Pros got online quickly, easy setup, looks cool.
Cons VERY buggy firmware, buttons on face suck, VPN broken, firewall/security functionality sucks.
Summary yeah, it looked nice, but i think its a POS. i spent an evening trying to get the darn thing to work. i had no problems getting online or accessing the router administration, but did have the following problems:
1) router "save" feature is broken. have to save things two or more times to take effect.
2) buttons on front of router suck. have to push repeatedly to (as many as 30-40 times) to make them work. ho,ding them down isn't enough - you have to hold them down and/or find that tiny sweet spot on the pad where they work.
3) VPN functionality is broken, or at least is for my Nortel VPN software.
4) Wireless mac filtering functionality is broken. doesn't work as expected.
5) SPI firewall sucks. only protects against a bunch of old denial of service exploits that were all patched in Windows 95.
6) Security log is less than worthless. It deletes logs after an hour, and doesn't display enough info to make the logs of any use. a much better solution is the one i reverted to - linksys router with 3rd party linklogger software.
7) router admin password ************* is not properly documented. due to issue #1 above, that means you may spend hours trying to set or change a password that is not saved properly and won't let you login, and consequently forces you to do a hard reset and start all over again.
8) router runs VERY hot. this will no doubt effect lifespan of device.
9) Belkin support sucks. about the only thing i could understand (Belkin outsourced support to India) was him repeatedly asking me if i could access the net. when i said yes, he replied that the router was working fine then (despite #1-8 above that i politely detailed to him) and that i could not get an RMA. in the end, i was finally able to determine that Belkin apparently knows about all of these issues, and might fix a couple of them sometime down the road, but most likely won't do anything about #1, 2, 5, 6, 8. I'm not going to hold my breath for them to fix #3, 4, 7, 9. this piece of crap goes back to best buy tomorrow and i've already gone back to my very reliable, well-designed, bug-free, much more secure wired and wireless routers ( Linksys WRT54G and BEFSX41).
"Meets Expectations"on by damonp69
Pros Easy Setup, Looks Great, Stable Connection
Cons Tech Support, No NAT Setting
Summary This router looks great and works as specified the only negatives I have encountered are:
1. There is no NAT setting even though on the router home page it indicates you can turn this setting on or off. I called tech support and he told me the setting is turned on by default, which I don't believe since I have an application that requires this setting and it's not working.
2. I previously owned the Belkin Pre -N Router (Great Router) and I used the Pre-N Laptop card which allowed me to connect @ 108 mbs now with the N1 Vision I'm only connecting @ 54mbs. I called tech support and they recommended I update the driver for the laptop card which I did but still the connection is 54mbs. Other then these 2 issues I'm happy with the router so far.
Pros Nice design and LCD display
Cons Drops wireless signals regularly
Summary I was planning to buy the Belkin N Wireless Router which cost $79 at Best Buy, but when I saw this, I fell in love. It's the best looking router on the market, bar none. I loved the LCD display and the fact that it had a small footprint, so I shelled out $179 to buy it.
The setup was easy and I was up and running in less than 30 minutes, which is miraculous because I've never set up a wireless network before. However, once I got it up and running and started to download some movies, it kept dropping the signal. Major headache. It definitely wasn't wireless interference because the router was located less than 5' from the wireless adapter. I spent about 3 hours trying to find the cause but couldn't find out the problem. I logged into CNET, read the reviews and discovered that this is a common problem with the unit. I returned it the next day and got the Belkin N Wireless Router for $100 less. I've been using it for several hours without 1 dropped signal.
The N1 Vision Router is beautiful but useless. Kind of like my ex-wife.
"So far, so good!"on by gegcl
Pros Good design, nifty screen acceptable range.
Summary I think it's a great home router for all sorts of tasks. I found a bad problem though, it interferes with wireless based headset phones. To fix this, pick a different channel.
Pros From 30 feet away it looks cool.
Cons Wow, where do I begin?
Summary Fellow consumers around the world: If you have never trusted another persons review on a product please trust mine. I've had this router for close to a year now and I can't express to you how unsatisfied I am with my purchase. I'll give you 3 major reasons. Number one, it claims to have wireless N range and signal strength yet does not provide a full 5 bar signal to a room two floors down from it (in a condo). Number two, it is easily overwhelmed by multiple systems using the network simultaneously and just kind of "kicks" your system off the network. Number three and certainly the most enraging technical failure of its pathetic existance- it completely shuts down the network repeatedly during internet and/or file sharing usage. So in short my friends, this is a COMPLETE waste of your money. Do not make the same mistake I made.