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Belkin N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router Reviewed

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N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router
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ProductBelkin F9K1103 N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router   [Website]
SummaryRalink based dual-band simiultaneous router with Gigabit Ethernet ports, three stream N on 5 GHz only and USB printer and drive sharing
Pros• Gigabit ports
• Excellent 2.4 GHz performance
• Guest network (2.4 GHz only)
Cons• No service blocking or web filtering
• Poor 5 GHz performance

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Overview

Updated 7/18/2011: AP switch clarification

Belkin has a new N router line that has been completely revamped from head to toe. Out with its poorly-received "app" based Surf, Share, Play and Play Max line and in with five new models. The comparison chart in Figure 1 pulled from Belkin's site summarizes the key differentiators except for frequency band.

Belkin N series feature comparison

Figure 1: Belkin N series feature comparison

There are two three-stream N models in the lineup, the 2.4 GHz single band N450 and the subject of this review, the N750 DB. As seems to be the trend with most dual-band three-stream N routers of late, the N750 DB provides up to 450 Mbps link rate on the 5 GHz radio only. And you only get that rate if you have a matching three-stream N adapter and use 40 MHz bandwidth mode.

The new line retains the old one's focus on simplicity and ease of setup. As Figure 2 shows, there are only two front panel indicators, so as not to confuse non-techies.

Front panel callouts

Figure 2: Front panel callouts

Don't go looking for network status indicators on the back panel, either. Figure 3 shows the only ones you get are for the two USB 2.0 ports that you can plug printers and drives into for sharing.

Rear panel callouts

Figure 3: Rear panel callouts

Belkin ships the N750 DB with both a WAN port cable and the power supply already plugged in. They also have the usual installation CD that walks you through setup and installs a "Router Manager" app. As usual, I didn't try either one.

Inside

You can't really see a lot of detail in the fuzzy FCC ID photo in Figure 4. Fortunately, the internal pictures file has closeup shots of the key components.

Belkin N750 DB board

Figure 4: Belkin N750 DB board

The main CPU and 5 GHz radio come from a Ralink RT3883F 3X3 N SoC. This is a second-generation 3X3 N device from Ralink, that's also in TRENDnet's TEW-691GR and probably in the just-available TEW-692GR.

The 2.4 GHz radio is a Ralink RT3092 2X2 N SoC. A Realtek RTL8367R 5+1-port Gigabit Ethernet switch handles the WAN and LAN ports and I was able to make out 64 MB of RAM. I couldn't see how much flash, but my guess is 8 MB.

Features

Belkin has never been big on cramming a lot of routing features into its products and the N750 DB continues the tradition. Here's the summary:

Routing

  • DHCP, Static, PPPoE, Telstra BigPond/OptusNet CableWAN types
  • DHCP server with lease time adjust
  • UPnP support (no exposed controls)
  • Built-in dynamic DNS client for DynDNS
  • DMZ host
  • WAN ping allow / deny
  • 20 virtual servers (single port forwards) with separate source and destination ports
  • Three level manual uplink QoS for eight services (single port)
  • PPTP and IPsec VPN pass through (no exposed controls)
  • Automatic upload and download QoS
  • Logging
  • USB SMB/CIFS storage sharing
  • UPnP / DLNA media server (USB storage)

Wireless features

  • Switchable AP / Router mode (software switch)
  • Guest SSID on 2.4 GHz radio only
  • MAC address filtering
  • WEP, WPA / WPA2 Personal support
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support, pushbutton and PIN
  • Auto and manual channel set

Missing features

  • IPv6 support
  • DHCP reservations
  • Port range forwarding
  • Triggered port forwarding
  • QoS rule adjustment
  • URL / keyword filtering
  • Email alerts or log sends
  • Transmit power adjust
  • HTTPs admin access
  • Firewall rule scheduling



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The Best Consumer Router I've Owned

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4.7
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4.0
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5.0
Reviewed by Rick Cross
June 21, 2013
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I've been using routers for over 15 years, both wired, WiFi, consumer and professional (ala Cisco before they bought Linksys.)

The biggest problem I've had with consumer routers are: fail about a year (Linksys), refuse to pass remote admin type programs (Netgear) or need to be manually reset every few days (D-Link.)

Out of frustration, I finally asked someone at Fry's Electronics what routers they sell that had the lowest return rates. They quickly answered, "Belkin". I've been hooked ever since.

I've had my N750 for almost a year now and even though I don't have auto-healing enabled, it has NEVER required resetting. It is plenty fast, has just about enough features and was priced right for this application. Originally, I paired it with the matching range extender to extend to the wired and WiFi network to an adjacent building. Again, it works great.

The latest firmware upgrade adds most of the features the author complains about above.

I have no problems recommending Belkin routers to anyone and have a new N300 VPN router coming on Tuesday. That is about the only native feature this 750 is lacking.

 

Belkin dual band N600 router

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3.3
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
Reviewed by Edward
November 26, 2012
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Have bought this a couple of months ago. Overall, it performs satisfactorily on the 2.4GHz band but the 5GHz signal is much weaker than any other routers of the same category. Also, signal tends to get weaker at distance further than 15m~25m.

 

Great Router for the money

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4.3
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
Reviewed by Smokin Gunn
November 05, 2012
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I have had this router for about a year, It has been super stable with no issues. Great wireless performance and a nice stable connection. I was a little afraid to try a Belkin router myself, but overall this router has been a very pleasant surprise for the money. I am running the latest firmware from the Belkin website. For less than $100 bucks I consider it a steal.

 

Just Don't Buy it!

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2.3
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3.0
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2.0
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2.0
Reviewed by ricardo
October 07, 2012
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it's hard to find a good router these days..regardless of price
I bought this router @ COSTCO too and let me tell you I've done all FIRMWARE updates and the wireless still gives me a weak signal and 8 months later the wireless computer, iphone, etc..cannot connect to this piece of junk!..that I have to reset the router ...and it only last for about a week or so.

 

Great wireless router for the price

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4.7
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Reviewed by Rick Shaw
July 11, 2012
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Bought this router to replace a aging SMC wired router. Hooked it up and it worked without any issue. I had to update the firmware to the latest which add the parent control that was missing previously. Also added was the Twonky media server, which is nice addition. I have several wired and wireless devices connecting to the router and connection speed seems to be pretty good. I've never done any detailed test on it just to be clear.

Owned this unit for about a month now and never had issues yet.

I just check the price today and it dropped by $10.00 so I think I'll buy another one to set it up as a access point.

 
 
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