Pros Decent range, easy to configure
Cons Scandalously unstable
Summary I've never written a review for a computer product before, but I've had such an awful experience with this router that I had to chime in.
My 9230-4 WiFi connection will go "invisible" -- meaning I can't see it with my computer let alone connect to it -- at least once a day. This requires several manual resets, as seldom does the router keep its connection after the first reset. The problem also occurs, more annoyingly, after remotely applying a new setting to the router. Setup and any configuration changes should thus only be done via the physical ethernet connection. The connection is more stable when not using DHCP (that is, a static private IP), but it doesn't solve the problem entirely.
The 9230-4 is easy enough to configure, but some settings don't take effect right away. After applying a port exception for an application, let's say Skype, for example, I still had connection issues. Same was true of the DMZ.
Range is terrific, but what good does it do you if the router drops your connection? I haven't bought a new one yet, but in meantime, take my advice: save your money.
Pros Very nicely done setup interface; lots of built-in help; tech support decent though unable to solve problem
Cons Apparently came with wrong firmware; no ability to set IP based on Mac address
Summary Purchased based on Belkin's overall company reputation and because my NetGear WGR614 had gotten interminably flakey. As an experienced user I chose to do the manual setup which went smoothly and I connected fairly quickly.
The main issue I had was that when I used the Firmware update section of the Setup screen, the "Check for Firmware Update" reported back that an update was available but also seemed to think that that router was a Belkin N1 rather than the "Plus MIMO" model. The link it provided to download the firmware update was bad and there was no apparent way on Belkin's site to download the correct firmware or to even check if there was one for this model.
Tech support was courteous, technically competent and understood the problem but was unable to find a solution and recommended that I call customer service in the morning. My guess is that I'll be taking it back to BestBuy for either a replacement or a different model.
My other negative on this router is the lack of an ability to specify IP addresses based on MAC address, something that my previous NetGear router could do. I use this a lot to force my server and desktkop machine to always have the same IP address but still pickup the DNS servers as provided via DHCP. Since Comcast's DNS servers seem to change frequently, I can't just hardset the information in the netword settings.
Pros it did not catch on fire
Cons slow performance, unstable, disgraceful service
Summary I am a computer / network tech. I picked up model F5D9230-4 to use with Comcast at a client site. After installation is was discovered that the router was unstable. It would drop off every 5 minutes, had trouble transferring large files and was very slow. Other routers worked fine on the same line. The router stated that a firmware upgrade was available, so I attempted to upgrade the firmware via the upgrade button. It did not work. I next attempted to locate the firmware on the Belkin site -NOT AVAILABLE. A Google search of "F5D9230-4 firmware" revealed many frustrated customers over many months, also unable to find or upgrade the firmware. The next day I emailed Belkin and they never responded. The following day I called Belkin and was told, "We are not offering any firmware for this router. We can send you a replacement router." Then why the heck don’t they say so on their web site. They know this is frustrating the hell out of people, but just don’t care. I wanted to return the router to Fry’s, but did not have all the original packaging; so I agreed to have them ship a replacement. They told me they needed a credit card in the event that I did not return the defective router. They said my card would not be charged unless I did not return the router within 20 days. I gave them my Visa check card # and within 5 minutes there were 2 charges. 1 for $93.85 and one for $1.
This of course is not the first time I have purchased a defective product. Belkin however has to take the cake for the most inept support. Simply disgraceful. I will never buy another Belkin product and suggest you do the same. Try Linksys, Netgear or D-link instead.
Pros Decent range
Cons Slow performance all together (wireless AND wired)
Summary This router is just plain slow. It can take a minute or two to load large sites such as CNET. It also loses a connection to the internet VERY often (Both on wired and wireless connections). At first I thought that I either received a dud, needed to update the firmware, or my cable modem was dead, but after testing everything out it turned out to be the router. I returned it and the second one is just as unreliable.
If you are going to be using this router to stream music and movies across your network, or if you're interested in online gaming, please reconsider. If you just want to browse the internet and check e-mail, this router may be tolerable (slow, nonetheless).
Pros Awesome range. I got a signal and was able to browse 2 blocks from my house during a heavy snow.
Cons None that I can find.
Summary I'm a Cisco guy so by default a Linksys guy. I dropped my linksys for this router. Quick easy set up. Built in firewall with no need for configuring. All the features I want. I'm very satisfied with this router.