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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2010
A lot of people have complained about the Belkin Surf F7D230 - the older version of this router sold in a blue/white box. I got the revised version F7D6301, which seems to work just fine for me.

I am replacing my good-ole Linksys WRT54G v1.0 with the Belkin Surf N300 F7D6301. Here are my comments:

* I bought it for $29 at Walmart on Black Friday, otherwise it sells for about $45.
* I did not use the Setup CD that would install a 95MB setup/monitoring program.
* If you have Windows 7, the setup is easy enough, just connect the power cable, hook up the router to the modem and you are set. The only other thing you need to do is to enter the preset password located on a small card on the side of the router. You can later access the router settings by entering [...] in your browser and set up a more convenient WPA/WPA2 under "Security" located in the left hand side navigation area.
* If you are not tech savvy, run the setup CD, it pretty much does it all for you.

I then ran a network test on speedtest.net and Belkin Surf outperformed my old router in download speeds Linksys 12 Mbps vs. Belkin Surf 20 Mbps. Upload speeds were exactly the same 1.85 Mbps. Please note that speeds will vary due to your provider and what type of plan you have.

Then I tested the range performance. I walked outside with my laptop, about 150 feet and after connecting to one and the other, I noticed that the signal strength was "fair" for my old router and "good" for the Belkin. Also, the speeds have dropped significantly for both routers, but the Belkin still outperformed the old Linksys; 2-4 Mbps for the Linksys vs. 6-8 Mbps for the Belkin.

Pros:
+ Over all, the router is a great choice for the $price$.
+ No dropped connection issues, signal strength is good all over the house.
+ I can surf the web even 150 ft. away from the router.
+ The internet speed is improved.

Cons:
- Not that it matters, but the router feels like it is made out of cheap plastic. For those who like good looking/feeling things, this is definitely not the best choice. However, if you don't care about visual appeal, tuck this thing away from the view and let it do it's job.

The rest is up to you...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2010
I bought this router to replace an aging wired only router as I now require a wireless router, (I still required a 4-port wired switch built in too which this unit has so it seemed ideal.) The model I was shipped is the F7D6301 V1.

There is a supplied CD containing a simple to follow wizard to install the router and easily change the most common settings, but instead I just set up the router through my web-browser, (the router defaulted to a local IP address of 192.168.2.1 when plugged in so could be easily administered through a web browser). After checking all the settings, (most were set to my requirements already, I just changed the SSID to something more specific to me to differentiate my network from a couple of Belkin wireless networks within range that had similar names, increased the amount of characters in the WPA/WPA2 key significantly for additional security, added a password to access the router configuration, and enabled MAC Address Filtering so as to further protect against any unauthorized attempts to log-on from machines not within my network.)

I'm quite astounded by the quality of the wireless signal - even on different floors of the building the signal never drops below the maximum five bars, and the connectivity hasn't cut once - I have an XP Desktop PC, connected via the 4-port wired switch, an old laptop running Ubuntu 11.04 with a cheap USB1 wireless adapter, a Vista laptop and a Windows 7 laptop connected to the router via their built-in wireless capability as I write, (with the wireless secured using WPA/WPA2. A previous reviewer expressed problems setting up WPA2, I've no idea why, it works perfectly.)

I am very impressed with the ease and flexibility in setting up this router. The speed, security options and reliability are all excellent too. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to people based on my experience, especially for the price.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2011
1. No Priority Settings
2. Universal Plug and Play Option is Useless

Lets start with the positives. Setting up was pretty simple for me, took maybe 15 minutes. The signal WAS consistently strong for the first month or so. Thats about it for the positive.

Now the biggest problem I had with this router is its completely useless for gaming, worse, it prevents it.
I hooked it up to my XBox and tried to play some CoD. However I couldn't connect to any games because my NAT settings were automatically set to STRICT. I looked up the problem online and found that I need to change the NAT settings on the router.

Attempt 1.
The problem? This router doesn't have a NAT setting option.
Attempt 2.
I then saw that it had a Universal Plug and Play option. However, even enabling UPnP did NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING to help with the NAT settings.
Attempt 3.
I saw that the router at least had an DMZ setting option. So I manually assigned the XBox's IP address through the DMZ and finally the NAT setting changed from Strict to Moderate. Now I'm able to connect to games, however, it takes several time-consuming attempts on the XBox's part.

Now the NAT setting should not affect the quality of the game play, however, I get One Red Bar for my signal strength. (NOTE: No other computers are connected to the router at this time.) You gamers know what one bar means; it means you lag so bad by the time you see an enemy on the screen you've already been shot up and then respawned. This is a router problem and separate from the NAT settings.

