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Amazing Router for the Price
Posted by: Emano from: Washington State on
I went to Best Buy thinking I was going to buy an Asus router. But then I saw this Belkin 802.11ac router for only $89! I thought, "Why not?"
It's got a usb port for an external device (my printer is hooked up to it). It's got excellent range throughout my 2200 square foot home. The signal is strong even outside in my back yard! It's dual-band, meaning I can have my PS3 on one band and other devices on another. There's also a guest network so guests can use your wifi without knowing your password. It can also give more priority to gaming and video when multiple devices are running to make sure there are no hiccups in your games or movies (IntelliStream QOS) but must be set up after installation (easy). One more nice touch is the username/password written on a small card underneath the router so you never forget it (of course you can change that if you want).
Setup is truly a breeze. Plug the thing in. Follow a couple easy steps. Name your network the same as your old one and you're done. All devices are already up and running without any further configuration. No installation CD . . . nothing. Just plug it in and go. Further, setting up additional features is easy. Just type in "router" into your browser address bar and the router configuration page comes up. Then you can enable IntelliStream, rename your network, put in new passcodes, etc.
I did call support the day after I bought it because my PS3 wouldn't hook up to the 5GHz network. My call was answered within about two minutes and the technician was very knowledgeable and helped me set up the router a bit more efficiently for my PS3. I found out that my PS3 won't work with the 5GHz band. That's fine. The 2.4GHz band is faster anyway. So that's a PS3 issue, not a Belkin issue.
Overall I'm very pleased with this router, especially for the price. I can't say anything about its longevity as I just bought it yesterday. But so far it blows my old router out of the water. Oh, and that reminds me . . . I got 10Mbps (download speeds) on my ipad with my old router. Now I'm getting 20. I was getting 12Mbps on my laptop, and now 21Mbps. My wired computer gets about 24.
23 out of 26 found this review helpful.
Does the job
Posted by: JustWaldo from: My House on
Purchased this because I was having trouble with Netflix and Hulu constantly buffering and shutting down quite often. While they are still a bit slow, it has improved quite a bit.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Supremely easy to startup!!
Posted by: Whispering from: MPLS,MN on
This was the easiest router to set up that I have ever had & I have tried every brand out there. It works great & my speeds picked up from my previous router. We have many things hooked up & no loss of connections, a printer, 3 laptops,2 pc's, 3 kindles, ipad & a few smartphones are wirelessly & another pc thats not wireless. I bought it about a month ago & it has been keeping up just fine!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
On the surface wonderful, but once in play bad
Posted by: JoeInFla from: Melbourne, FL on
My trusty Netgear WNDR3700 is showing its age, and has been acting spotty as of late. So, I decided its time to upgrade to a newer router. Initially I was looking at one of the newer Netgears, but the price of this Belkin AC router struck my interest. And I thought I could not go wrong; as I have a cheaper Belkin router in another home and it works well.
Boy was I wrong. First off, the installation was simple and easy. The web interface is perhaps a bit too user friendly and doesn't expose some advanced functions that I was used to with the Netgear... but it did the trick.
The signal range was poor, my old Netgear would reach the furthest part of my house; yet the Belkin would not.
But I found that the functionality of this router must modify the packets sent to and from the internet in some fashion or another; to a degree that I could NOT transfer large (over 100Mb) files via FTP to my FTP server... which I could do flawlessly with the Netgear. The file transfers would get to 100% and then would think.. and think.. and then timeout without receiving confirmation from the FTP server that the upload was completed; and the FTP software (CuteFTP and Filezilla) would restart the upload from the beginning. I didn't realize this was happening, until I realized my uploads were taking way longer than normal....
Upon talking to Belkin support, I was instructed to define a static IP and place my desktop in the DMZ zone; opening it up for potential network attack.. which in my opinion should not be required for regular FTP usage...
So I ended up returning it for an Asus RT-N66R wireless N router, which ended up working 10000 times better...
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: tmoney from: on
Returned the router after a month if use. Thank god for black tie protection. The router would constantly disconnect from the connected devices. Would always have to reconnect and re enter password. Was a pain from the day I got it. Not recommended.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Worst router I have ever purchased
Posted by: doleboy from: Crossroads of America on
Over the past 15 years I have owned at least 10 different routers. Some of them have been great, most of them average and a few have been lousy. That said, this piece of garbage is hands down the worst router I have ever owned.
I had been using a perfectly good Buffalo router since November, but wanted to try out the new AC protocol. I also wanted a dual band router to help split the network load from the 13 or 14 devices in our home. I had a small credit at Best Buy and this was on sale, so I thought I'd give it try.
