"Superb performing router"4.5 starson by ksherinian
Pros: Range is incredible, speed is excellent, easy to setup, good security options, solid construction
Cons: Basic feature set, expensive ($129 after rebate from Microcenter), large size
Summary: I been running this router since mid-May. This is the third wireless router I have owned, and none of the others even come close to this unit's performance.
To start with, the unit has a well-constructed feel to it. Setup is extremely easy - it comes with a disk that does almost all of work for you, and there is an easy to access web interface for the rest. All told, I had the unit setup with WEP security in about 15 minutes - note; for you IT folks who insist on having the latest security in your home, this unit appears to come with other options, like WPA as well. The reliability of the router has been superb thus far. It has not needed to be rebooted even once - both of the prior routers I owned required frequent reboots, at least until a stable firmware build was released.
As far as speed goes, I use it regularly with three different clients: An old (2000) laptop with a Netgear WG511 PCMCIA card, an Acer TM8104 with Centrino, and my Dell Axim X50. The speed and range on all three are excellent. To quantify that statement, I see a maximum downgrade in performance when using the Centrino laptop of approximately 5% between the farthest point in my house, and a location approximately 5' from the route. I have not conducted credible tests with the other clients, but my qualitative appraisal is that they suffer no appreciable loss in performance when roaming either. Using the Centrino notebook, I appear to get around 18Mbps; note - this is not using Belkin's own Pre-N card, which I understand gets much higher performance. This number compares to approximately 12Mbps that I got with my old 802.11g router.
The range of the unit (even with my non-Pre-n clients) is also excellent. I have used my Acer laptop practically everywhere on my property, and have not found the range limit yet.
After lauding the positives, I suppose I have to list a couple of negatives. First, when the router first sets up the internal network, it assigns addresses in the 192.168.2 subnet - a lot of devices assume a .1 network is setup, and to get one of my network appliances working, I had to reconfigure the network as a .1 net. Also, the router is a bit expensive, but assuming that it is brand new, I am sure the price will come down in the months to come.
All told, however, this is an excellent product, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.Updated
Over the weekend this router crashed. No apparent reason behind it - it happened overnight, and none of the computers in the house were even turned on. I powered the router off, turned it back on, and it started working again immediately.
I was running firmware version 1.00.06 at the time, and noticed that version 1.01.03 was available, so I upgraded it. I did not contact Belkin, so I have comment about their technical support yet, except that the website was easy to get around on.
I have had no problems since, but will update this review if there are any.