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1.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished product - stay away for now, August 2, 2011
This review is from: Belkin N750 Wireless DB Dual-Band Gigabit N+ Router With High Speed HD Streaming & USB (F9K1103) (Personal Computers)
Wonderful specifications and great performance, but ....
All below was observed on firmware 1.0.40 (published 07/21/2011) and 1.0.42 (published today 08/02/2011)
(1) It does not have Static Routing for LAN - this means that you cannot assign permanent addresses to devices on your network. If you cannot do that as the result you may not be able to access your devices in particular from internet. Eg. if you have a camera, and you try to access it from internet your Belkin 750 may not be able to connect to it, because it does not know how to statically assign the same LAN IP to the MAC number of the camera. Most cameras may be set to request always the same IP address but there are other devices which do not have that capability. The static and dynamic LAN routing cannot be missing from any router.
(2) Connection of the Linksys (Cisco) E4200 router configured as Access Point (AP, which means it has DHCP disabled) crashes Belkin N750.
(3) Belkin N750 DHCP Client List does not show any clients that have their IP addresses pre programmed on the client side - please note (1) above - this router cannot do static routing.

Otherwise - the modem has wonderful capability of rebooting itself following set schedule. It may help when internet connection stalls for some reason and you are away from home.
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Initial post: Aug 3, 2011 1:21:42 PM PDT
Belkin Cares says:
Hello Just a Customer,

Thank you for writing your review. Please write to us at customercare@belkin.com as we would like to know more about the issue you describe with the router crashing with that specific product you have connected to it.

Best Regards,
Belkin Support

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011 1:00:08 AM PDT
J. Marmo says:
I have a Belkin Playmax Router. I can't assign static IP's based on MAC either. Why does Belkin leave this important feature out?

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 12:03:24 PM PDT
Phil says:
Regarding #3: DHCP is what passes out the IP address. If the device is assigned an IP manually (a static IP) then it's not a DHCP client, and wouldn't be in the DHCP client list.

Posted on Sep 17, 2011 5:42:19 AM PDT
Delta Group says:
I'm pleased to see that "Belkin Support" weighed-in on the reported crashing. I've been hoping they might also comment on this user's report that the N-750 does not support devices with static IP assignments. However, as I'm understanding this user's concern, the scenario of a router recognizing MAC addresses, then "re-assigning" a static IP based on that MAC address seems backwards and illogical. If that problem camera's MAC address is already entered in the N-750's MAC table, then it may have a static IP assignment which is outside of the router's subnet range & will need to be reset to a number within the same subnet (but -- outside of the range of the router's DHCP pool) in order for the router to "see" and communicate with it. If you need to communicate with a NAT'ed device from the WAN side, the router will need to support DMZ. Beyond that, I agree with "Phil Freeman" -- static IP assignments aren't going to appear in a DHCP client list; but there ought to be a separate, comprehensive list of connected devices -- typically historical 'til reset.

I've owned & configured many brands of routers, and I've occasionally been stumped by how to implement or configure some common feature because that device presented (or hid) that particular feature in some way I wasn't expecting. At those times, I might have been better-off if I'd ignored or forgotten how other brands presented that same feature thru their respective user interfaces. I hope "Just a Customer" is able to solve this configuration problem & reports back with the solution. (Would certainly be fine to hear back from "Belkin Support" too...)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 1:08:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2011 1:10:05 PM PDT
fsimmala says:
yes yes it's true I agree with you ;-))))) (reply to Phil Freeman)

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Posted on Oct 4, 2011 3:13:17 AM PDT
Delta Group says:
I've been tracking this discussion so I saw "L. Garrett's" post before it was deleted. I hope that means you found a way to solve your dilemma. I cannot offer more-specific setup help with this model, as I decided against purchasing it after reading other reviews which mentioned poor wireless data rates, despite the dual-band 802.11n spec.

(I selected an Apple AirPort Extreme 5G, which has the 'chops' to stream 1080p content throughout both floors of my house and most of the yard. There are glitches with the embedded server which keep me from recommending it to others, however...)

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 1:28:17 AM PDT
NickR says:
I am not a technical person, just an accountant with years of experience of home networks. I recently bought a Belkin N750 and Draytek Vigor 120 ADSL2 modem as I have recently been upgraded by my ISP to ADSL 2+. The set up all went well, everything working as it should. On the question of static IP addresses, I have simply assigned 198.168.2.2 through 198.168.2.50 to DHCP. The remaining IP addresses are reserved for static IP addresses and I have two PCs plus two printers set up that way. The only issue I have is that I cannot find a way of showing what is connected to my router via fixed IP addresses, only a list of DHCP clients. To do this I have downloaded a little free utility called Fing which lists everything connected to the network.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 10:03:25 AM PST
A. Isari says:
If you want to be able to access certain LAN devices over the internet - you need to use the "Virtual Servers" (Belkin lingo for NAT/PAT?) and assign a static IP address on the device itself... For example, lets say that your Belkin DHCP server has a pool of 192.168.1.2/24 (so first usable is 192.168.1.2 - last 192.168.1.254 - with a netmask of 255.255.255.0 or CIDR /24) - all you'd have to do is statically assign an IP address for device X (let's say a NAS drive that runs a FTP server) - so on that device you'd assign (for example) IP = 192.168.1.50/24. Now moving to the Belkin router - you'd go under virtual servers and check "enable" on left - use inbound port "21" - type "TCP" - and private addres od 192.168.1.50 (which we already statically assigned on the NAS drive itself) - and private port of 21...Hit apply and you should be in business. To access the FTP server via the internet you'd need to know your WAN IP address (www.ipchicken.com) or setup dynamic dns (dyndns.org) - hope this helps

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2014 4:18:20 PM PDT
Vinnie says:
Your product is pure garbage. Please don't mislead people into buying it..
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