Summary: This product was easy to initially install and get working. I never had a range problem with my older SMC router, but it eventually just stopped working, so decided to give the Belkin a try because of the good press reviews. Mistake! I experimented with both the 64 and 128 bit encyption. Even when the client is just a few feet away from the router, the wireless connection goes up and down.
Summary: This Belkin router is not the drop in wireless router that the marketing folks glamorize, but it does offer great coverage. Items of note: 1) Probably the single most important thing to know before you go to buy this router is that ICMP must be enabled on your ISP's network or you won't be able to use this device as a router. ICMP communications are used for many tasks. One is to "ping" another machine and see if it is responding.
Great range, but disappointing throughput and reliability
E. Harrison "gidgesharry", Amazon
23 November 2008
Summary: I loved the Belkin at first but as I got to know it, I found this item wanting greatly. I read about similar bad experiences online -- just google search Belkin pre-N crashes -- with the Belkin Pre-N router and with the Linksys WRT54GX (essentially the same router, both with identical chipsets using the Broadcom BCM4704 processor). I had been having all manner of problems with my Belkin Pre-N for some time. So I finally decided to rate this product negatively.
Summary: Definitely has potential, but "N" technology isn't quite there yet. Installation and setup were a breeze, no problems whatsoever. In fact, the simpliest of the 3 routers I have ever owned. My problem was that I could not get my Belkin N1 wireless card to connect at any speed greater than 54Mbps. Calls to tech support were useless as they told me that I should be happy with 54Mbps. I have two cards one could connect at 300Mbps, one only at 54Mbps.
Summary: When this router works, it works well. But it I've had numerous problems with it, and Belkin's tech support it worthless. When I've called them I simply got walked through a script that checked only the most obvious problems. When I e-mailed for support I got unhelpful responses. E.g., when it became apparent that the wireless card in my client was conflicting with Norton's security software, Belkin's proposed solution was "Uninstall Norton.
Summary: I have to tell you that I have configured 5 of these in the last 2 months. One was dead on arrival, one had very weak signal strength, and a third had compatibility issues with it's own pre-N NIC security settings. In my opinion, this system is much on hype, but little on delivery. It carries all the flaws that have follwed Belkin's G series routers, like only the default network address will work with DHCP, and brings some new ones into play.