So I gave up, unplugged the Ethernet cable from the router and connected directly to the XBox. Now I get the NAT settings to be OPEN and 4 Green Bars. Smooth play, with the Beklin Surf N300 out of the network. I actually wish this router did nothing, instead it destroys my XBox connection.

I have been getting so frustrated with this router that I'm going to buy a new router, of course from a different company. I lost the receipt so I can't return it and I was considering selling it online but I know it will just cause another person pain.

Also this router doesn't have priority or the option of capping bandwidth. So one computer can hog the internet (sister streaming from Netflix) while you struggle to view your emails.

Lately now its dropping connections, even as I type this review. So I'm copying this review and praying that when I press the "Preview your review" it will go through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
I have never had any gadget besides my laptop that will regularly connect and stay connected to this. I replaced my Sony prs 950 3 times, not realizing that the problem was the router. (My friend's Kindle connected fine and that threw me off.) My Samsung S 5.0 won't connect either. Lots of other people have mentioned the same thing. I am going to buy a Linksys now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2012
I bought this router at Best Buy because the Belkin Rep was in the store and suggested it to me. I got it home and the set up was very easy. It am not able to watch youtube, play games or much of anything except surf the net. My daughter upstairs doesn't even get a signal. I am taking this back to Best Buy today. Do not waste your money on this router.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2011
This router may have been good just not for me. I purchased this router from the recommendations of a store clerk. Which I thought was good when I bought it I was disappointed once I got home and
1. Did not set up easy,
2. Would not connect to more than one device at a time
3. Once I called to set it up come to find out I needed 2 routers.
Our house was situated in a way that the device was being picked up in all areas. In the end I gave it to a friend of mine because the store would not let me exchange it. I did purchase the next model up which was the Play Router which is doing better for me than this did.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2012
Needed a new and faster router when I upgraded my internet speed. Purchased this router because of the price and the specs. The router worked really well - until...

One day it just quit. Simple as that. It simply quit. I could not connect to the internet all - I had to unplug my Ethernet cord from the router directly to the computer. Hopped on the phone with Belkin (for over an hour) until it was determined that I needed a replacement. Received the replacement less than a week later and everything worked fine. Until...

One day it just quit - AGAIN! Simply as that. It simply quit, AGAIN! The same issue as before, cannot connect to it or the internet. Having to connect directly to my modem to get internet access. Hopped on the phone AGAIN with Belkin and it has yet to be determined what the outcome will be. Regardless, I will not be using the replacement or this current one I have. I will be going to the nearest electronic store and purchasing ANYTHING other than Belkin. This particular product is NOT good. Do NOT waste your time or money. After two very similar incidents - I'm believing this brand is no longer as good as it once was.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2011
I never heard of a router which didn't allow you to "reserve" DHCP addresses by MAC address... but now I own one (for about one more day). Like other reviewers, I'm having horrid speeds and frequent disconnects on wireless. (Although I'm having them on day-1.) The chip/transmitter/antenna combination acts like it's overheated, or out of memory... or broken. It so awful that I won't even sell it or give it away to anybody else: it's going straight to the busted-electronics-recycle trash bin.

The ONLY good thing is: it was cheap enough that I'm not concerned about the wasted money. But my wasted time, and all those lost connections, those have been infuriating. STAY AWAY, IT'S TERRIBLE!
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on December 13, 2010
I just bought the Surf N300 on Black Friday. I had it hooked up to all of my wired connections with no problems. My wireless setup required a call to tech support. The guy helping me did a decent job of walking me through a bunch of things I already tried, not a lot of help, but he was there. The problem I ran into was not seeing my older D-link g wireless adapter, most likely it is a case of my d-link not sending a SSID to the N300. The older D-link could see all kinds of hardware around the neighborhood but it did not see my new router. The fix is update your wireless adapter drivers or replace it with newer hardware. I'll have to replace my old D-link since it is no longer supported. A new N adapter will also speed things up. My laptop has a N adapter and it works great, and so does my printer.

One thing to remember is check the usage table on the back of the box, this model is the bottom one of this series. I'm using a wireless printer on mine, but Belkin suggests you use the Share N300 if you plan on this use.

The only problem since installation is a couple of dropouts. I don't know if its the router or my provider since I've had the same thing happen a couple of times with my Linksys.
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on February 4, 2011
I've wasted far too much of my life talking to techs from India because of this thing. Had a lot of problems in the beginning and just spent another hour addressing an issue now. The tech support is friendly, patient, and always gets it back online for me, but I would really prefer not having to ever talk to these guys. Never had to before with other products. One of the issues is with updating the system, apparently, if you don't see the update software message, you will have to plug things in directly, download the software, and then upload it. But it never seems even that simple, because anytime I talk to these guys, they make me go to the Belkin page and do all kinds of little configurations that you would never know to do on your own. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!!
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