Now on to the review: There is absolutely no documentation or installation information in the box. Normally this wouldn't be an issue since 90% of the routers in known existence use 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 as the default IP login. Ha! Not this junk. You have to Google to find out that the default IP is 192.168.2.1. That ridiculous Belkin decision requires you to make the choice of changing the default IP on the router or changing the static IP addresses you have assigned to other devices on your network if you want your existing network to work. Normally, changing the default IP on the router would be the logical choice. Unfortunately, that is also a convoluted and requires a non-standard set of steps that only a Google search can solve.
After spending 45 minutes setting up something that normally takes 10, the thing was up and running. At first, it seemed to work OK on both bands. 2.4Ghz connections were a bit slower than what I had with the Buffalo router, but they were acceptable. The 5Ghz band was a little faster and we could finally take advantage of the AC capability of our phones, so that was great. The wireless range was inferior to the Buffalo and Asus routers I had used since June of last year. I had to buy a WiFi extender to get a decent signal to the rear of the house, and never needed one previously.
About three weeks after setup, the router began to drop connections and would require a reboot to reconnect. At first, I was not that bothered since it didn't happen every day and I have had other routers do this in the past.
Fast forward three more weeks and the router is now completely unusable. It drops connections almost hourly. Rebooting the thing that frequently is obviously a giant pain in the rear. Since I'm past the window to return it to Best Buy, I have been dealing with Belkin. They want me to send it back at my cost, which I am reluctant to do since I've subsequently found several online reviews of folks dealing with the same issue. They have complained that Belkin doesn't really fix the problem after multiple returns. I don't want to throw good money after bad, so it looks like I have a $67 paperweight. (plus a $30 WiFi extender)
My advice to you: STEER CLEAR of this stinky thing! There are many other options out there and as far as I can tell, ALL of them are better than this.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Samurai45 from: Bristow, VA on
This router was $40 less than the next available a/c router, and has proven to be well worth the cost...
Set up was easy and only took about 5 minutes to configure. It provides two wi-fi networks, so my large family is able to have numerous devices online at the same time, with no measurable loss in speed. Two NetFlix users and two YouTube users all getting their videos streaming quickly! I am impressed.
Good range, I am able to get a connection in every corner of my 3600 sqft house.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Worth to buy it
Posted by: sivakumarn from: Chicago, IL on
Good speed and dual frequency.
Easy to setup .
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: BrianG1983 from: Grandville, MI on
I was skeptical about purchasing this since I was never a fan of Belkin products and their routers usually have the worse reviews compared to other companies. Like the other reviewer I been wanting to get the Asus 750 but was waiting for it to go on sale and using a Linksys E2500 in the meantime which was an upgrade from my NETGEAR RangeMax Dual-Band Wireless-N Router since my 2 year Best Buy warranty was about to expire on it.
Well after reading the other review (it also being the only review I could find on this product) I figured I would just try it despite my initial hesitation with Belkin, which in the end was a bad move. The installation was quite easy and the signal was giving me 2 and 3 bars on my Samsung Galaxy Media Player when the other routers gave me 2 and most of the time 1 bar in my apartment but then the signal started to continuously drop and the same was happening with my PS3 though worse with my Galaxy. I tried changing multiple setting but still had no luck and even the intellistream wouldnt work properly, every time I did a speed test it would just stay in "running" mode for a minute or 2 than go back to the speed test page without displaying anything. Ive been messing with this router for 3 hours now I cant get any of the issues corrected, It is completely frustrating and I have never had issues with any of my other routers until this one. Im not completely tech savy but know enough and networking has never been an issue for me, needless to say I will be returning this to Best Buy tomorrow and either getting the Asus 750 or just going back to the Netgear since that has been my best router.
5 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Easy Easy set up
Posted by: fanofdisneyparks from: Moreno Valley, CA on
My old router decided to take a dump one night and stop working. I needed to find a new one and I know nothing about routers. I went to Best Buy and was approached by an employee working the router department. The employee was very helpful and knowledgeable.
I provided him with the information pertaining to my wireless use (apple TV, XBOX, Laptop) and he gave me a few options. I purchased this router as it seemed the best bang for the buck.
I got home and was able to install it by myself in only a few minutes. Pretty good for someone who does know anything about that kind of stuff.
After resigning in to all my online functions, I saw immediate performance. The router seems to be working well even from an upstairs back office which has to reach downstairs and the opposite end of a 2300 sqft house.