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Belkin has never been particularly innovative in its wireless router feature sets and the N1 follows suit. The one helpful feature that is provided is the ability to switch to an AP mode without having to move cables or futz with IP address and DHCP server settings. Figure 6 shows the Home screen so that you can get a sense of the menus and functions provided.

Home Screen

Figure 6: Home Screen (click image to enlarge)

The LAN Settings menu is where you set the router IP address and subnet mask and DHCP functions. You can disable the DHCP server (enabled by default), set its IP address range and lease time, but can't reserve IP addresses for specific clients.

The DHCP Client list is self-explanatory and is the only client monitor function provided. You get IP address, host name and MAC address.

The Internet WAN section Connection Type screen provides Dynamic, Static, PPPoE, PPTP and Telstra BigPond options. PPPoE handles dyamic IPs only and is the only place where router MTU can be adjusted. But the PPTP option allows for static IP addresses, the Dynamic option supports host name setting and WAN MAC address cloning is supported as a separate menu item.

One interesting find in the Static IP screen is shown in Figure 7.

Static IP Screen

Figure 7: Static IP Screen

The manual says "your Router is capable of handling up to five static WAN IP addresses". But it looks like they can't be set to point to different LAN-side ranges. This means that you won't, for example, be able to run multiple webservers on port 80 with each server forwarded to a different WAN IP address.

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