Belkin Dual-Band Wireless N+ Router

Belkin Dual-Band Wireless N+ Router
Price: $79.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard* or $9 Two-Day or *$12 One-Day
Condition: New

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Belkin N900 Router
Price: $79.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard OR $9 Two-Day OR $12 One-Day
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Condition: New

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Previous Similar Sales (May not be exact model)
11/7/2013 - $99.99 - 19 comment(s)

11/19/2013 - $99.99 (Woot Plus)
11/12/2013 - $99.99 (Woot Plus)

Check out the review from Cnet

Here is the product page and overview, pictures and a video from CES 2012, courtesy of engadget

Check out the OK review over at pcworlds.com

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I’ve got one. Works as advertised. It was up and running within 5 minutes of taking it out of the box. However, this price seems higher than I’ve seen them elsewhere. The only downside is that the firmware has not been updated by the vendor in more than a year. Anyone know if this model supports DD-WRT?

Can you provide specific examples of this?

It was slightly lower on amazon just 2 minutes ago, but it reverted back to the usual price 0.o

I do not see this Belkin Model on the list of DD-WRT supported devices. :frowning: Look’s like it’s a no go for this one.

That’s for used, not new.

Can I replace my time Warner Cable device with this one?

I am in the market. I must say that over time, I have found Woot less and less helpful with relevant information about the stuff they sell. Perhaps this is a result of becoming a part of Amazon. Anyway…

To appropriately evaluate a router, you would want to consider the following dimensions:
a) FUTURE-PROOF: Two things to consider…

  1. Does it do AC (the “current” draft spec). This router does not, though if you don’t have an AC client, that won’t help you. You can buy an AC adapter that will plug into the USB port of your laptop.
  2. USB port - I see two on the picture, not sure if these are 2.0 or 3.0. (These aren’t mentioned in the Woot Specs, so don’t shoot me if there aren’t two USB ports). You need one of these if you are going to put your NAS storage onto the router.

b)SPEED: This router does “upto” 450 Mbps. There are decent 300+300 routers out there also. Actual speeds depend on the number of errors and how far from the router you use your device. One also needs to know if there are two antennas, four or six, and whether the two frequency bands can be used at the same time.

c) STABLITY: This is why these things have a reset button now a days. Usually multiple devices make routers unhappy, and the more devices you have competing for attention, the less stable it is going to be. So too for higher bandwidth usage (if you watch movies on two devices together, you will likely be resetting things twice or thrice a week). Putting on something like DD-WRT or Tomato or one of the other similar options usually helps with stability, and the ability to transmit at a higher power if you choose (see next section). This router is not DD-WRT supported yet.

d) TRANSMIT POWER and “beam forming”: The antennas routers have are multi-directional (the form two big orbs of transmission around the antenna). If the device is on one side of your house, it is spending roughly half its power sending radio waves to parts of your property where you won’t use your laptop (the garden, the neighbor’s house, etc.) There are three solutions possible:

  1. Higher transmit power - don’t know how much this thing puts out.

  2. Put some reflectors, e.g. from WindSurfer ( http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template2/ ), onto your antennas and save some of the wasted transmission power. That’s impossible with internal antennae as found on this device.

  3. Beamforming technology - Netgear has this on their newer stuff. Not sure how it works, but I imagine they did that to be able to hide the antennae inside the enclosure.

e) LOOKS: My wife certainly wants the antennae hidden. The lights being hidden is also an important feature. Not to stereotype, but wooters of the male persuasion may forget about these “features” :slight_smile: (as did I).

The above are a lot of factors for an individual to consider, so I did what I normally do - rely on what the good people at Costco (or Consumer Reports) consider to be the best price/performance/specific features trade off. There, they have a $130 router (Amped Wireless® High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Dual Band Router) and a $69 adapter… Netgear A6200 802.11ac WiFi USB Adapter. Obviously, you don’t have to buy both. And you don’t have to spring $130 for the router, other options are available at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, etc. etc.: But hopefully you can make a more informed decision now about what will work for YOU, not just whether this particular router i a good deal or not.

Cheers,

Mr. “Nothing is more expensive than a good deal on something I didn’t need in the first place”

You probably want a router with a coaxial cable terminal and DOCSIS capability (or maybe MOCA or something else, check first with you provider).

am I reading this correctly, this router has both 2.4GHz and 5GHz, but does not support 802.11a:

Its running ~$136 over at the mothership and this seems like a good deal if you’re in need of a router.

I am looking for a solution to strengthen the signal on the other side of the house. Anyone know if I can do that with this router?

Belkin has is for $10 cheaper:

[MOD EDIT: The product you linked is for the N600, not for today’s N900]

Not the same as this one. Belkin page one is a N600 with no usb

Nice find. Free shipping from belkin as well. Fail on woot’s part.

I have a similar router, only one usb port. It’s been a solid router. Except after I recently updated the firmware. Disable the guest access after the firmware is updated. Mine disconnected from the internet like crazy until I did that.

This is the only Router I have ever thrown away, it dropped my internet connection constantly and required a daily reboot. Belkin support was next to useless, even after I flashed the latest firmware it was till garbage. I paid 125 for this on amazon two months ago and regretted it. Got a cheap TP LINK instead and with the addition of dd-wrt turned it into a real beast…only 34.99 on Amazon. Save your money and pass in this