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For shared accommodation, and with a fairly speedy and high bandwidth broadband line, our house of friends collectively decided to get this router as we believed the advertised 300 Mbps wireless-N draft and 100Mbps "Fast Ethernet" wired technology would be capable of serving 6 wireless devices at once. We were mistaken. Although this router can more than handle one or two connections giving a clear line to the net down our VM line, once a couple of users connected, the whole thing slowed down, and this was not alleviated by some of us moving to the wired connection temporarily. This lead me to believe that this is a problem with the router's ability to handle several data streams rather than brute force speed through one connection. Many of you might be thinking that, through a shared connection or at busy times, file sharing among a user or heavy traffic on the street might slow down the speed, but let me assure you, the same problems existed at off-peak times and when no torrent activity was present. More "annoying" then anything else, the router required frequent restarts which helped sometimes, and occasionally a cold reboot to factory settings to get things up and running again... as the resident techie, I was not happy.
The router has the standard set of configurations available to you when you call up its settings page from a computer, such as admin password, firewall settings, logs of traffic, security, DMZ for a computer out of the router firewall, port forwarding etc. It does however state QOS is supported and has a help section for QOS, however for the firmware version I had, there was no QOS settings tab - it was either meant to be included in a later firmware update or was forgotten.
We could not really test the wireless N speed, as kicking everyone off for a single file transfer would've made me very unpopular, and the outside connection to the internet was only 20 Mbps, but it did reach 8 MBps once (64 Mbps) between a wireless N and a wired computer - not really a test of the N capability, but shows this router should handle above G speeds between at least two computers. As for the triple antennae, this worked well, as everyone got a minimum of 4 bars most of the time (good for a 3 storey terraced house - max two walls to get through) - its just a shame we bought this when the N draft standard was quite new, where we should have been looking for a very good and proven wireless G mimo router. Don't buy for a shared connection.
When my old router gave up the ghost (after a relatively short life), I embarked on the quest for a new one ... now having been used to searching for things on the internet its a shock to not have it when looking for items these days ... anyway, looked at what was on offer and went for this one. My motivation for buying was the claims about better wireless range etc. I dont have any other "N1" hardware so the speed was not a selling point for me.
This arrived in due course and first impressions are that it's quite big ! It looks nice and sleek in shiny black but its just well big ... anyway ... its function not form I'm after and I've got plenty space, but this could be a consideration for some. (My old Netgear one could be mounted "on edge" to take up very little room, this one is much bigger and sits flat).
So, out of the box it comes and time to get it all set up ... no problems at all in getting the network going - set up and configuration very straightforward, up and running in half an hour. Plugged my powerline adaptor (see other review) into the back to hook up my desktop PC, then got work laptop, home laptop and 2 wireless media players online. Copes with them all no problems. Range is good and both the laptops work anywhere in the house. Still get some wireless deadspots in my kitchen where my BT Receiva Radio doesn't work great, but that could be a very think stone wall. Slightly dissapointed in this last bit, but not enough not to love this. Its basically just there and doing its job now ... grown to like the look of it now. It has three ariels on the back and a series of indicator lights on the front to show you what's connected etc. this is useful if your's is near your PC.
It can cope with a lot of traffic, we've usually got 1 x desktop and 2 x laptops sharing it and it works great. The music players access files on a disk on the desktop without any problems.
Configuration is via a web-based interface and it is, again, pretty straightforward and I must say I've not needed to do much in there which is in stark contrast to my old Netgear one where I was in tweaking settings every other day just to keep it working.
The belkin N1 Router is a fantastic piece of kit and I'm currently using this to network my whole house via wireless.
Wireless N draft is an upgrade to Wireless G and offers a more clear and crisp wireless connection with a larger range, which definitely works as my old standard G router couldn't reach the garden from my room but this router can reach past the garden into the next door neighbours garden, therefore it definitely does what it says on the tin.
I've had this router for a year now and it's working flawlessly, which is unusual for me as my routers tend to break after a year (touch wood).
Only issues I have is when I reboot as on the odd occasion it resets all the data on the router and I have to manually enter the details myself, probably my fault though due to pulling the power from the mains, rather than rebooting the device via the interface page.
The other issue is the fact that the devices you want to connect wirelessly require N draft capability or the router will fail to connect them unless you actually set it as G in the router interface page, therefore if you have 1 G device on your network and then rest are N draft then to connect all the devices you have to downgrade to G in the router interface page or the G device wont connect.
I would highly recommend this router to everyone, but the price tag is a fair amount compared to standard G routers, but then again if you want larger range, better quality and speed (up to 300mbps) then its worth the spend.