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Belkin N+ Wireless Modem Router review

Verdict:

Good value if you're not bothered about dual band operation.

Review Date: 13 Feb 2009

Price when reviewed: inc VAT

Reviewed By: Orestis Bastounis

Our Rating 4 stars out of 5

One reason why the N+ is cheaper than some of the other routers is that it doesn't support dual band.

It makes up for this with ease of use and good performance. The front of the device sports bright blue status LEDs, with a status bar indicating the quality of your Internet connection.

You can share USB storage devices with the Belkin N+, and access storage using the Belkin Storage Manger, which automatically creates a network share for you. There's no option to set up USB printers or configure an FTP server in the web interface, but it works for simple sharing.

The router's interface displays every setting on the left-hand side, making it easy to find the options you need. Like the BT Home Hub 2.0, the Belkin has a wireless power saving feature. It also supports multiple wireless networks (on the same 2.4GHz band), one for trusted users and another for guests, who may be redirected to a 'hotel style' login page.

Performance in our tests with both Belkin's own brand adapter and our Centrino laptop was better than that of the D-Link DSL-2740B, managing 10.87Mbit/sec at 25 metres. The N+ is still far from being the fastest router on test, but with an excellent feature set, including Gigabit Ethernet, it's well worth a look.

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