4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
some nice features
, 25 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Belkin Wireless N450 Modem Router ADSL (BT Line) (Accessory)
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At one level, a modem/router is a commodity product. If you know what they do you know how they work; if you don't, your friend will. They all do roughly the same thing and so does this one.
It has some nice features and some other features which while true might also be the outcome of a marketing brain storming session - "how can we differentiate this commodity product?"
The dual band wifi is useful (only) if your computer is sufficiently new to have the matching equipment (a descriptive analogy would be while BBC Radio 4 is transmitted on both MW and LW that's only of use to you if your radio is similarly equiped).
Similarly I assume the ability of the network to repair itself (a feature I was unable to test) related to its ability to switch automatically between its "MW" and "LW" on detecting high error rates (if your computer has the right features). Again a descriptive analogy would be the RDS feature of an FM car radio to retune automatically to the different frequencies as you move through the country and lose Radio 4 (again...) on one frequency.
An unequivocally nice feature is the separate guest network. A small but useful security feature that enables you to be generous with your broadband connection but without having to worry about the security of your computer or whether your guest's computer has been compromised.
While aesthetics are always a matter of personal taste, I liked the attempt to make it look less like a bit of technical kit and vaguely elegant and unobtrusive, nothing shouty (so much better than my old router, for which the first task was to find out how to turn off the completely pointless eight blue flashing LEDs).
It comes preset with name/password combos for both networks so it's ready to go. They're easily changed, too.
A final minor gripe. There are other operating systems than MS Windows or Apple, and while being a Linux desktop/laptop user makes me in a small minority, increasingly you might be using a Linux variant, e.g., Android, on your mobile/tablet. The box the router comes in, by omission, suggests they wouldn't work. What operating system is on your computer is irrelevant uses so this marketing decision seems odd.
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