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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't complain., 19 Jan 2012
This review is from: Belkin Wireless N450 Modem Router ADSL (BT Line) (Accessory)
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The Belkin N450 Modem Router is a complete hardware package designed to directly replace your BT or Virgin or other internet provider modem router. This means you can literally do away with that cheaply-made piece of plastic that was given to you complimentary with the subscription and upgrade to something better.

At least, that's what is hoped for.

Ok, so the negative first: this doesn't feel very well built. In fact, after only recently changing to a BT broadband package I was very impressed by the quality of the router supplied, and very disappointed with the Belkin N450 which I received not long after. The router given to us by BT just felt a lot more solid and had a very useful removable tab on the back which had on it the router's security key. The Belkin N450 had a piece of paper stuck to the bottom of the thin-as-you-like plastic base which I'm sure will eventually fall off after getting a kick or two. Not great. The setup was also a bit of a pain: in order to connect to our BT line, it required 2 numbers in order to connect up, neither of which I had a clue about. After a little search on the internet I found out the numbers are 38 and 0. Don't ask me why. For someone who likes to just turn something on and expect it to work, this didn't bode well with me. Hopefully if you use BT for your internet provider, those 2 numbers will work. Hopefully.

These niggles aside however, the N450 is actually not a bad router at all, once it's set up correctly. In fact, as it's got 2 transmitter/receivers built in (2.4GHz and 5GHz), this is very handy if you've got more than one computer/device to connect wirelessly (assuming some are on 2.4GHz and some are on 5GHz). If you have an Apple iMac or MacBook for instance, most of the newer ones can use 5GHz wireless, whereas I've tried a couple of new Windows laptops and both use 2.4GHz. Either way, this is great for sharing the internet connection evenly without too much overloading. And actually, even if most (or all) of your devices use 2.4GHz (which is more common), the router still does a great job of serving each device internet connection fairly.

The disc that comes with the router includes a program that quietly runs in the background after it's installed on your main computer and generally doesn't do a lot to get in your way. Having said that, I quite like it and it's something I've always liked about buying a new router: you'll get much greater control over it than you normally would with your regular BT/Virgin/etc router. Change the security password, set up port forwarding for gaming, select filters to stop certain websites being accessed... you can do it all. I'm not saying it's easy to manage, but it's there.

So let's summarise:

- Poor build quality (on the outside)
- First setup may be clunky

+ Handles multiple computers better than the average bog-standard router
+ Has a great wireless range (covers 3 floors in our house!!)
+ Comprehensive, useful software on the disc included

"Why would I buy this?"

If you're looking for a router with great multiplexing (handling lots of different computers, especially Windows/Apple combination) and capabilities that allow you to get the most out your current broadband connection, providing every corner of your house with a decent connection, then this is the router for you- especially if you've got an average understanding of how to use computers.
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2012 17:31:49 GMT
Belkin Cares says:
Hello Mr. A. L. Cooper,

Thank you for writing your comprehensive and helpful review. Thank you for your comments regarding the case design. We will definitely let our design team know of your feedback on that. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments for us by writing customercare@belkin.com.

Best Regards,
Belkin Support
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