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Fit for purpose?
on 23 July 2010
I have had 2 belkin routers in the past a 56g which lasted for years until I decided to upgrade two years ago and got a belkin Vision N1. When this worked it was great - had a great range, great speed and only the occasional problem, However the problems got worse with time with it not rebooting etc so I decided on an upgrade. I of course decided to try the new Belkin Play Max. I have a 4 normal size house and kids that are using the internet so thought the play max would be strong enough for the throughput that will inevitably happen as the children's demands increase for internet access etc.
Installing the software - there is a lot of it and most seems to be more gimmicks than of use - in fact my main computer went a lot slower because of this added stuff. Now there is a little green icon on your desktop to show you the status of the router on your computer. Nice however if you select "your network" it shows you your network key. Equally I have had problems with it talking to my home server; It does not seem to allow virtual server of my WHS even when configured.
Speed and range poor no better than my original 56g router - clearly not as good as my previous Belkin N1 vision either. The network seems a lot slower and the signal strength is poor.
I have spent days in the past with the Belkin help line and really don't have the time to do this again - I want a system that works out of the box - this clearly does not. In summary therefore a pile of rubbish. It needs a lot of upgrades to make it useable and frankly I do not have the time to wait! It is being returned as it is not fit for purpose.
So 2 stars only - it does work but for the price I'm sure there are better more robust products out there. Waiting for the linksys e3000 to come on the market in the UK!!