Belkin N1 Wireless Router, Desktop, Notebook, and USB Cardsskinny - July 8, 2007
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When I was asked to review the full slate of N1 MIMO products from Belkin, I was excited. First, because my wireless setup was admittedly getting a little old, but second, because I had heard good things about Belkin, and felt that this would be a major upgrade for my system in a number of areas. This review had me happy with some features to begin with, but as I went on, I was reminded of something my parents said to me when I was a kid and had failed a test: “We aren’t mad at you, but we sure are disappointed.” Boy, does that hurt.
Belkin, a California company founded in 1983, provides a wide variety of computer and electronic accessories and peripherals, including wired and wireless networking, USB hubs, surge protectors, and audio/video cables. The company claims to have experienced over 20 straight years of growth, with over $1 billion in sales.
The Belkin N1 products come in very attractive, professional looking packaging. This packaging includes a picture of the product on the front, a quick install guide on the side (only three easy steps!), and right below this is their toll free, 24/7 Tech Support number. Remember this point; it will come in very handy later on. The back of the package offers an explanation of what this product can do for the user, including a claimed 300 mbps link rate.
Inside each box, you will find the product, the Quick Install Guide, installation software, and a user manual. The box for the router also includes the AC power supply, a Wireless Security Setup Guide, and a Network Status Display guide. The items in the router packaging are labeled with large letters, which will be covered in the installation section.