Belkin N1 Vision
Manufacturer: Belkin Part number: F5D8232-4
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CNET editors' review
price range: $249.95
- Reviewed by: Felisa Yang
- Edited by: Matthew Elliott
- Reviewed on: 08/27/2007
The good: Embedded LCD offers loads of information at a glance; guest SSID and password let you share your Internet connection without compromising data or privacy; easy setup; configuration utility is newbie-friendly; Gigabit Ethernet ports; slick, attractive design.
The bad: Slow throughput; very expensive.
The bottom line: The Belkin N1 Vision router makes great strides in user-friendliness, but drops the ball when it comes to performance.
Drops WOW connection
by stephen2143 on August 5, 2009
Pros: Easy to setup and configure. Connect to my Linksys modem without any problems.
Web interface is easy to use.
Cons: If you get the Ver 2000 it will drop you World of Warcarft connection every 2 hours while doing a time check. Belkin has not been very good at resolving this issue to date, and disabling the NTP service only way to keep it from drop your connection.
Summary: For a Wireless router that Belkin tonts as a game router they really should fix the issue with Dropping connection with online games every 2 hours when the NTP server ...
Summary: For a Wireless router that Belkin tonts as a game router they really should fix the issue with Dropping connection with online games every 2 hours when the NTP server does a time check.
For gadget freaks (in line with iPod, iPhone, Mini)
by l00pback on July 9, 2009
Pros: - unique design featuring big LCD screen - real eye candy
Cons: - DHCP giving different IPs to the same MACs every time router is restarted
- poorer B/G throughput than even old routers
- unreliable setup - some changes must be confirmed & reconfirmed several times
Summary: First of all I got bored with my 2 y.o. Linksys WRV200 which needed soft reboot every 2 days & the hard one every weekend b/c of choking ...
Summary: First of all I got bored with my 2 y.o. Linksys WRV200 which needed soft reboot every 2 days & the hard one every weekend b/c of choking & stalling on ftp and finally displaying blank page instead of setup screen. So I put it on eBay and surprisingly it got few bids shortly. I didn't expected it soon so I had to buy the next router quickly.I admit I got tempted by Belkin's unusual LCD. I expected it to look cool in my living (instead of bunch of green lights I had so far) and it did. Great but the look it's not all you expect from a router. With my old WRV200 I used to have 2.5 MB/s on FTP. Belkin sitting in the same spot gave me only 1-1.5 MB/s. Lack of fixed MAC-to-IP assignment is another downside. Even having IP assigned by DHCP with "Forever" option it changes once the router is restarted. So is it a complete trash? Well, for simple network setup it's quite ok. I could keep it for my other apartment where I only need the Internet for some web browsing but already had tiny WRT54-GC performing very good for few years now so why spend extra 100$?
Worst piece of electronic equipment i've ever purchased
by GTerribil on June 5, 2009
Pros: The aesthetics- it looks cool and has a clock.
Cons: Countless dropped connections.
Inability to apply combinations of security without completely ignoring all wifi connections.
Slows streaming ability and webpage download time.
Summary: Don't purchase unless you want a clock disguised as a router.
Summary: Don't purchase unless you want a clock disguised as a router.
Easy to set up
by carlallen on May 24, 2009
Pros: Easy to set up and the LCD Display shows alot of info.
Cons: I did have a old Belkin router and one room in the house did not get a signal so I thought it's new one with the N band will cover the house and it dont.
Beware of the bad reviews
by SanduskySerpents on May 2, 2009
Pros: Almost perfect....the lcd and layout of the menus on the router could be better designed
Cons: none to date
Summary: Alot of people are haveing problems with this router and i can't really find any....yes the firmware has a few hickups be what router doesnt!? People say there ...
Summary: Alot of people are haveing problems with this router and i can't really find any....yes the firmware has a few hickups be what router doesnt!? People say there is no mac address flitering....there is its in advance settings.
Great Looking - Poor Function Turns off constantly
by bcn0209 on February 24, 2009
Pros: Out of the Box experience is great...looks great, packaging is more expensive than a dinner out at Chili's! Feels like I am opening an IPOD. Great visual appeal, expensive looking.
Cons: The unit is very top heavy. This means it is easy to tip over. Its tall and no weight in base. In Power Save Mode when screen IS dark, there is no way to KNOW if its on/ working. How about adding a blue LED for power or blinking LED for activity?
Summary: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It should be FORM FOLLOWING FUNCTION but I THINK THEY SCREWED THAT UP AS THIS THING IS FUNCTION FOLLOWING FORM. THE POWER ...
Summary: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It should be FORM FOLLOWING FUNCTION but I THINK THEY SCREWED THAT UP AS THIS THING IS FUNCTION FOLLOWING FORM. THE POWER PROBLEM APPARENTLY IS COMMON. CALLS TO CUSTOMER SERVICE GO TO INDIA. INDIAN CUSTOMER SERVICE DOES NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT AN N1 VISION IS. YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM THE MODEL NUMBER FROM THE PACKAGING. THEN THEY ASK YOU TO UPDATE THE FIRMWARE ON THE ITEM YOU BOUGHT TODAY AT BEST BUY????WHAT GIVES? WORST OF ALL, THE UNIT RUNS HOT! iT JUST TURNS OFF PERIODICALLY AND SEEMS EVERYBODY HAS THIS PROBLEM. YOU'RE BETTER OFF STICKING TO A SOLID NETGEAR OR D-LINK ROUTER BECAUSE THIS THING STINKS!
