Pros Excellent Coverage, Range, and Speed...LIFETIME WARRANTY
Cons Steep Price, Admin Interface
Summary I am a hard core geek, this is probably the 10th router I have bought in the past 18 months. I live on the internet, work on a wireless connection 8+ hours a day, and have a home network that consists of 3 wireless computers, 1 wireless xbox 360, 1 wired 360 and 2 wired desktops. Bottom line, my router gets used heavily.
I would have liked to pay in the $60-80 range, but honestly having a solid performer is worth the $150 to me.
Btw, I am not using a pre-N card on any device, all the devices have their own network card, from internal, to pci cards, to an xbox card. I use this device in a 4K sqft building, crossing levels, rooms, blah blah blah. I have never have received the throughput, distance or coverage I get with this router. I get a solid 54MB connection from furthest point and yes, it holds all day long.
I also have 8 wireless networks broadcasting into my space, so lots of interference. I have had routers drop do to 2.4ghz phones, speed reduced due to all the networks in my area, and routers not able to perform with so many devices connected...but not with this baby.
The interface is-as dummy proof as it gets.
Make sure you update your firmware when you buy this device and you will be good to go. It also appears that when the N spec is finialized (mid 2007) belkin will release a firmware update so it conforms to the new standards.
I would give this product a 10 if it was less expensive. However, I still get a smile on my face anytime I think about my network.
Most of the routers I have owned before have been made by linksys, dlink and netgear. Linksys was good, then bad, then good again (thanks cisco). Dlink, solid performer though each new release of technology. Netgear, you guys get great performance...for awhile. Netgear is not neighbor friendly, but more importantly has problems down the line. If you are like me, you want to setup your wireless network then just use it...kinda like your fridge.
Pros Consistently Strong WIFI Signal & Great Range
Cons Pricey. 1st Generation Draft-N Wireless.
Summary After trying the Linksys SRX400 and WRT300N routers and being totally discouraged by poor performance, I decided to give another brand a try. The Belkin N1 worked right out of the box as advertised. All I did was hook up the router to the DSL modem and then to my workstation, restarted, and then ran the CD and that was it. The WiFi range and consistency of the signal is superb. I bought this router primarily to stream video to Media Center Extenders that are littered throughout the house in various rooms. I had no problem getting an "excellent signal" in several areas - both inside my home and outside on my patio. The signal was constantly strong and did not bounce around a lot like it did with the Linksys. At the time of this review, the N1 runs rings around the newest Linksys WiFi routers - at least that is my experience. I spent many days and hours trying to tweak the Linksys routers and I only spent about 15 minutes tweaking the Belkin N1 before I was satisfied with the performance. I believe that the Belkin N1 came out about 1 month later than the other pre-N routers that are now on the market. My guess is that they spent the extra time running it through Quality Assurance. This is the first pre-n router that I am aware of that hasn't needed firware patches immediately. Anyway, if your experiencing WiFi congestion and you need the extra speed and range, then I would definitely buy this product.
Pros fast, userfreindly, great range
Cons serious problem with security modes
Summary This is a great router. I have tried a number of different ones and found this one to be the easiest to configure. It is both, a top of the line product and very user friendly.
If it were not for the following problem, I would give this router a rating of 10 but the problem decribed below is quite serious so all I can give is a 3
The problem I encountered is that the router slows down from 300 Mbps to a mere 54 Mbps when using one to the security modes. The only way to run the router with its advertised 300 Mbps is to run it as an open, unsecured network. I contacted Belkin a number of times about this only to find out that many of the online technicians didn’t have a clue what I was talking about. I finally got connected with a technician who understood and his recommended fix was to run the router in unsecured mode and use Mac Address Control as security.
This works fine, but it doesn’t fix the real problem. I want to be able the run my wireless network in a secure mode that can be accessed with a password.
The only reason I haven’t returned the router to the store yet is because I am waiting for Belkin to bring out a firmware update that will fix the problem before my 30-day return period is over.Updated
I have now been using the router for several months and I need to revise my original review. After returning the router to the store two more times, I finally got one that worked and that would maintain the 300 Mbps when security modes were enabled. However, I began experiencing the same issues that other reviewers mentioned, namely that I frequently kept loosing the wireless connection. Some days the connection would only drop once, but I also had days where I lost the connection over 10 times. This happened in spite of using the Belkin N1 network and desktop cards on all of my machines and the distance to the router is only 5 meters with one thin wooden wall in-between. Every time I lost the connection I had to reboot the router by unplugging the power cord. Then it would usually work fine again for a few hours.
All this to say that this product is definitely *not* worth it’s money! My new rating has therefore gone down to 1
Pros Easy Setup
Cons Performance is lacking
Summary Not only does the Pre-N router outperform the N1 at any distance, but the signal from the N1 was constantly fluctuating, causing the connection to drop regularly. Idiot proof setup and a pretty display don't make up for what is obviously an unfinished product.
"Good product"on by Wolf9906
Pros Easy setup, solid performance
Cons needed firmware update or trouble
Summary This is my first belkin router after having been a linksys fan (*when used with custom firmware*) so i was a little cautious when buying; however, the product seemed to work great out of the box. for the first day. then i started having trouble with my network connectivity. i had to reset the router every morning or i would lose all connectivity on my network. it was a pain, so i checked the support website and downloaded a firmware update and all seems to be well again. Over all i think it is a great product and i am installing a second one in my other office. (with the firmware update of course!)