SmallNetBuilder

Follow SmallNetBuilder
Follow SmallNetBuilder on TwitterConnect On Facebook Google+Get the SmallNetBuilder RSS Feed
You are here: Wireless Wireless Reviews Router Without A Reason: Belkin N150 Wireless Router Reviewed - Internal details, Routing Features

Router Without A Reason: Belkin N150 Wireless Router Reviewed - Internal details, Routing Features

Print E-mail
<< Prev - Page 2 of 6 - Next >>

Internal details

Figure 3 is a shot of the N150's main board. It uses Ralink's RT3050 1x1 802.11n Router/AP SoC combined with 2 MB of flash and 8 MB of RAM. The RT3050 includes a four-port 10/100 switch, 10/100 Ethernet WAN port and 2.4 GHz transceiver / MAC / BB. Since the radio is in the RT3050, I'm guessing the device hidden under the shield is an RF amplifier.

Belkin N150 board

Figure 3: N150 Main board

Figure 4 shows the companion Belkin N150 Wireless USB Network Adapter (F6D4050 v2) board. I made a composite of the top and bottom views of the board to show the mini RF connector on the bottom side. You can't tell from the photo, but a closeup photo in the FCC ID file shows a Ralink RT3070 single-chip USB 2.4 GHz 802.11n1x1 radio used.

Belkin N150 USB adapter board

Figure 4: N150 Wireless USB Adapter board

Routing Features

Figure 5 shows the N150's Status page, which is just like you see on Belkin's other wireless routers.

N150 Status Page
Click to enlarge image

Figure 5: N150 Status Page

If you look carefully you'll see the Internet Settings Connection Type set to Static. I had to resort to this setting when the N150 refused to pick up WAN IP information via DHCP (Dynamic WAN connection type) from the D-Link DIR-655 A4 that I use as my primary router. I haven't had WAN DHCP lease problems with a router in years, but it appears that I have found them in the N150. I told Belkin about the problem, but didn't hear anything back.

Updated 6/19/2009
Belkin has reported that they have duplicated the WAN dynamic IP lease problem and are working on a solution.

As with all of Belkin's routers, the N150 has very basic routing features:

  • DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, Telstra BigPond/OptusNet Cable WAN types
  • Built-in Dynamic DNS client for DynDNS
  • WAN ping blocking (default enabled)
  • Single port and Port Range forwarding
  • Simple schedulable outbound port filtering
  • Remote management enable with single IP restriction and port setting
  • System and firewall logging
  • UPnP (default enabled)
  • MAC address access control for wired clients

Missing are useful things like:

  • Firewall controls like SPI disable and Proxy, Java, ActiveX and Cookie blocking
  • IPsec, PPTP and L2TP VPN passthrough enable/disables
  • Triggered port forwarding
  • DHCP reservations
  • HTTPS admin access
  • Bandwidth control / QoS for Internet traffic
  • Parental controls
  • Syslog support and traffic logging

Routing Performance

I tested routing performance using our standard router tests. All tests were done with the client in DMZ. The results are summarized in Table 1 below.

Test Description N150
Throughput
(Mbps)
WAN - LAN
50.5
LAN - WAN
92
Total Simultaneous
97.9
Maximum Simultaneous Connections 48
Firmware Version
2.00.04
Table 1: Routing performance summary

The reason for the low WAN > LAN performance is shown in the IxChariot plots in Figure 6. All that bouncing around comes from the WAN to LAN test, which shows the lousiest routing throughput performance that I have seen in a very long time. It's a shame, too, since upstream performance is nice and smooth at around 92 Mbps.

N+ routing performance
Click to enlarge image

Figure 6: N150 routing performance

When both up and download tests are run simultaneously, the numbers show average throughput of 75 Mbps up, but 23 Mbps down. Simultaneous sessions maxed out at 48, again, the worst I have seen in awhile. This is clearly not a router to be used with high-speed fiber connections.




Related Items:

Contest #29 Results
Not-So-Brilliant Disguise: Linksys By Cisco WRT120N Wireless-N Home Ro
New to the Charts: Belkin N+ Wireless Router
New to the Charts: Belkin N Wireless Router
Slideshow: Netgear WNDR3300 RangeMax Dual-Band Wireless N Router

User reviews

View all user reviews

Average user rating from: 12 user(s)

NOTE! Please post product reviews from actual experience only.
Questions, review comments and opinions about products not based on actual use will not be published.

