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I've had this router for a couple of years now and payed something around £75 from what i recall. At first i was skeptical about the price as everyone is, especially when next to it there are other routers for half the price. However, i decided to go for it as my previous one kept losing connectivity and therefore was really annoying.
The set up was extremely simple. I'm a techie guy so i know alot of things about computer stuff and how to set them up, but this was simple as anything can be: anyone could do it in my opinion! All you have to do is get your ethernet cable from your modem (Ntl, Virgin, BT, Sky or whatever you have) and plug it into the back of this Belkin router. Then plug this router into a mains, make sure everything else is on (Your modem) and your away! The instructions booklet was also very basic, which is usually a good sign as it means less steps therefore easy. Following the instructions took around 3-4 minutes and it was done ready to be used.
The lights on the front tell you what you need to know so you dont have to keep logging into settings all the time to see if theres any problems. Each icon lights up blue when its activated, but will flash orange to let you know theres a problem. This is great as you can then verify what the problem is wihtout having to go through anything: For example, if the problem was the internet was down from your modem then that icon would flash so you know where the problem is coming from.
The coverage of this is perfect. At the time i bought this, we were still building an attic room in our house. However, a few months down the line this routers full potential was realised. We have it downstairs and it sends signals everywhere in my house upto the deep end of my garden! Its great wherever whether you want to chill in the kitchen or sit outside in the Sun (When the weather is good, very rarely..haha), in the attic is simply in the same room. The amount of users it can have is also great and we have had 6 devices connected at one point with no problems.
The security settings are also very useful and easy to set up. You simply have to long on to the server and set up a password so that only you can access it.
The only problem some may find is connecting with your PS3 or Xbox. For the basic user, it may take a while trying to figure out how to try and change the settings to get perfect gamining via your router. However, there are many basic guides on the net explaining how to open your ports for great gaming.
All in all, a very good piece of equipment and well worth the price i payed. It's working 2-3 years later and still as good as new. I would definately reccomend it for any user, whether your a basic user or a more advanced one. The price now is also cheaper and a great buy!
Having got myself a computer and an internet connection I have been left wanting broadband but I wanted a decent network. I had heard about Belkin bu to be fair never knew much about them as a company and how reliable they truly are.
This item is an N1 router and apparently this is one of the best you can get. The design is pretty good with this nice black on the top with grey underneath. At the back is where you have the mains adapter and the modem plug to put inside. You then have the option of having your internet wired into the computer you have or wireless depending which suits you best.
There is 4 ethernet cables to be fitted in the back if you wish and you have the reset button which is only accessible via a small needle. You have the front display panel which gives you all the information you need. When you plug the modem into the device and turn the power on you have blue lights flash up under that box. You have 6 altogether lights which range from the modem to the internet itself.
You install the device basically by searching for it. If you have wireless capability on your computer and this item is turned on your asked to put a password and name a network. This is then protected from outside hackers who might wish to take information away from you.
You must keep the pin of the box which is underneath visible as this is needed sometimes when setting up a network. You find once you have done the necessary installation process all the lights should stay blue. If they turn to a flashing blue it means something is not correct and it will flash up a set area.
If the modem lights flash it means the modem is playing up and if the wireless box is flashing it is the wireless connection.
The installation and how easy it is to work out what your doing make this a very good router indeed. You data transfer rate for this box is 300MBPS which is quite quick and I have found this to be very quick compared to other routers.
The frequency band is 2.4ghz and yet again I am sorry I am not that clued up on some of the technical information but I am going to provide this as this might be important to some people. I would say that there is also a lifetime guarantee on this box and you do get firewall protection as well.
When people log on to the router via the password you are able to bring up a page on the computer and alter settings if you want and change the ports and plenty of other technical stuff.
I have found the device to be really easy to use and if there is issues I can solve them myself by the easy flashing blue light method.
Purchased the N1 as I needed a larger range, and this certainly does deliver on that. I have even configure my friends who lives 4 doors down and her laptop picks up my signal. The only thing I can fault is the fact that they have 3 aerials, it does just seem a tad unnecessary in my opinion. It was fairly easy to configure, however I did have some teethign problems at first, which did turn out to be my ISP who were at fault. The control interface is very easy to navigate around and configure. The wireless has an extra security option which is reassuring. Another very positive point about it was it had a VERY VERY easy to follow installation guide. Which basically says step 1, do this etc (in text) and has a step by step picture guide too. The only thing that it doesnt do, which it maybe should. Is guide you through actually setting up the settings in order to connect to the internet.
I have had this wireless router for a few months now and I think that it is amazing. To be honest only one of my laptops has Wireless-N enabled but the main selling point was the number of aerials. May be stupid but I needed high coverage throughout my house and the picture coupled with the information and the reviews I read lead me to believe that despite the price this wireless router was the one that I would require.
Connectivity - Within 30 minutes I had this wireless router up and running, my ISP is TalkTalk and please note that this version of the router does come with a modem and works with ASDL but not cable so please check your type of internet connection in advance.
Speed - With wireless - N I easily achieve 108mbps and even when I am using wireless B/G I still get great speeds and coverage on my laptop and not a dead spot around.
Overall this is a great wireless router but before I end this review please remember to use a decent level of security to disable hackers from accessing your personal files or even better block out all MAC addresses and only let your own MAC addresses through which is a sure fire way to make sure your files are secure within your home/business.