Pros Love the style, the lcd display
Cons None at all
Summary Out of the box, the Belkin N1 Vision, is sleek, but performance was normal. After the firmware upgrade, my distance increased, and download speed also increased. Upgrade your firmware for better performance.
Pros Just look at the LCD , need I say more?
Cons Im not enough of a geek to have a cons because of tech software
Summary I bought this the very sec it hit the shelf at best buy, didnt even look at the price. I have had NO problems with it. It tracks who is connected to you network, how much bandwidth they have used in the last 24 hours and currently using... although I would like to see what the other users are uploading/downloading at instead of just one grouped number; Quick easy guest access to your network without giving out your private key.
If you got the cash, its great to have.
Works fine and looks Great.
Pros The gimmick display is useful
Cons Doesn't wall/rack mount
Summary As is the norm, there were just a couple of places that my old Linksys B router did not reach in my home. Plus, all the adapters on our PCs were G. I bought two different Linksys G (with/without SpeedBoost) and there was no difference for connectivity. I bought the Belkin as a joke, planning to test it and return it to Best Buy. However, my main laptop with G internal now works on my deck. Maybe other N routers would work too, but this one does what I need it to do. The browser menu is different by usable. The funniest thing is the display. I though it was stupid, but now I love watching the activity meters. (Man does Xbox360 online suck up bandwidth!) So far, this N works better with G than the two G I tested. Without wall mounts, it sits on my desk on the clock setting mostly. A couple of clients have asked why my clock has antennas. Regarding cost-- it probably is 30% higher than another brand N router-- so you would need to decide that the display worth the premium.Updated
Other user comments on this device regarding the four direction control are correct-- movement to the right is very poor. I suspect that the toggle switch warps because of the enormous amount of heat this thing generates. I think I could toast bread on the back of this thing. All that said, it still works well in my split level home. But-- don't buy it for the display because the control is spotty which thus makes it overpriced.
Updated on Oct 27, 2008Run. Run away. The device died this morning. Tried another power supply and no go. It is simply dead. It is also about 14 months old so it is out of warranty. I suspect that it simply overheated and fried. Since I paid the near $200 price, the cost of ownership was about $15 per month. I replaced it with a far less expensive DLink DIR-625 for $69 at Office Depot. The signal appears the same or better on all but one laptop-- which may be more of an issue with the laptop. I will seriously miss the nifty clock and gauges... but I miss my $200 even more. In the end-- don't buy this device (priced at $149 at Best buy this week).
Pros Looks cool
Cons Runs hot, lcd display freezes
Summary I had this item for about 3 days. It was okay. It would seem to freeze a lot and need rebooting, especially the useless lcd display. It's a gimmick, nothing more, nothing less.
Buttons felt cheap, would recommend not to buy.
Pros Looks...top 2 fastest (if configured correctly in WPA2.
Cons Price..performance lag at default settings wep/wpa.
Summary CNET is correct in that this router is slow in the default settings of WEP or WPA. But if you change the security setting to WPA2 the performance increases over 300% easily! Another setting you should select if you purchase this router is the 40hz mode under the 2.4 Ghz setting for even greater performance. When configured like this the Belkin destroys all other routers in speed and average throughput, including the D-Link (DIR 655), D-link (DGL 4500) and (Linksys WRT 600N). Here is a link to a much more comprehensive review and the facts that I state.