Crap. dont buy
by majik123 on February 20, 2009
Pros: Looks / Warranty
Cons: wireless drop out
cant reserve ip's for mac addresses
adsl drop outs
Summary: i spent over $380 on this router. I get good connection speed and the switch works well. However the cons way out do the pro's. The wireless drops out ...
Summary: i spent over $380 on this router. I get good connection speed and the switch works well. However the cons way out do the pro's. The wireless drops out heaps and the whole modem/router freezes every 2 hours. And the advertising on the box that says "Stream HD Video" over N1 is a lot of crap. IT cant even stream SD, and yes i have changed the channels, changed the encryption and all possible forum tips/tricks. my n1 usb adapter will not connect above 130mbps. In the morning i will be ringing belkin for a replacement/refund.
Nice looking router but lacks an important feature...
by jgirlnyc on February 15, 2009
Pros: I thought it looked very nice with the on screen display and the ability to view who's on the network as well as download and upload speeds.
Cons: CLIENT IP FILTERS! I was able to limit my son's xbox 360 live online use with my old Linksys router & now with the Belkin router I use the settings indicated by manual & tech support and he will either be online all night or unable to connect at a
Summary: I think that Belkin should have really tested the router and the firewall features before releasing it. The router is just cosmetic and will work as a basic router. But ...
Summary: I think that Belkin should have really tested the router and the firewall features before releasing it. The router is just cosmetic and will work as a basic router. But if there are extra features you look for and want to set it up with this router- good luck. Only 6 slots are available for client ip filters when there are 7 days in a week. If I set my computers (xbox included) with a static ip address those computers and xbox are NOT listed in the DHCP client list. Tech support has given me like 5 different answers when I asked for help none of which seemed to work. I am really considering going back to Linksys.
So Far So Good
by cowboyobe on December 30, 2008
Pros: I like the Design of the N1 Vision.
Cons: all the bad reviews scared me.
Summary: I have the Version 2000. Setup was a good minute due to getting it all secure and snuggled into its new home. I would recommend this router to anyone.
Summary: I have the Version 2000. Setup was a good minute due to getting it all secure and snuggled into its new home. I would recommend this router to anyone.Jan 9 '08, Everything is going GREAT. No problems. router is running strong. Only problem I have had is when I think there is something with the internet, i reset the modem. End result comes to unplugging both router and modem for a minute or so then plugging the powers in at the same time and its all fixed. Happy days.
Updated on Jan 9, 2009
Absolute Junk - Wasted $150
by h2oskierc on December 16, 2008
Pros: Looks Cool
Cons: Painfully Slow, Frequent Lock-ups, Often disconnection.
Summary: On paper it looks like it would be a great router, and it is clear to me that CNet was far too generous with their rating. I have frequent lock-ups ...
Summary: On paper it looks like it would be a great router, and it is clear to me that CNet was far too generous with their rating. I have frequent lock-ups where I have to power cycle the router, the speed is PAINFULLY slow. You will not get the advantage of having a wireless N router, you might just as well use wireless G, and even then it will feel slow. This was a horrible investment, and unfortunately I am not within the return period at the electronics store I bought it at.
I have tried firmware updates, reseting to factory defaults and setting up the router again, and will soon be trying to get my money back from Belkin.
- Manufacturer: Belkin
- Part number: F5D8232-4
- Description: The N1 Vision wireless router offers an easy way for you to view your network's broadband speed, computer bandwidth usage, and the status of your connected devices - all from an easy-to-read display. Packaged in a new sleek and sophisticated design, N1 Vision offers the best in networking performance with its wireless 802.11n 3x3 radio design and wired gigabit ports. The N1 Vision wireless router continues Belkin's commitment in providing the best user experience in the home market through its Plug-and-Play "CD-less" installation and simple network security setup.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
- Enclosure Type Desktop
- Compatible Slots None
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
IEEE 802.11n (draft),
- Data Transfer Rate 300 Mbps
- Max Range Open Space 1600 ft
- Network / Transport Protocol PPTP ,
- Encryption Algorithm WPA2,
- Authentication Method Radio Service Set ID (SSID)
- Features MIMO technology ,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g,
IEEE 802.11n (draft),
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45,
WAN : 1 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
- Expansion Slots None
- Wireless Capability This product uses the draft version of the upcoming 802.11n standard. Its compatibility with other and future products is not guaranteed, and it may interfere with current 802.11b and g products.
- Networking type Wireless router
- Networking standards [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] IEEE 802.11g ,
IEEE 802.3ab ,
IEEE 802.11b ,
IEEE 802.11n (draft) ,
IEEE 802.3u ,
- Antenna Qty 3
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Cables (Details) 1 x Network cable
- Microsoft Certifications Works with Windows Vista
Software / System Requirements
- OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.4,
Microsoft Windows Vista / 2000 / XP