The case is fabricated with a stylish heavy duty plastic and a roughened finish effect.

The two LEDs on each Ethernet socket indicate the activity on the port and whether it is running in 10 or 100Mbps mode.

The curious reader will be wondering why I have not mentioned the two USB ports - do not be deceived, they are not USB ports but are actually latches that hold the plastic back panel in place, and will also secure the router to a stand that is due to appear on the market soon.

The Speed Touch 510 v4 is a new version of the older 510 model and reflects the new Thomson name.

It is based around both new hardware and firmware, but still carries the family pedigree for reliability. The main new features are UPn P compliance, and a 4-port 10/100Mbps in-built switch.

In the web configuration there is very little that can be fiddled with.

This is the one area of the router that has changed little since the original 510 model.

so your mail or web server will be visible to the Internet.

If you have any XP computers on your LAN and the UPn P support is installed you will probably notice a couple of port mappings already in the list.

The major advantage with the Thomson set-up software over other routers is that it reboots the router and looks after your computers network card properties as well.

This makes the set-up ideal for people who do not have the slightest clue what an IP address is.

If you decide to use the firewall at a later date it can be turned on via the CLI interface.