opening an inquiry post-board on their Korean website ..
thus reasons are running-out why you would use a foreign brand/model instead of ipTime, but still :
- absolutely if you are a router guru, only a cloud below the World of Gods, and always looking down at the normal variety of human beings, when you can spend a good portion of work AND daily life tweaking settings on DD-WRT .
- you definitely need the stronger power and far-reach that only expensive foreign models offer – although may NOT be constantly stable in Korean surroundings .
- you are a beginner and is about to give up on Korean-only manual and set-up Windows on local Korean brands including ipTime .
[ COMPATIBILITY ]
network routers and more-over wireless, are ethereal products where so many aspects can go wrong, as a perfect trio have to work in harmony to seamlessly allow you shared internet connection :
- internet signals from your iSP internet service provider,
- your network router which will split signals to share among several devices in your office or home,
- compatibility with the OS operating system of your computer, laptop or portable device,
[ PRODUCT SUPPORT ]
and here you will be largely left up to you alone if something goes wrong when buy a foreign model or import . support centers of even the most well-known foreign brand is so negligible, I would estimate at 2% compared to ipTime . there-fore you best bet in case of problems would be related local community or fan-base blog .
– Korea Tech BLog, mid-December 2012 –