The NetComm NB1300 is much like the NB1300PLUS4 (reviewed here) with the main exception that is doesn’t feature the built in four port hub.
Like the NB1300PLUS4, the NB1300 can be connected to your PC by either USB or Ethernet, although we recommend you use Ethernet if available as that allows a better measure of security through network address translation (NAT). Performance is the same through USB as it is through Ethernet as the 12Mb/s of USB is still more than enough for even a high speed ADSL connection.
Installing and configuring the NB1300 is easy - just plug it in, install the drivers, and you can use the web-based interface to change any necessary settings. The installation software also contains a number of profiles from popular ISPs, meaning if your ISP is included you can have the thing up and running in as few as four clicks. You’ll probably need to woggle a few minor things after that, but it really is quite simple. If your ISP is not included, the web based interface to the modem still allows easy setup, and the detailed manual will step you through the various options.
NetComm has done a good job with the overall package on the NB1300, with everything you need to get started included inside. In addition to the modem, you have all the necessary cables, like the USB, Ethernet, power and phone. You also get a decent manual as well as a micro filter, which will filter out any squeaks and squeals from your phone when the ADSL is in operation - these normally need to be bought separately. The warranty is also a decent three years, after online registration that is.
The removal of the four port hub does bring the price down around $50, although that still makes the NB1300 on the more expensive side of the fence as far as ADSL modems are concerned. You are getting a very tidy package, although if you really just want to get online with a basic modem and no firewalling etc, you can get away with a USB modem for around $100 less. Also, if you want to hook up more than one PC, then we’d recommend spending the extra $50 and going for the NB1300PLUS and saving money on an extra hub.