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Belkin N+ Wireless Router Reviewed - Wireless Features

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Wireless Features

The Plus' wireless settings are the same as those on the N and N1 Vision with the Channel and SSID page containing all controls except wireless security. The Plus properly defaults to legacy-friendly 20 MHz channel mode and has a unique SSID that includes the last six characters of its MAC address.

N+ Wireless Channel and SSID settings

Figure 6: N+ Wireless Channel and SSID settings

Channel selection defaults to Auto, or you can set the channel with the Wireless Channel dropdown. The Extension Channel control is carried over from the N1 Vision. It is properly grayed-out in 20 MHz only Bandwidth mode and active only when the 20/40 MHz mode is selected. But when your Wireless Channel selection allows it, it lets you choose between two extension channels.

For example, if the Wireless Channel is set to 1, then there is only one choice, i.e. 5, for the Extension Channel, which is always four channels away from the Wireless (Primary) channel. But if the Wireless Channel is 6, then you can choose Channel 2 or 10 as the Extension.

Wireless modes supported are 802.11b&802.11g&802.11n (default), 802.11g&802.11b, 802.11n only and Off. You can also turn the radio off on schedule using the ECO Mode controls found on the System Settings page (Figure 7).

ECO mode radio disable

Figure 7: ECO mode radio disable

Another handy feature is the Use as Access Point option, which saves the hassle of moving LAN cables and disabling the DHCP server to use the Plus' wireless with an existing router. You just enable the option and enter an unused IP address (and subnet mask) outside your existing router's DHCP server range. You can continue to use the switch ports, too, which will be automatically uplinked.

Wireless Security options include WEP and the PSK (Personal) forms of WPA, WPA2 and a mixed WPA/WPA2 mode. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is also supported in the Plus and in the Plus USB adapter. Multiple attempts at a push-button WPS session reported success with the router ending up in WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK TKIP/AES mode. But the client couldn't successfully lease an IP address from the Plus.

The N+ includes the Guest Access feature found on the N1 Vision, but it has morphed a bit.

N+ Guest Access

Figure 8: N+ Guest Access

Guest Access now provides two options for accessing a WLAN separated from both wired and wireless LAN clients that has its own SSID. The Hotel-style option is a password-protected captive web portal. Anyone associating with its SSID has to open a web browser and enter the case-sensitive password that has been set. (I tried entering a blank passphrase and was prompted to enter a password.) The second mode secures the separate SSID with WPA/WPA2 TKIP/AES PSK. Note that the Guest connection also doesn't provide access to the router admin screens.

The second feature is the Vision's support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Figure 8 shows that both PIN and PBC methods are supported along with manual configuration information for clients that don't support WPS. Unfortunately, that includes Belkin's N1 Wireless Notebook Card, which I had to set up manually.

As with other Belkin wireless routers, there is no "Advanced" wireless screen. So you won't find controls for:

  • Transmit rate
  • Transmit power
  • Base advertised rate
  • Client isolation (wireless-to-wireless)
  • WDS bridging / repeating
  • Frame bursting
  • RTS threshold / Beacon, DTM interval




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belkin n+

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4.0
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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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