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Great router, hopeless design,
This review is from: Belkin Wireless N600 Modem Router ADSL (BT Line) (Electronics)
This does the basics very well - range and speed are excellent, and, so far, it's been 100% stable.
It's dual-band (great as long as your devices have 5GHz support), offers a USB port for printer or storage and ability to set up a guest network. I like being able to power the wireless down automatically overnight to reduce power consumption. If you need two ports or gigabit Ethernet, go for the N750.
You don't have to install the software if you're comfortable configuring the router manually and don't want to use the USB port (see below). It's easily configured through the web interface (192.168.2.1, default password blank). I'm using mine with a static ip address on O2 and configuration was straightforward without reference to the manual.
One thing that bugs me beyond reason is that the mains lead is shorter than any other router I've owned, so I have to use an extension lead. The supplied lead is more than a metre, probably about 1.2m or even a little more, but not long enough to reach the location occupied by my last 3 or 4 routers. A longer lead would have cost pennies, if that. I'd solder an extra piece into the lead but that would reduce the router's second-hand value.
The vertical design is hopeless, as far as I'm concerned. It's lightweight and cables attached up the back of it make it very unstable. And then there's the gloss black finish which is bound to get smudged and scratched. Give me a good solid brick, every time, even if it does mean external antennae.
As for the "apps", there's little to them. As far as I can see, Self-Healing just lets you schedule a periodic automatic restart and maybe initiates a restart automatically if problems are detected. Memory Safe is a simple backup tool to copy files to USB storage. Print Zone presumably is just the ability to attach a printer to the router. And Video Mover "sends media from a USB drive attached to your Router to any UPnP or DLNA-compatible device on your network". Apart from scheduled restart, I think all those require installation of the Belkin s/w - has to be on all devices wanting to print to the attached printer.
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase and only wish it had a more practical shape and finish (and a longer mains lead!).
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2012 16:54:48 GMT
Belkin Support says:
Hello Mr. Gumby,
Thank you for writing your review. We are happy to hear that you are enjoying your modem router and want to thank you for your comments. We will make sure our design team hears of them. Pleas write us at email@example.com if you ever have any questions or comments for us.
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