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Setup was NOT that simple...
on March 8, 2009
I've been looking for a replacement for my WRT54G only because of its dropouts. I've tried the new Linksys G & N routers and all of them had worse range than my WRT54G.
I read the CNET review about how this Belkin N+ has such range that they overlook any faults.
I spent 3 hours trying to configure it so that it would connect to a wireless laptop sitting 2 feet away. Went to bed and got up at 2:30, determined to get it to work.
I surfed te web (via the LinkSys)and found some answers.
If you're on AT&T (SBCGlobal), and you have a SpeedStream 5100-b (5-lights), you MUST set the modem as a bridge (pass thru) and let the N+ (PPoE) do the login to AT&T. Once I set that - I was in! My DirecTV DVR hooked up via a WET54G access point, My XBOX 360 connected without a burp. My wife could sit in the living room, or in bed with her Pink ACER ONE and surf/email with no problem.
The next day, I unwired everything (while setting it up, wires were all over my desk) and put it all back together neatly. And for the first time tried to get my work laptop to connect. No go. In short, nothing connected wireless. Well, that's not quite true. Everything would see the SSID, and everything reported STRONG signal, but as soon as they did connect, their signal dropped so low that most devices reported no connection. I was about to re-hook the WRT54G and send te N+ RMA.
@ 4:30 Saturday morning, I called Belkin Tech support...AND THEY ANSWERED!!!! Sure it was from India, but the guy was polite and spoke fairly decent english.
When I told him the symptome he immediately had me switch from AUTO to channel 11, and DISABLE QoS.
PAY ATTENTION: Then he had me go to the Belkin website and to the support page - then select UNITED KINGDOM as my location. Put in the model and download the BETA Firmware 1.01.24.
After installing that, everything lit up! It all works.
I don't think the range is any better than via my WRT54G. But I have NOT had any dropouts (yet), and it will support "N" so I'm keeping it for a couple of weeks before making the final decision.
For those who noticed: I have no idea why it worked until I rewired it. I certainly did put everything back as it was during setup, and I tried positioning it everywhere - no joy. I expect it's an intermittant issue that the firmware fixed. - It's working not and I've repositioned, rebooted, rewired it many times since and it still connects everything just fine.