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Belkin N1 Vision Wireless Router (F5D8232-4)

by Belkin

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  • Interactive Status Display shows your network's broadband speed, computer bandwidth usage, the status of connected network devices, and more.
  • Plug-and-Play CD-less setup
  • Easy Security Setup with support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup¿ and Multiple SSID
  • 802.11n draft 2.0 compatible - 3x3 radio design provides excellent speeds and complete wireless coverage
  • 4 Gigabit Ports
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Belkin
  • Model: F5D8232-4
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Connectivity Technology: wireless
  • Network Data Transfer Rate: 300 Megabits Per Second
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 2 x 10.4 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000U78XOS
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: F5D8232-4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,496 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at August 22, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

N1 vision Wireless router Product Description With the Belkin N1 Vision Wireless Router, going wireless has just gotten a lot easier, a lot more powerful, and a lot more stylish. Not only does this slim device display all the activity on your network in plain English on an easy-to-read LCD display, it also sports the latest in Wi-Fi standards--802.11n 3x3 MIMO technology that will give you a link rate of up to 300 Mbps, and an unprecedented range of up to 1,600 feet.

A sleek, revolutionary design with an innovative network display. View larger.

View your network's upload and download speeds.

Quickly check the status of your networking devices.

Instantly reveal computers accessing your network.

Stay on top of network problems.
True Plug-and-Play Ease and Easy-to-Read Info
With the N1 Vision, you can kiss those long and arduous days of configuring your router goodbye. The N1 Vision offers a true plug-and-play "CD-less" installation and simple network security set-up. No confusing manuals to follow, no endless CD wizards. Simply plug the router in, follow the on-screen commands, and you'll be connected in no time.

Once your computers are online, its time for the N1 Vision to shine. Instead of the uninformative and confusing blinking lights that you've struggled to decipher all these years, the N1 has an easy-to-read LCD display that tracks your upstream and downstream speeds; logs your bandwidth; displays date, time, and network access info; and also shows you what devices are connected and how much bandwidth each one is using. Do you suspect that your child is spending his or her "homework time" downloading videos? Or that one of your roommates is eating up all your bandwidth? The N1 knows--and shows--all. The monochrome display offers a virtual "Download and Upload Speedometer" that gives you all the information you need.

802.11n: The Latest in Wi-Fi Performance
Featuring Wireless-N, the very latest standard in wireless networking technology, the N1 Vision will vastly increase both your network speed and your operating range. At the heart of this router is a high-performance, draft 2.0, 802.11n chipset with 3x3 MIMO, which achieves its superior capabilities by simultaneously overlaying the signals of multiple radios. This "Multiple In, Multiple Out" (MIMO) technology multiplies the effective data rate, and unlike ordinary wireless networking technologies that are confused by signal reflections, MIMO actually uses these reflections to increase the range and reduce "dead spots" in the wireless coverage area. The signal travels farther, maintaining wireless connections up to four times farther than the previous standard Wireless-G.

The bottom line: Under ideal conditions the N1 Vision can give you link rates of up to 300 Mbps (compared to previous rates of 54 Mbps), and an operating range of up to 1,600 feet. And you don't have to fret about your existing wireless devices; the N1 is compatible with IEEE 802.11g, 802.11b, and 802.3ab devices, which means you don't have to upgrade the rest of your hardware. (While the router will work great with standard Wireless-G and -B equipment, it will perform at its peak with other Wireless-N devices.)

The N1 Vision also features four gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as the latest in security standards, including Wi-Fi Protected Setup, WPA, WPA2, 64-/128-bit WEP encryption, and multiple SSID. Compatible with any PC running Windows 2000, XP, or Vista, and Macs running OS X v10.4x, the N1 Vision is designed to set the new standard in wireless home networking.

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use and setup plus it looks great.
R. Murphy
My household has a lot of wireless devices, and we found ourselves rebooting the router several times a week, sometimes several times a day.
So I am going to make this brief for those of you who don't want to read a lengthy review.

