- Brand Name: Belkin
- Model Number: F7D7302
- Connectivity Technology: wireless
- Network Data Transfer Rate: 300
- Item Display Weight: 1.55 pounds
Belkin Share N300 Wireless N+ Router MiMo 3D & USB Port
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- Bandwidth: 20MHz and 20/40 MHz auto
- Encryption Types Supported: WPA2/WPA-Personal (PSK) & WEP 64/128-bit
- Hardware Interface Type: Ethernet (4xLAN, 1xWAN), 1x USB 2.0 A Female (Storage or Printer)
- Ports: 4x RJ45 LAN Ports; 1x RJ45 WAN Port; 1x USB 2.0 Port
- LEDs: 1x network status LED, 1x WPS LED
- Link Rate (Speed) : up to 300Mbps
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1) Ability to load Open Source Firmware onto. If I can't run Tomato on it, it's no good to me.
2) Has at least one USB port! My goal was to use this as an AirPrint and AirPlay device.
3) Relatively powerful CPU with a decent amount of storage and memory. In order to run some of these services, it'll need decent hardware.
4) Inexpensive. At least half the price of an AirPort Express. If I'm going to pay close to the price of an AirPort Express, I might as well just buy one.
After spending an hour looking around Amazon, I had settled on a $40 ASUS until I happened to see this hot little number for $20 even! I took glance at the reviews and noticed people running TomatoUSB on it, so I figured I'd give it a shot; worst case I can just return it, right?
It arrived the next day and I got down to work. It's not nearly small as an AirPort Express, but it'll be sitting on my desk so who cares, right? Besides, I've already got an AirPort Express if I ever need it for travel. (It's currently being tied up extending my WiFi network into the garage/office and sharing a row of printers.)
After spending about 3 hours doing research, I finally figured out a simple way to get TomatoUSB onto the router (which I've shared below). To put it simply, it works very nicely. There isn't much more to say other than that.
For $20, this is a great little unit! I've currently got it setup as an AirPrint server, so I can access my label printers from my iPhone and iPad, in addition to an AirPlay server so I can wirelessly stream music from my MacBook Air and iPhone to my USB headphones.Read more ›
This is an excellent router, with 8 MB of flash memory and 64 MB of RAM, with that amount of RAM it runs really stable with various concurrent connections, the problem with the product is the factory firmware, I received mine with firmware version 1.00.23, which according with most reviews is really crappy, I flashed the last avaliable firmware by Belkin, version 1.00.25, tested it for a few days, and had very few problems with it, mostly related with slow file transfers from my USB hard drive, and with the wifi coverage at my house, of course keep in mind this unit includes internal antennas, so it's coverage is a little more limited.
I decided to load TomatoUSB on it, the Shibby version, someone else explained here how to do it, so I will only add some tips to that, you don't need to do exactly a 30/30/30 procedure, it could be more exactly an 5/5/10, unplug the router, press the reset button 5 seconds, without depressing the button, connect the router to the energy source, and after 10 seconds release it, that will put the router in firmware upgrade mode.
When you access the CFE firmware page, there is a link there to clear NVRAM, use it first, after that you should load a trailed version, for Shibby's one, that should be something like tomato-F7D3302-1.28.MIPSR2-Mini.bin , wait for it to flash and reboot (about 5 minutes), once it reboots you should upload a more complete version of the firmware, for example: tomato-K26USB-1.28.RT-MIPSR2-110-Big-VPN.trx
Once TomatoUSB is loaded on it, you are in for a really great experience with this little piece of hardware, you can take a look at wikibooks.Read more ›
How to Upgrade this to Tomato USB in Windows (Warning this may violate your warranty and all disclaimers apply - proceed at your own risk):
First download the correct files for this router - see Timothy Brown's instructions in his Amazon review of this product for the correct versions and download locations. But the ones I used were the following which were the latest as of the date of this review:
1) Connect the ethernet cable from your computer to the first "Wired" port (not the "Modem" port)
2) Plug your ethernet cable from your modem to the "Modem" port
3) Plug the AC adapter in to the wall and router
4) Set the windows machine's static IP to 192.168.2.10, net mask 255.255.255.0, and default gateway and DNS to 192.168.2.1 If you don't know how to do this google it for your version of windows as it varies somewhat (in brief: network and sharing center->click on your network connection->properties->ip4 protocol->properties, fill out the screen).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has worked well until recently. Had to turn off the guest network, it just wouldn't stay stable with the increased devices.Published 19 days ago by Steve Schultz
I am using this router as a secondary router in the back of my house. The main reasons for this are WiFi in my back yard as well as WiFi up to the 3rd floor of my house built in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rick from PA
I have been struggling with this router for about six months. It has to be "reset" five or six times a day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Rainey
This router is alright for a smaller place like an apartment. I was not happy with it in a 2000 sq. ft. house. It seemed slow and I only had it a couple years and it got worse. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jake Pardee
It did its job for a about a year and a half then it slowed down greatlyPublished 6 months ago by Biddywax
Well, let's put it this way... I have zero regrets buying this router.Published 7 months ago by Suresh Tuladhar
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