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Belkin N+ Wireless Router Reviewed - Wireless Performance, Max Throughput

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Wireless Performance

I tested using the open air test method described here using a Belkin N+ Wireless USB Network Adapter (F5D8055 v1) inserted into a Fujitsu P7120 Lifebook (1.2 GHz Intel Pentium M, 504 MB) notebook running WinXP Pro SP2 with all the latest updates. I used the latest 1.2.1.0 driver and Belkin's 3.0.0.12 wireless utility during testing. I left all factory default settings in place, except to set Channel 1 for 2.4 GHz tests.

Figure 9 shows a composite of downlink throughput tests made at the six test locations in the 20 MHz and 20/40 MHz bandwidth modes.. Each column represents the average throughput from a one minute test. Best case downlink throughput in the 20 MHz mode was 61 Mbps and 84 Mbps in 20/40 MHz mode.

Belkin N+ wireless benchmark summary - downlink

Figure 9: Belkin N+ wireless benchmark summary - downlink

The table in Figure 9 shows 0 for Location F, but the Belkin USB adapter in fact was able to associate to the Plus in that spot. However, there wasn't enough reliable throughput to either successfully ping or to run a complete test. Actually, I was able to get 0.016 Mbps of throughput running uplink in Location F in 20 MHz mode. But since I round to one decimal point, the chart shows 0.

Figure 10 shows a composite of IxChariot plots for all 20 MHz mode downlink tests. Best case uplink throughput in the 20 MHz mode was 70 Mbps and 85 Mbps in 20/40 MHz mode. Throughput variation seems to calm down a bit with lower signal level. But note the ramp-up in throughput at the beginning of each run. The 40 MHz mode downlink plot is here and shows much more variation in the Location A test.

Wireless throughput detail - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz channel downlink
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Figure 10:Wireless throughput detail - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz channel downlink

Figure 11 pulls together all of the uplink average test results, which are reasonably well matched to downlink speeds. As with downlink, using 40 MHz mode in uplink provides an effective throughput boost in the stronger signal test locations A through D.

Belkin N+ wireless benchmark summary - uplink

Figure 11: Belkin N+ wireless benchmark summary - uplink

To save space, I'm not going to show the IxChariot plots for uplink. But you can click these links to view large plots for 20 MHz mode and 40 MHz mode.




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belkin n+

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Reviewed by Derrek
August 17, 2011
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this thing is rock solid, altho if your are looking for advanced configuring this does not have it.
as a future network engineer it does not have all the advanced config options that i need or should be their for a router of this cabler. but for most people this router is perfect, its got 802.11n you can plug-in a nas drive or usb stick the file transfer is a bit slow but streaming vid is supper fast and online gaming is perfect ( using wi-fi ) one problem ias that it resets at 12:00 am every night not a huge problem but its worth mentioning especially if you have a day off for a epic night of gaming

 

Not worth it

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Reviewed by HULK SMASH!!!!
March 25, 2011
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It always has a problem connecting to the internet. I am always dropping the ISP. Not to mention the wireless signal is crap, and it never wants to connect. Spend your money on something else.

 

Unreliable wireless

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Reviewed by Devlin du GEnie
January 04, 2011
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After less than 6 months, the router wifi (radio) started dropping out randomly. Each time requires a restart to bring the signal back. Wired connections were perfectly fine.

I thought maybe the recent firmware update would fix it, but it's done nothing at all.

Stay away!

 

Belkin is dissapointing

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Reviewed by John North
September 27, 2010
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My mistake for believing all the blurb that this was a good modem router - never again. It works - badly. Had to replace it after going to great lengths to have to prove it was the modem router problem rather than the 4 computers I had connected to it. The replacement works but ridiculously slow. I would recommend netgear or linksys over belkin based on my experience of all three.

 

Its ok for its price but not great

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Reviewed by crzylife
July 09, 2010
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This router is very inconsistent at times the speed are fast n other is not... Every time I'm using the internet on my computer n my brother playing PS3 online its slows the internet down but of us start lagging its frustrating. I know its not the internet either i have RR Trubo with wired connection i got 28.3 Mbps with this routes wireless 8 - 10 Mbps at best and for some reason its not compatible with allot of cell phones wifi...

Oh today it just decided to stop working after 4 months WTF! to late for the Walmart return policy n the warranty would take to long... So im just going to Switch Swap Return...
Oh one more the base is removable i had to remove it to swap it for the new one don't use force or strength ull probably break it... just use pressure with ur thumb on one side pressure the corners one at a time n the other side just the center really easy stuff.

 
 
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