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I suspect most of the people with issues or complaints have version 1000 and / or old firmware.
Additionally one needs to use this in conjunction with 802.11n wireless adapters (preferably Draft 2.0 for future upgradeability / compatibility) in order to obtain the maximum benefit out of the router, at least from a wireless performance perspective.

I recently purchased version 2000 of the N1 Vision (check the sticker on the bottom of the box). I have it mated with two PC's with 802.11n Draft 2.0 (2T2R - 2 Transmit 2 Receive) wireless USB adapters (each with just an internal, but high quality, antenna).

I was up and running in no time.
I also had no problems using VPN to connect to my office network.
I am using WPA2 with AES encryption.
For extra security I have it set up with (broadcast SSID set to 'off' and have specifically only allowed my two wireless adapters by entering their MAC addresses in the 'MAC address control' of the router's setup utility).

Upstairs (one room away from the N1 Vision I get 95 - 100% signal quality and 90+ signal strength with a pretty consistent connection speed of 270 Mbps! (not the full 300 maximum but certainly close enough for me). :)
Downstairs (one floor down and all the way on the other side of the house relative to the router), I get something like 45 - 75% signal strength depending where I am in the room. The speed varies between 45 Mbps, at worst (will have to verify this tonight as I only used it one night and believe this minimum can be improved upon), to a more typical 170 or 210 Mbps (wide range, I know, but I only tested it one night and haven't tweaked settings or placement yet via the flexible silver mini extension cable).
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jim Lewis on October 22, 2007
Doesn't seem to do transparent ipsec tunneling over UDP either with Cisco Windows Vista Client or Cisco WinXP client. Switching back to a Linksys router, I get a VPN connection no sweat. Belkin tech support says I have to create a virtual server with an open port to match my work VPN server (IT says no go - it's security violation to reveal the ports they use). Belkin says opening the ports will create some security risk so I should close them whenever I'm not using VPN - what a drag compared to transparent VPN connections with my old Linksys router. A Google search shows that other people complain about VPN problems with Belkin routers.

The product did setup easily out of the box - but don't run the Setup Wizard unless you need it. Running the Setup Wizard screwed my settings and I had to manually undo the damage.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David on February 18, 2009
So I am going to make this brief for those of you who don't want to read a lengthy review. This router is pretty, lots of bells and whistles ont he outside and has a real nice display for easy setup, and on the wired side it does connect at 1Gig, but it does not sustain wireless connections for more than 6 hours, the gig speed really isn't gig. On the G and N bandwiths it has roughly half the range of other routers. Finally, tech support (India) was useless and pretty much kept asking me to reboot the laptop that would not connect, turned out that 20 feet away from the router was too far and hence the problem. Bottom line but a Dlink or Linksys, you'kk sepnd less money and have a more reliable product, just no pretty pictures.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bry on March 7, 2008
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I purchased this product to replace a Belking "Pre-N" router (which is Belkin's way of saying it's a wireless-G just like everyone else has) that was no longer functioning well.

This unit comes with instructions to plug in the unit, type in an address in your browser's address bar and then follow the instructions to set it up. I followed the instructions in detail and they didn't work. When I attempted to follow the automated setup the router would freeze up, restart, close the internet connection and so forth. Each time it would freeze or close the internet connection either it would re-start the setup procedures or it would simply close the internet connection (thus forcing me to restart the setup procedures manually). Finally, I skipped the auto setup, typed in the IP address of the router in the address field and manually set it up.

I wanted to use WPA security instead of WEP due to the increased security. I have five computers and they all support bot security types. All but one of the computers didn't connect to the router consistently with the WPA security. Most would connect, then restart the connection repeatedly. It became apparent that the router had an issue communicating, or that there was some sort ofa compatibility issue

Belkin advertises that this unit connects at up to 300 Mbps. I have a brand new Dell laptop with a Wireless-N card and it would only connect to the router at a maximum speed of 164 Mbps (this is good compared to 54 Mbps, which is hat my Wireless-G router gave me, but it's still not 300). After a few hours though I began connecting at only 48 Mbps or even lower, despite not having made any changes to the router. I tried several locations in my home, restarted the router several times and nothing helped.
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