New Belkin Routers are Plug and Play
For most people, setting up a wireless router is a bit of a hassle to make sure everything works and can get online. But now, Belkin is intent on changing that with a new series of wireless routers that are as simple as they come. Belkin has finally ditched the alphanumeric names of its past routers and is releasing four new ones with the names of Surf, Share, Play and Play Max. Each one comes with SSID and encryption pre-configured, so all the user has to do is plug it in and you will be online in no time at all. If you want to change the network name, just load up the included software to do so. All the routers are 802.11n and all of them, minus the basic Surf one, come with preloaded apps. The Share model comes with a USB port that you can plug an external hard drive or printer into as well as using Belkin's own backup and printing software. The Play Max model comes with an app that will even shift your downloads to the router itself while your computer is turned off.
The prices for the new wireless routers start at $49.95 for the Surf model and up to $129.95 for the Play Max model. Availability will begin in April for the U.S. and early May for Europe, with other regions to follow after the initial launch.