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Got one of these to share my cable line in student digs with high hopes of using the ultra-fast (at the time) 2Mbps connection. Disappointment was not far around the corner...
The unit looks like functional enough with plenty of flashing lights on the front and a smattering of ports on the back. It starts up in about 30 seconds and then you're ready to configure it.
Which is not all that simple. Sure, there's a wizard-like interface to guide you through the essential settings, but the device can inexplicably freeze at times in the middle of making changes.
The experience doesn't get much better when you're supposedly up and running. It can go for a few minutes and then your connection will suddenly stop working. At this point it's difficult to determine if it's the router or your ISP at fault - the configuration screen will often lie and tell you it's disconnected when it's not! The only real cure is to restart the router and wait for it to come back online. This is a real pain and pretty inexcusable in my opinion. You don't even need to be using it heavily to make it fall over.
The Belkin 4-Port Cable/DSL Gateway Router (the Router) lets you easily share your cable or DSL modem's connection to the Internet with all your connected computers. Along with the convenience of networking, you'll enjoy the advantages of broadband Internet access without the expense of additional service connections and extra modems. The Router provides top-level security to your network with a NAT firewall that locks out would-be hackers, and you'll also be able to restrict access on any or all of the computers on the network. Using VPN (Virtual Private Networking), the Router can be configured to allow remote access to the network by authorized users.
Shares your single, broadband Internet account with up to 4 computers;
Offers accelerated multiplayer gaming;
Supports PPTP, PPPoE, IPSec pass through protocols and DHCP (client and server);
Uses the built-in switch to share files and peripherals;
Provides dedicated bandwidth to each computer in your network, enabling error-free data transmission;
Protects your computer and network against unauthorized access with NAT firewall;
Logs attempted intrusions into your network;
Lets you access your network from remote locations with VPN;
Adds more computers to your network through the uplink port;
Works with Macintosh computers and PCs;
Also supports computers running Linux or UNIX OS;
Configures easily via your web browser or Easy Install Wizard;
Stackable enclosure and vertical stand minimizes device footprint.
|Product Description:||Belkin F5D5231-4 - router - desktop|
|Data Link Protocol:||Ethernet, Fast Ethernet|
|Network / Transport Protocol:||PPTP, IPSec, PPPoE|
|Features:||DHCP support, NAT support, VPN support|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||Limited lifetime warranty|