User Rating    [Back to Top]
Overall: 
 
1.8 Features :
 
2.0 Performance :
 
1.8 Reliability :
 
1.6
 
Ratings (the higher the better)
Features*
 
Performance*
 
Reliability*
 
Comments*
    Please enter the security code.
 
 

Crap

Overall rating: 
 
1.3
Features:
 
2.0
Performance:
 
1.0
Reliability:
 
1.0
Reviewed by Yacob
April 08, 2014
Report this review
 

I have had 3 routers in the last years.
I have been replacing consecutively when they were not working anymore.
This one was not the cheapest, but it has not been working well more than 6 months.
Now, if I connect through a cable everything is ok, but the wireless is not working anymore. Or worst, is it working, but far below the speed it was working before, aprox 1/3 of the available speed for my connection, or the speed the cable provides. I have to restart the router to get a decent connection again and again, whenever it decides to stop working, or use a cable.
Among the cheaper routers, the worst I ever had.

 

You Get what You Pay For.. Cheap Crap..

Overall rating: 
 
1.3
Features:
 
2.0
Performance:
 
1.0
Reliability:
 
1.0
Reviewed by Rich Lawrence
February 03, 2014
Report this review
 

Bought this to replace an old Linksys G router I had that was starting to act up after 4 years of working flawlessly. Bought it because of the price and the name. I always thought Belkin was a good product. I'm obviously rethinking that now. Have had this model about a year and some change, and I am constantly having to reboot it.

Devices can connect most of the time, but all of a sudden, now they can't see other devices on the network like they were before. I have 2 WDTVs in the house. Both were able to see each other and stream files back and forth. Now, It's a constant restart to get them to see each other for even 2 minutes. Half of the devices don't even show up in the DHCP client list.

Do yourself a favor, and avoid this model. Go with something else, like Netgear or Linksys or even splurge and get an AirPort. I plan on replacing this with an AirPort. With that I can walk into a store for support and my AppleCare for my Mac will extend the warranty from 1 year to the 3 years AppleCare covers my Mac. Yeah it's $200, but at least I know I get a quality product and Apple will stand behind it.

 

Piece of Junk,died after 2 months of use.

Overall rating: 
 
1.0
Features:
 
1.0
Performance:
 
1.0
Reliability:
 
1.0
Reviewed by cheater23152
September 16, 2011
Report this review
 

this router is sh*t,makes my internet connection and xbox live laggy.i now have already 1 year Linksys E1000. Linksys E1000 is awesome,xbox live stopped lagging and connection is more faster and stable with this router. I took a hunting rifle to my old Belkin N150.

 

Average product N150

Overall rating: 
 
2.7
Features:
 
3.0
Performance:
 
3.0
Reliability:
 
2.0
Reviewed by Chetan
April 24, 2011
Report this review
 

I bot belkin N150 since it had a very attractive price, i bot in Jayanagar Bangalore for 1.4K,
installation is simple since its done by Airtel guy, it takes 10min max.
We ourself doing seems to be tough.
Regarding performance its ok range is it can cover your house max, if ur looking for greater coverage like a apartement or two floors it seems to be tough. range is not that great.
Some times it refuses to connect.. i dont know why.
Final words its a average product, value buy.

 

Put up with this router for more than a year...

Overall rating: 
 
1.7
Features:
 
3.0
Performance:
 
1.0
Reliability:
 
1.0
Reviewed by Bryan
February 15, 2011
Report this review
 

Replaced an older Belkin that had given up the ghost hoping to get better reliability. Required occasional weekly resets which I figured was normal. After about 6 months, required daily (sometimes 2x a day) resets after losing wireless connection or losing the connection with the cable modem altogether.

Finally decided to replace it with a Netgear a couple weeks ago and the Netgear has worked flawlessly without requiring a reset since it was plugged in.

Wished I would have replaced the Belkin sooner or have just bought the Netgear in the first place.

 
 
View all user reviews

Amazon Top-Selling Wireless Routers