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Belkin Home Base

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • ASIN: B002UVM2QC
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,692 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Belkins Home Base allows anyone on your network to wirelessly share external hard drives, printers, or other deviceswherever and whenever.

Wireless Printing
Place your printer anywhere you want and share with everyone in the home

Wireless Sharing
Saved files, including photos, music, and videos, can easily be accessed from any computer in the house

Back Up
Keep your memories safe with automatic backups to your external hard drive

Customer Reviews

It just didn't make sense though so I called Belkin's tech support.
Allen456
There is nowhere that it says that if you have an external hard drive externally powered, it will not be compatible to the hub.
Marino K. Poletine
It turns out their software is not talking to XP or Win 7... Try help screen on Home Base..
G. Canterbury

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Pennebaker on April 28, 2010
Mac OS X 10.6.3 & wireless mode do not work. Belkin tech support says drivers verified for 10.5. I'll update the review when/if this gets fixed, but this bodes poorly for Belkin's ability to support Mac OS X upgrades.

UPDATE: Follow up with Belkin confirms there are no plans to update drivers. So, if you buy something from Belkin, it may not work. If it does work, it may not work in the future and there may be no plan to make it work again. Not inspiring.

Kudos though to Belkin tech support, which has been refreshingly thorough and honest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Canterbury on June 15, 2010
I thought I would use this as an easy home print server... since I have a wireless network (using a belkin wireless router that was easy to set up and has worked flawlessly - hence my pre-disposition to their product) and several USB printers.. I consider myself fairly adept and computer savvy.. after reading several reviews this looked like a good way to set it up without too much trouble.

Note - one unit is a multifunction device, but I anticipated not being able to use the scanner capability wirelessly, so I Was not worried if it would not work.

Instructions are very succinct and straight forward (1 single sided sheet)... plug in the unit. plug in to network... install the software.. then connect the printers or drive.. VOILA!!!.. you have a print server and an easy connection for a hard drive to share on the network.

Plugged in a 24GB USB drive - both computers found it easy and connected to it with no problem. Excellent. so far, so good.

The home base found both printers, had some trouble with the drivers for one.. so I downloaded them and reinstalled.. no problem.. it found the driver and continued with installation.

Home Base found and connected to both printers, upon demand... Great, I thought... Went to try and use it... opened MS Word...Windows could not find the printers... they do not exist, as far as windows (and any apps) is concerned. It turns out their software is not talking to XP or Win 7...

Try help screen on Home Base.. not much help there...

Call up tech support... "heavy call volume.." blah, blah (the usual)..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joes on March 23, 2014
In Windows' Device Manager (devmgmt.msc), the SXUPTP driver was showing as disabled. Windows gave a warning that the device was known to have stability issues. I found out that SXUPTP is a driver from a company called Silex. Silex makes network USB hubs, so I assume that the Belkin hub is a rebranded Silex hub.

In order to update the Silex driver follow these steps:
1) Close the Belkin network hub's tray application.
2) Download the latest version of SX Virtual Link (sx-virtual_link_win_3120.zip).
3) Extract all of the files.
4) In Windows Explorer, navigate to sx-virtual_link_win_3120\s-33a3120\Files\Bin\Sxcsapi\WinVistaX64 if you are running a 64 bit OS, or sx-virtual_link_win_3120\s-33a3120\Files\Bin\Sxcsapi\WinVista if you are running a 32 bit OS.
5) Right-click on "Sxuptp.inf" and select "Install" from the menu.

The driver will be installed and the warning icon in the device manager should disappear. You may need to reboot for the changes to take effect.

Hope this helps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim H on March 9, 2010
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This unit is very easy to install and to get working. Much easier than the units from Linksys. The hard drive becomes available to all network users as soon as it is plugged in and the printers can be used by any computer on the network, but only available to one computer at a time. The printers must be connected and disconnected through the supplied software, but this is not a problem and quite easy. I use this product with Two printers and a hard drive.(an Epson RX500 color, an HP 3200 laserjet, as well as a Lacie USB Hard Drive)
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I have 20 years in IT and extensive networking experience. I love the Homebase as I don't have to run a dedicated NAS setup or a file/print server. The this is a true passthrough (not limited to a compatible product list) server device with very easy setup. Sharing printers or external hard drives is better than any product I've seen. I would recommend this over the Apple Airport or any router touting print or file serving. Wireless with WPS just makes this an even better deal. Mapping data stores and printers in Windows couldn't be easier.

I own 2 Homebases, one for printers and one for my external drives.
for the basic user looking to have network access to printers and external data stores, this is the unit for you. I highly recommend putting the unit on an 802.11n network or even better hard wired ethernet.

CON:
Belkin markets this as DLNA compliant allowing you to access movies, music, pictures from any DLNA certified device. It doesn't work!! I've worked with Belkin product development, not the knowledgebase flunkies you get at tier one support. The product will not serve into a DLNA architecture. There is some form of bug in the firmware. Even Belkin admits this. They supposedly have a firmware upgrade but it isn't available to the publical and there is no ETA for release. Even tier one support agents could find it. Oddly enough, the Homebase will show my printers on the DLNA architecture. I switched my units around putting the harddrives on the "printer" unit. No success. If you're looking for DLNA, download TVersity and connect your drives directly to your machine.

As of 6/1, Belkin is supposed to have their R&D developers contact me directly They will follow through as I'm a HUGE Belkin fans and have been using their routers for years. I'll update here after R&D troubleshoots the problem.
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