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Belkin Surf, Share and Play Wi-Fi routers

Belkin Surf, Share and Play Wi-Fi routersBelkin has unveiled its 2010 lineup of wireless routers and broadband modems and aims to take the pain out of installing and setting up a Wi-Fi network. UPDATED: 24/03/2010.

There are three main versions. The £49.99 (cable) or £69.99 (ADSL) Belkin Surf is a four-port wireless-n modem router; the Belkin Share adds a USB port and VPN support and costs £69.99 (cable) or £89.99 (ADSL). Finally, the Belkin Play is a dual-band device that comes in at £79.99 (cable) or £99.99 (ADSL). For power users, there's a Play Max edition that, at £99.99 (cable) or £119.99 (ADSL), includes two USB ports and gigabit ethernet.

The top models also boast cross-platform apps such as Daily DJ, to automatically compile personalised music playlists, and Music Labeller, which can explore your music archive and fill in missing track info.

Belkin looks set to start selling its Surf, Share and Play routers from April.

The flagship Play Max model is one of the first to combine an ADSL modem with gigabit ethernet and 802.11n wireless in the same box - more details: "Belkin router refresh leads with gigabit modem".

Belkin Surf, Share and Play Wi-Fi routers

Key apps and features of the Belkin Surf, Share, Play and Play Max range include:

  • Easy Start - all the routers come pre-wired, removing much of the confusion of a normal installation process and you don't need to plug them into your computer in order to set them up.
  • Pre-set security - immediate network security out of the box
  • Self Healing - automatically detects and resolves network problems and runs routine maintenance
  • Memory Safe - automatically backs up precious photos and important files to your external hard drive
  • Print Genie - prints wirelessly from any computer on the network from anywhere in your home. Works with any multi-functional USB printer and unlike a print server,
    lets you use your scanning functionality too.
  • Music Mover - plays MP3s from your music library on your home stereo wirelessly.
  • Connect the external hard drive on which you store your music to the router - and move music from your computer to your stereo through devices like Xbox 360® and PlayStation 3
  • Music Labeller - automatically identifies and labels your tracks with the correct title, artist and genre
  • Daily DJ - suggests daily personalised playlists from your music library based on your mood
  • Torrent Genie - downloads large media files like movies, music, and games, even when your computer is switched off
  • Bit Boost - prioritises traffic on your network for video, gaming, and VoIP, letting you easily select your most important data streams for seamless network traffic

Product Specifications:

Belkin Play Max Wireless Router/Modem Router (F7D4301uk/F7D4401uk) - £99.99/£119.99

  • Features/apps include: Easy Start, Pre-set Security, Self Healing, Print Genie, Memory Safe, Music Mover, Music Labeller, Video Max HD, Daily DJ, Torrent, Genie, Bit Boost
  • Stream HD videos, play games online and download large media files
  • Features high-speed Gigabit ports for media-intensive applications and simultaneous Dual-Band networks for maximum speed and coverage
  • Simultaneous 802.11n Dual-Band for speeds of up to 300Mbps
  • 2.4GHz - 5GHz
  • 2 USB ports to support external USB hard drives and USB printers
  • UPnP server
  • Pre-configured wireless security
  • Wi-Fi Protected SetupTM - 256-bit WPA®/WPA2 and 64/128 WEP encryption VPN Support: PPTP and IPSec pass-through Compatible with Mac OS® X v10.6 and v10.5, and Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

Belkin Play Wireless Router/Modem Router (F7D4302uk/F7D4402uk) - £79.99/£99.99

  • Features/apps include: Easy Start, Pre-set Security, Self Healing, Print Genie, Memory Safe, Music Mover, Music Labeller, Video Max, Daily DJ
  • Provides the fastest, most reliable speeds for streaming video, playing music and online gaming
  • Simultaneous 802.11n Dual-Band for speeds of up to 300Mbps
  • 2.4GHz - 5GHz
  • 1 USB port supports external USB hard drives or USB printers
  • Pre-configured wireless security
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup - 256-bit WPA/WPA2 and 64/128 WEP encryption
  • VPN Support: PPTP and IPSec pass-through
  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.6 and v10.5, and Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

Belkin Share Wireless Router/Modem Router (F7D3302uk/F7D3402uk) - £69.99/£89.99

  • Features/apps include: Easy Start, Pre-set Security, Self Healing, Print Genie, Memory Safe
  • Share and access documents, photos and files from multiple computers
  • 802.11n
  • 2.4GHz
  • 1 USB port supports external USB hard drives or USB printers
  • Pre-configured wireless security
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup - 256-bit WPA/WPA2 and 64/128 WEP encryption
  • VPN Support: PPTP and IPSec pass-through
  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.6 and v10.5, and Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP

Belkin Surf Wireless Router/Modem Router (F7D1301uk/FD71401uk) - £49.99/£69.99

  • Features include: Easy Start, Pre-set Security, Self Healing
  • Surf the Web, email, and instant message from anywhere in your home
  • 802.11n
  • 2.4GHz
  • Pre-configured wireless security
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup - 256-bit WPA/WPA2 and 64/128 WEP encryption
  • VPN Support: PPTP and IPSec pass-through
  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.6 and v10.5, and Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
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