Belkin N750 Review
The Belkin N750 wireless dual band router provides ultra fast wireless Internet speeds of up to 5GHz. It is equipped with 2 USB ports to host a printer or another type of external storage device and legitimate dual band Gigabit Ethernet. The router looks quite sleek and will appeal to just about everyone who uses the web on a computer. It appears almost like a futuristic unidentified flying object when it is positioned upright on its base.
The primary benefit of the Belkin N750 is that it provides lightning fast speeds at an affordable price. Other 450Mbps dual band routers typically cost at least as much as the Belkin N750 and oftentimes will set a buyer back much more. The Belkin N750 usually sells for below $100. This is an excellent deal considering that it provides a 5GHz band and 450Mbps speed.
It's also chock full of advanced features. There's 4 Gigabit local access network ports to support wired clients. There's also a WAN port to go online with an Internet source. Like most Belkin routers, the N750 is built with 2 wireless networks with one on each band. There is a label on the router's body that shows the encryption keys and names of each wireless network. This comes in handy so that users don't have to establish networks. They can simply rely on the default connections that have been pre-established, though the encryption keys and network names might be difficult to remember.
Users who want to customize the router just have to log in to the web interface through a connected device by directing the web browser to the default IP address. The password to log in will be set as a blank text box by default. The router also comes with special desktop software referred to as Belkin Router Monitor. This assists with the setup and establishes a map of the network drives associated with the paired USB drive, allows users to change the Belkin N750 settings and establishes the Web interface.
The router's only significant fault is that it doesn't provide support for WEP wireless encryption so it won't be backwards compatible with some wireless clients. It also doesn't support Ipv6. Also, a few users have mentioned that the router's stand design forces it to be positioned vertically so that it can fall over when brushed by a passerby. It is very lightweight. Yet those who criticize the Belkin N750′s vertical stand tend to admit that it looks much cooler when in the vertical position than routers that are designed to rest in the horizontal position.
A handful of users have also complained about the unit's wireless range and network storage capabilities. Some similarly priced routers offer more built-in network storage space. Another minor criticism is that the Belkin N750′s USB ports fail to provide enough power to support two portable devices like external hard drives. It functions best with only one plugged in.
Yet the Belkin N750 router provides good bang for the buck. It is durable, efficient, fast and quite stylish. It holds strong appeal for casual web surfers and those who spend the majority of their work day and free time online.
Submitted By: P. Thorne
This is a good router but the range for the 5GHz band seems poor. I turned it off completely and put all my devices on the 2.4Ghz band. The gigabit ethernet is nice, I have my desktop hardwired to the router.