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4.0 out of 5 stars A High End router at a bargain price, 6 Dec 2011
This review is from: Belkin Wireless N750 Dualband Router DSL (Cable Line) (Electronics)
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Firstly, this is a router and not a modem/router. It needs a cable, satellite or a separate modem in order to work and does not connect directly to the telephone line.

This is one of Belkin's flagship products and as a top of the range product it should be judged as such. That said, it is very competitively priced compared to similar devices from other manufacturers some of which cost several hundred pounds.

The router is very well designed with stylish and attractive looks. The build quality could be a bit better as the construction is almost all of lightweight plastic. It remains to be seen how well the device will fare with long term use in a domestic situation. There are just two front panel lights which indicate power, internet and WPS connectivity status. For a high end device such as this more critical users might have expected to see front panel status lights to show LAN port connectivity. I note too that the router is designed for use only in the vertical position.

Setup is very easy with a CD based wizard to walk you through the connection procedure. More experienced users will find that this is not needed as connecting directly to the router GUI webpage allows for rapid manual setup. All the user needs is the login and password provided by the ISP.

The manual provided is really little more than an expanded setup guide with a troubleshooting guide on the end. The more advanced capabilities of the router are not mentioned at all, this is very annoying for the more geeky users.

In use the router offers a very high speed connection of up to 450Mbps wirelessly for those with hardware to support it and 4 gigabyte LAN ports for high speed cable linkage. These speeds will be a boon to gamers and those streaming HD video. Indeed, the router has been optimised to favour these type of connections. The wifi streams at both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz seem fast and stable to be although a reduction in propagation for the 5Ghz stream, as is to be expected. It is possible to use a Guest Network to allow casual users to connect to the internet whilst denied access to the router GUI or other networked equipment.

The router supports USB connected printers allowing them to be shared wirelessly over the network as it does for USB hard drives with a built in media server allowing video and audio files to be played on suitably equipped network devices. In fact there are two separate USB ports with status LED's to allow for multiple devices. Since it is not mentioned I assume that USB hubs cannot be used and neither can USB scanners, webcams or other devices.

It has some novel features included. Automated software to allow backups to USB connected hard drives. A self healing routine with which the router restarts itself to a schedule to reset it's memory.

There are no real problems I have found in using this router. The main criticisms I have are of the things that are omitted. These are features probably not needed by the general user but much appreciated by those prepared to seek out a high end device: lack of status LED's, a comprehensive manual, MAC address linked Static IP provision. Also, I was surprised to find in this newly designed device no support for IPV6 tunnelling

There are also many features missing found in rival (but more expensive) top end routers: VOIP, DECT, IPV6, etc.

The Good:

Very well priced for what it offers

Attractive modern styling

Two USB ports

Optimised for gaming and video streaming

Gigabyte LAN

2.4Ghz and 5Ghz separately configurable streams

Very fast and powerful wireless signal

Easy wizard based setup

Guest network

Mediaserver feature built in

Self healing feature built in

Wireless printing support

Backup to USB software supplied

Useful Router Manager software

The Bad:

Only usable in vertical position

No front panel LAN socket LED's

No USB scanner support

No IPV6 support

No VOIP support

No DECT support

No printed manual

Manual is very basic

This is a very powerful, well specified and reliable top of the range router, lacking a few details that high end users may miss, but offered at a bargain price.
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2011 18:24:14 GMT
Hello Book Critic,

Thank you for your very detailed review. Thank you as well for your pro's and con's list. We will definitely forward this info over to our design team for consideration in future products and updates. Please write us at customercare@belkin.com if you ever have any questions or comments for us.

Best Regards,
Belkin Support

Posted on 3 Apr 2012 14:54:19 BDT
You wouldn't happen to know the Xbox ports that need to be opened for Xbox to support this router?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2012 15:16:48 BDT
marcoscu says:
You should just need to turn on UPnP on the router and it should just interact automatically with the XBox to forward the required ports. The XBox should work with any modern router. Xbox LIVE requires the following ports to be open:

Port 88 (UDP)
Port 3074 (UDP and TCP)
Port 53 (UDP and TCP)
Port 80 (TCP)

Hope this helps

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2012 17:41:56 BDT
I have other issues although; I can't get into the router settings (192.168.1.1) to make adjustments. I am also in China and using Windows7. Hope you can help?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2012 09:48:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Apr 2012 09:48:29 BDT
marcoscu says:
Try http://router or 192.168.2.1
Try looking at the help section on the manual on the CD
Try using the CD Wizard to reinstall again

If you still cannot connect to the router GUI using an ethernet cable then you should email their support team on customercare@belkin.com.
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