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(While it lasted), Had Stable & reliable performace, very good signal distribution & a detailed menu for set-up
on November 15, 2012
I am sorry to say that this router began to fail this morning. First it was loosing printers on the network, then Wifi began to fail and not broadcast any more. I swapped out this router for my old DIR-655 and everything was working fine. I then tried the N750 again, even resetting it to factory and it failed to broadcast over Wifi as well as being accessible using a wired connection. It was working fine last night, was fully secured and I haven't accessed any settings or changes in months nor did we loose power to it, etc.
Up to this date above, it worked flawlessly. I believe the internal hardware is the issue. Bottom line is that even with a full factory reset and then trying to access it by either wifi or wired using the default address and password Belkin includes for default as received, (=out-of-box, prior to any settings changes), it's as if it isn't there on the network and can't be seen and I did attempt the same set-up procedure as when I first got it and it installed fine back when new.
As stated, my old DIR-655 has the very same wifi, security and address settings that I used on the NB750 (same SSID, passwords, etc) and my old DIR-655 router booted up and everything was back working perfectly. Printers now work fine as they did on the NB750 up to this morning.
My rating has dropped to one star accordingly, ...and as many reviewers have stated, it is a good router while it lasts and for me that wasn't very long.
No issues once-so-ever nor any complaints. The N750 continues to be our very stable router and not once have I needed to reboot or reset it. We've not had a single lost connection either using our cable modem, zero issues!
Overall performance for our home network and internet has been rock-solid and stable since the N750 was put into service and I then submitted my review.
This router for our household has been stellar and we use it -a lot- for internet, home-networking and movie streaming each and every day/night of the week.
At least for us, the N750 router has most definitely proven itself to be a very efficient and reliable high speed router.
Original review as submitted:
A little background before I offer my perspective on the N750 router:
No review is as helpful as one that's updated as the product continues to be used and often, ratings change for better or worse as more insight about the product comes to light as the hours of use add up.
While first impressions are always helpful, I'm a believer that lasting impressions are by far the best. That said, I promise to update this review as time goes on, as required!
I'm experienced at Macs (10 years) and PCs (25+years) as well as experienced in networking and computer repair, having had a tech background of many years.
I've grown up using B, G, then my previous N+ router, a D-link DIR-655 router that has given me superb service for well over 5 years now and never skipped a beat nor had issues.
I wasn't sure how the Belkin N-750 would hold up against my "old faithful".
The N-750 installed easily and my cable modem communicated w/ the N-750 perfectly to connect. I did not need the installation software that came with the N-750. Set-up for pass-through to my cable modem to set up DNS addresses (I prefer using Googles rather then Comcast's default addresses) and a secured network were straight forward. The N-750 has an impressive menu with a lot of customization, but, much of it can be left at default settings. A guest connection is also available so that users logging in as guests, can only connect to the internet, but, not any other part of your private home network. Shares can be set up for guests if you want to grant them access to some of your network peripherals such as printer, etc., or perhaps a media device connected to your network.
The N750 was installed in the same exact position as my DIR-655 router, that being in my upstairs closet on a shelf that is above the entry door to this closet. All network, cable and modem connections are established here using a wall array of outlets for these services and A/C power as well.
My older DIR-655 has three external antennas on the back while the N750 has 5-6 internal antennas, all in a fixed position inside of course where-as the DIR-655 allows it's antenna to be angled as necessary (vertical wall mount ,vs horizontal shelf mount requires a different antenna angle). The N750 has fixed antennas, but, in it's favor, it has more antennas to presumably allow for more signal radiation and distribution and output (= better reception in the household).
Like my DIR-655, the N-750 was installed in a vertical position with antennas in a vertical axis.
I used a free Mac App to read signal strength and noise levels to compare my old router and the new N750 being reviewed here. My location of both routers is in the very same position (one at a time for connection and evaluation of course) in my hallway closet upstairs in our two level raised ranch home. Other then sheetrock, there is no metal nor foil insulation in or near the closet.
My comparisons of the two routers certainly is not a controlled professional lab test, but, did offer some surprising observations to allow me to find that the N750 outperformed my old router which I (and many owners/reviewers at Amazon) think was one of the best around.
My tests compared my Mac laptop wifi reception within two feet of both routers and then two rooms away on the same floor (about 25 feet).
