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The Good The Belkin N1 is extremely user-friendly, with an idiot-proof setup guide and an impressive network-status display. And it still leads the pack with its service-and-support package.
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The Bad Though the Belkin N1 performed admirably for having only the mixed-mode option, it still fell well short of expectations for The Bottom Line With its rouyer status icons, up-to-date security options, and stellar support, the Belkin N1 router is on the path to In spite of the rash of announcements for Draft N networking equipment earlier this yearactual hardware has been slow to surface.
Worse, the performance of the products that have been released–from Linksys and Netgear –has fallen short of expectations. Belkin’s Pre-N router is still one of our favorites for its impressive intersection of price wjreless performance, so we had high hopes for the company’s Draft N product, the Belkin N1 wireless router and the companion wireless notebook adapter.
Though it was slightly speedier than the other two Draft N routers we’ve tested, it’s still a ways off from delivering on the promise of Draft N. The Belkin N1 router differs from either Linksys’s or Netgear’s competing Draft N products by not offering a single-mode operation. Generally, single-mode operation offers better performance, because in mixed-mode, the older-generation products such as This discrepancy makes direct performance comparisons impossible, but the Belkin N1 did best the Linksys and Netgear Draft N routers in CNET Labs’ mixed-mode and long-range in mixed mode throughput tests.
We’re sticking with the same advice we’ve given in reviews of other pre-N and Draft N devices: If you do have to buy now and want something that will likely be upgradable through firmware to conform with the final 11n spec, this Belkin N1 router would be our choice.
If you don’t mind buying a new router now and again when the spec is finalized, ff5d8231-4 with Belkin’s Pre-N router.
And keep in mind that if you do opt for so-called pre-N or Super G networking equipment, you’ll need to use matching routers and cards for the best performance. The Belkin N1 wireless router has the same body as its pre-N predecessor–with the same three-antenna configuration–though the slate-gray plastic has been replaced with a slick, silver-and-black exterior. The rear of the router serves up the standard connections: The standout design feature of this router is one that’s been a long time in coming: Belkin replaced the standard LED lights with a top-mounted network-status display that gives you better insight into your network.
The LEDs normally mounted on a router blink to indicate activity, but the blinking probably doesn’t mean much to someone new to networking, especially when that person is trying to troubleshoot a problematic network connection. Belkin’s network-status display panel uses graphical representations of each element of the network: The included guide tells you that a solid blue icon means everything is fine, while a blinking amber-colored icon indicates that something is amiss at that juncture in the network.
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