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Belkin F5U301 CableFree 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub with Dongle
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Belkin F5U301 CableFree 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub with Dongle

by Belkin See the Amazon Page for this brand
1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Price: $219.99
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  • Gives desktop-computer users the freedom to place their USB devices anywhere in the room without running long cables
  • Laptop users gain the freedom to roam wirelessly with their laptops around the room while still maintaining access to their stationary USB devices
  • Connects USB printers, cameras, scanners, and other devices to your computer wirelessly, from up to 30 ft. away
  • Transfers data at speeds of up to 480Mbps for USB 2.0 devices
  • Includes a 4-port Hub, a USB Dongle (that connects into your computer), and a Dongle stand to give you optimum wireless reception

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 9 x 10.8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000LP9RQC
  • Item model number: F5U301
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 2, 2004

Product Description

Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
94 of 99 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it. Don't. Seriously. Don't. July 28, 2007
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A wireless USB hub is very appealing. The implementation of this one makes it useless.

The software only runs on Windows XP. There are no Vista drivers. The hub does not work until you've logged in and even then, it takes a few seconds. Since you have to have log in before the hub will work, your mouse and keyboard can't be plugged in to the wireless hub. This also means that USB audio devices that must be plugged in at boot will not work. I don't understand why Windows requires USB audio devices to be plugged in at boot, but that's Microsoft's fault, not Belkins.

It gets better. Yesterday, we rebooted the machine and my brother logged in with his account. The wireless hub didn't work at all because the software wasn't installed for him. Why would the installer even bother installing this software for only one user? No problem, we installed the software on his account. Reboot. Everything seemed to work. Fast user switch to my account and the software freaks out because the software running on his account is using the device. The USB devices attached to that hub go offline.

To Summarize:
- No Vista support
- Can't use it for keyboard/mouse
- No support for multiple user accounts
- Fast user switching messes it up

However tempted you may be, don't buy this product until they address these issues. This product is not ready for prime time. On the plus side, it seems like all of these problems are just related to software. If Belkin decides to, they could probably fix all of these problems in software.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this one May 5, 2007
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To be fair Belkin has always provided its costumers with grade A+products, unfortunately they failed to do so with this one. It does not have Vista support, loaded with Bugs, goes on & off whenever it feels like, and comes at a hefty price.The strange thing is that "Belkin Customer Care" acknowledges the problem and will offer you a cash back refund. The only question here is why is Amazon & Belkin still selling it when Belkin already labeled it as a defective product,and discontinued its production.

Do not buy this one, you will regret it !!!
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
This product is widely described as being Mac and PC compatible - not only here on Amazon, but in Belkin's own product information, and even in MacWorld. And yet... it's not. Once you have the item in hand, there is no pretense of Mac compatability at all, and Belkin neither ships it with a Mac driver nor provides one for download. I don't know if someone at Belkin screwed up before this product was released, but it should not be described as Mac-compatible; this is misinformation.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work March 22, 2007
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Could not make it work on a PC or Mac. Both had the latest OS. Belkin tech support verified that it didn't work on a Mac, inspite of their having submitted it to Macworld for review. When I purchased the F5U301, Amazon listed System Requirements that included Mac OS X.

On a PC with XP Service Pack 2, we were able to register the device with Windows, but attempting to use it caused the bluescreen of death and a spontaneous restart.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible implementation of a good idea February 26, 2007
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Everything about this product is bad. The manufacture has virtually no information on their web site to help make an informed decision to buy. Just some highly exaggerated specifications. Up to 30 foot range means about 10 feet in reality. The hub is supposed to be USB compliant but it worked with only a small percentage of my USB devices. An afterthought USB extension cable was included aparently to increase the range but this adds more wires and sloppiness where the goal was to reduce wires anD clutter. Without the extension, the device barely works. Even worse is the fact that the USB device driver is easily crashed when the wireless signal is interrupted requiring a reboot of the computer. I spent hours on the phone with Belkin support and no one knew much of anything about this device. I also received conflicting information from everyone I spoke to. One support person told me that the device had been recalled which is not true. Another told me that it had never been released for sale and wanted to know how I got one. It is really amazing how confused the company is with respect to this device. This product is an incredibly sloppy rush job and is not ready for market. The support people at Belkin were friendly and interested in helping but they had no useful information even at "level 3 support". I don't think I will ever buy another Belkin device that may require support.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a bit dissapointing July 29, 2007
I tried connecting my external hard drive as well as my scanner and printer however it seems to have problems connecting to my computer and keeps freezing. I tried another wired hub and it all works fine. This product also needs to me in line of sight so having it in a cupboard does not help either.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Performance ia so bad I sent it back for refund September 9, 2007
My HP printer only worked sometimes with the adapter, would randomly lock my system when printing requiring a re-boot. The performance was horrible and no where near the advertised 480 Mbps. At 3 feet I timed a 100 Mbps file transfer at almost 15 seconds or less than 10 Mbps. Could never get reliable link beyond 10 feet. Real dog, woof, woof. I can't believe Belkin would put a product like this out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Wireless USB
Went for Wireless USB using Warpia instead.
Newer drivers, supported.

Allows you to share usb devices with your PC wirelessly & securely (from another room). Read more
Published 14 months ago by SC
2.0 out of 5 stars Drivers are for windows ONLY.
The product requires drivers, and the drivers are windows only, which entirely defeated the reason I bought it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gary B
1.0 out of 5 stars usb hub wireless
this is not very user friendly itried on mulitple days to get this to work it still does not the drivers are fubared. thumbs down a waste of my cash!
Published 22 months ago by Jadenemo
1.0 out of 5 stars Still Bad
Would rate this Zero stars. NO support for windows 7 or vista, BUT of course they don't tell you that until you try to install the software. Just a waste of money. DO NOT BUY! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Readingdude
1.0 out of 5 stars DOESN'T WORK WITH WINDOWS 7 AT ALL!!! Total crap!!
Won't work in any way shape or form with Windows 7. No idea about any other systems, sorry. Was a total and complete waste of my money.
Published on April 7, 2012 by Constance R. Tremblay
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but...
This seems like it would be an awesome product, but doesn't work with WIN 7. Calls to the IO support line weren't really helpful, either (but I may have just gotten a person... Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Zaphod Betelgeuse
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless
I bought this thing for my PS3. When I recived it I found out that it requires drivers. So I was going to use it with my work computer. Then I found out that it ONLY works on XP. Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by James
1.0 out of 5 stars iffy
nice when it works
over heats
had to modify case to keep it somewhat cool
still loses connection from time to time
Published on March 27, 2011 by rabe
1.0 out of 5 stars It's lousy but... no it's just lousy
The range on this thing isn't anything near what's advertised. For best reception you'd want about 5 feet max with the units in direct line of site... Read more
Published on January 20, 2011 by viiowe996
2.0 out of 5 stars not the best
The issue with this product is to establish connectivity. Every time my PC goes into stand by, I need to restart it if I want the dongle to connect with the wireless hub. Read more
Published on December 31, 2010
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