We have over 8 other wifi networks on our street with some fairly strong in signal strength, so having the 5 GHz (dual)band on the N-750 seemed to me to be a lifesaver to help maximize signal quality within our house.
What I found was quite surprising to me in that the Belkin N-750 outperformed my "beloved" DIR-655 in all of my tests and for the 2.4 Ghz range that both routers were capable of, signal strength on the N-750 was about 30% stronger then on my DIR-655 which has been setup to maximize wifi quality in our house. Noise on my DIR-655 was also elevated by about 15% over what the N-750 signal quality. This may be due to signal strength output being better on the N-750 due to design and having more antenna ":area" to help radiate a better pattern across my house and thus compensate for noise levels in my street and home areas.
In that there are other wifi networks on the street, a weaker router wifi output is taxed in this situation. I think the N-750 was better able to cope with this over-all.
Next I tried the higher 5 GHz band on the N-750 and repeated my "causal" test. Noise levels rose a bit by about 8%, but, signal strength on the N-750 was better then at the 2.4 GHz band that both routers had first been tested at.
The signal to noise ratio of the 5GHz signal on the N-750 was clearly better then it was at 2.4 GHz. I checked wifi band frequency for the other router signals on the street and all were in the lower 2.4 GHz range, with other neighborhood networks seemingly using a single band router and the 5GHz band of my N-750 allowed some room for improvement as what seemed the sole 5 GHz capable router on my entire street.
Mac users can view wifi info using (holding down) the Mac option key and clicking over the WiFi widget on top of screen on desktop!. You'll get all the info including band, channel number, transmit/receive speed and more.
In walking around the house at upper and lower levels (and even my backyard), I noticed no dead zones at all on the N-750, but, some signal drop with the DIR-655 at an extended distance that would tax any router. Signal strength and noise increased of course the further away I got from the router (outside), but, never did the signal drop suddenly due to a dead spot. The N-750 seems to emit a very uniform radiation pattern. The DIR-655 definitely wasn't the winner regarding signal to distance quality. Also to note, we have foil backed insulation in our 6 inch exterior walls. Given that, I was still impressed at what both routers could do when I got outside the house.
I've not done any serious testing on throughput of the router trying to see maximum speeds, considering it is a gigabit router and I am set up for gigabit around my house.
I will say that in doing a streaming of 1080 high def material by wifi (media output was wired to the router and then received by my laptop using wifi), I noticed no stumbling nor any buffering once-so-ever, while in the past, some high def files would stumble a bit using the DIR-655. I tried several short streams, a few being the ones that gave my old DIR-655 some stress in streaming smoothly. The N-750 passed the test here 100%. Not a glitch, pause nor a missed frame. My gut says the N-750 is more robust in the wifi area (especially at 5 GHz) due to improved signal radiation and lower signal noise so to allow flawless streaming of hi-def material without any issues resulting.
My N-750 has been in use now for a month+ (I waited to review until it had some hours on it) and not a single glitch nor need to reboot, etc.. We use WiFi and streaming a lot (Amazon Instant Videos with our PRIME membership). As mentioned, set-up was very straight forward and I did not need any software install to get up and running, Menus are busy and in depth on the N-750 (more then the DIR-655), but, for the most part, quite intuitive to use and navigate around. You won't fall short of full customization and utilization of this router if you do a set up as a newbie or as an advanced network user. Compared to the DIR-655, I found the N-750 is far more flexible in allowing the tweaking settings then my old router.
We use cable (modem) here for internet service (25 mbp/s download) and speeds are consistent to my old router. No differences noted and we are right up to the max speed our internet plan is spec'd at. No issues at all have occurred with the router/modem setup nor other devices sharing the network including printers, video streamers, other Mac's in the household. Haven't had to touch a thing and we've never had any interruptions in connection due to a modem or router problem while using the new N-750.
I own a number of other other Belkin products which have given me excellent and dependable service and the N-750 seems to be another great product that I will plan to use now permanently in place of my old DIR-655.
Have to say this is one fine router for the price and to seriously consider giving it a try. With Amazon, you have 30+ days anyway to return it with shipping included free for your return.
I'm betting though, once set-up and in use, you'll not want to be returning this router. I highly recommend giving it a try.
...and Thank you for reading my review! :)