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Belkin N1 Vision wireless router

£120 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Belkin

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 1 out of 10

Belkin's N1 Vision Wireless Router has style, a slick user interface, a gigabit ethernet switch, and innovative features never seen before in a consumer Wi-Fi router.

How can something so hip also be disappointing? Belkin's N1 Vision Wireless Router has style, a slick user interface, a gigabit ethernet switch, and innovative features never seen before in a consumer Wi-Fi router - features such as an LCD status screen and a browserless security setup.

It is also 802.11n Draft 2.0-certified (thus promising interoperability with other Draft-N devices), it has the best setup process we've ever seen in a Wi-Fi router, and Belkin N1 Vision's range is superb.

However, while the features are cool (and some are quite useful), mediocre performance and a sky-high price tag spoil the picture. For more than £100 we expect a top-performing router, but the Belkin N1 Vision was only as fast as non-gigabit 802.11n routers costing half as much.

That flashy LCD status screen is the Belkin N1 Vision's raison d'etre. At 1.5x2.75in, you can't read it from across the room, but it's still useful. You can set the screen to show one of seven different informational displays, such as connection status/SSID/number of devices connected, current and maximum upload/download speeds, current connection speeds for each computer, internet usage for each computer for the past 24 hours, and a date/time screen. While these displays are fun to explore at first, after a day or two they lose their novelty.

Of more lasting utility is the ability to set up security via the LCD, especially for guest users. The Belkin N1 Vision lets you set up a guest Wi-Fi net with a separate password that's isolated from your private network, so that guests can't access your computers, servers or printers. And you can view and change security settings on the LCD, allowing a guest to have access right from the router without delving into the web setup utility.

Also, if you have devices with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) enabled, the Belkin N1 Vision offers push-button setup so you don't have to know or enter long passwords. You first touch the WPS setup option on the LCD screen, and then the same button on your computer or other WPS-enabled device within two minutes, and you will be connected automatically. It's sort of like unlocking the door for two minutes to allow someone in.

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Belkin N1 Vision Expert Verdict »
BELKIN N1 VISION ADSL Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 36 reviews
Browser Based Management
Up to 300 Mbps in 20/40MHz Channel Mode
Maximum Users: 253 (LAN), 16 (WLAN)
LCD: Connected Devices, Download/Upload Speedometer, Guest Access Network, Network Display, Usage
Plug and Play Setup
Ports: WAN-- 1 Gigabit Port LAN-- 4 Gigabit Ports
Up to 1,600ft
Wi-Fi Protected Setup
WPA, WPA2-Personal, 64-bit/128-bit encryption, Multiple SSID
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n draft*, IEEE 802.3ab
VPN Support: IPSec pass-through, PPTP
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

With a firmware update to support 802.11n-only mode and better throughput, along with a modest price cut, the Belkin N1 Vision would be almost 20-20.

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