Belkin N600 DB Wireless N+ Router (F9K1102v1)

An inexpensive wireless router with simultaneous dual-band operation and a USB storage port

Belkin N600 DB Wireless N+ Router (F9K1102v1)
  • Belkin N600 DB Wireless N+ Router (F9K1102v1)
  • Belkin N600 DB Wireless N+ Router (F9K1102v1)
  • Belkin N600 DB Wireless N+ Router (F9K1102v1)

Pros

  • Simultaneous dual-band operation
  • USB hard drive port
  • Looks good

Cons

  • Sluggish in our Wi-Fi tests
  • Web interface is slow
  • No Gigabit

Bottom Line

The Belkin N600 was a breeze to set up and it was reliable throughout our test period. It was a little sluggish in our wireless transfer tests, and its Web interface is slow, but it was fine for high-def video streaming and the chances are you won't have to use its Web interface often anyway. It's well worth considering for a simple home network.

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  • N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router 149.60

Belkin has given its N600 DB Wireless N+ Router (F9K1102v1) a new look that's glossy and perhaps a little more suited to lounge rooms than the PlayMax models before it. It has a slim profile that flares towards the rear and it doesn't have an overabundance of bright LEDs — just one main blue LED indicator. It's a wireless router that offers simultaneous dual-band operation, good range and hard drive sharing features for a very reasonable price, but it does have some downsides. Mainly, it has a slow Web interface and its wireless transfer speeds didn't hit all the speed marks we were expecting. One thing we can say though: it was reliable.

We used this router for two weeks in our test environment and it proved to be a reliable performer. It didn't unexpectedly restart and our iiNet Internet connection never dropped out. As the N600 DB Wireless N+ doesn't have a built-in modem, we connected the little Billion BiPAC 5200S RD ADSL2+ modem for our tests. It was a match-up that worked well for us and setting it all up was easy.

Installation and ease of use

You can set up this Belkin either by attaching it to you computer with an Ethernet cable (the router has a 100Mbps switch), or by connecting to it wirelessly. You don't have to worry about the router being exposed to intruders when you first switch it on because it comes with a pre-configured SSID (wireless network name) and has WPA/WPA2 password encryption enabled. These details are printed on a card that's supplied with the router and they make the set up procedure a breeze if you're a laptop user.

If you've never set up a wireless router before, you can use the supplied installation CD-ROM to get started. This has a wizard that shows you all the physical connections that need to be made, and it then asks you to enter the wireless network credentials from the printed card. Assuming you've made all the correct physical connections, it then asks you to enter your ISP username and password and connects you to the Internet. This process takes a few minutes (which felt like eternity to this reviewer) but the reason for the long wait is that Belkin installs management software for the router on your computer in the background. It's called Belkin Router Monitor.

Once the set up has completed, you can use Belkin Router Monitor to log in to the router's Web interface and perform advanced functions (such as port forwarding) or to personalise the SSID and password encryption. The Web interface itself has the same layout as previous Belkin routers we've tested, including the PlayMax F7D4401au. (Incidentally, we'll take the time here to mention that since Belkin released an updated firmware for the F7D4401au, it has addressed the reliability issues we saw in our initial review. We have been using it non-stop for weeks and it has been fast and reliable.) However, the N600's is a slow interface in which a change to almost any setting (including the SSID and password) can take at least 40sec to be implemented. Furthermore, the SSID and security settings are not on the same page, which is inconvenient. You can change the 2.4GHz and 5GHz settings from the same page though.

Wireless performance

In our speed tests, the Belkin N600 wasn't overly impressive. In our 2m tests, the router recorded a file transfer rate of 6.97 megabytes per second (MBps) using the 2.4GHz network and 7.07MBps using the 5GHz network. We expected results closer to 9MBps considering what Netgear's N600 (no relation to the Belkin) and Linksys' E3000 recorded from that distance. The Belkin's performance was reliable though. From 10m away, it recorded similar results to the 2m tests: 6.65MBps using the 2.4GHz network and 6.04MBps using the 5GHz network. These are still slower results than we were expecting but we were nevertheless able to use either of these networks for effective video streaming.

In our test environment, we were able to stream high-definition video smoothly up to 15m away using the 5GHz network. The 2.4GHz network also proved to be effective at video streaming from this distance, although it wasn't as reliable as the 5GHz network. We tested in an environment surrounded by many other 2.4GHz networks. A usable signal for Web browsing was achieved up to around 37m away, which is similar to what we have been able to accomplish with other routers. These results will vary depending on your own environment, but compared to other routers we have seen, the Belkin puts up a decent showing as far as distance is concerned.

USB storage

The Belkin N600 has a built-in powered USB port that can be used to share an external hard drive across your network. This drive can be accessed simply by browsing your network and it will appear just like any other network drive. It's not as extensive as the ReadySHARE feature in the Netgear N600, and there are no management features for the USB port in the Web interface (only in Belkin's Router Monitor software).

You can copy files to and from an attached disk, it can be accessed simultaneously by multiple users and its performance is good enough to allow high-definition video files to stream off it. Devices on your network that support DLNA will be able to see the drive and stream any media files that are on it. If you use Belkin's Router Monitor software, you can also schedule back ups to be performed to your attached USB disk.

Conclusion

For what you pay (without having to shop around for a deal), the Belkin N600 is quite good value, but we can't help but feel that it should have a Gigabit Ethernet switch; after all, the Linksys E3000 can be purchased for around the same price or lower if you shop around and that model includes Gigabit. We also wish the Belkin performed faster in our wireless transfer tests, and that its Web interface was quicker. Nevertheless, we are very pleased with its reliability during our two-week test period and its simultaneous dual-band operation worked well. Parents might be interested in knowing that it also includes a URL keyword filter.

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Ken Williams

1

I am a 70 year old, struggling to catch up with new technology, and have a need for a wireless ADSL2+modem router. I curently use a NetComm NB5 non wireless model. A retail store I went into today suggested I purchase a D-Link DSL-2750B, currently on sale for $95 (normally $145). A discount of this magnitude obviously makes me a little suspicious, but maybe it's okay.

My reason for purchasing a wireless modem router is that I recently purchased a new Sony Smart TV, and to take advantage of the special Sonly bonus applications, I need a wireless modem.

Am I on the right track with the D-Link product? I not, can you suggest a better alternative, please.

Regards...Ken

Joy

2

The Belkin N600DB is absolutely useless. I had a previous Belkin N router which was a constant source of trouble. Call me a slow learner, but I replaced it with another more expensive Belkin router. It disconnects multiple times per day, has previously been able to be reset, even thought this is frustrating and time-wasting. Now I have to re-install it several times per day to get any function. DON'T BUY ONE!!!!

Danny

3

Belkin N600DB sucks.
I will never buy another Belkin.
Thinking of getting a refund for my current one.

KingConnought

4

I have said Belkin N600DB and love it! No problems whatsoever! I cant praise it enough.

Prasad

5

>This drive can be accessed simply by browsing your network and it will appear just like any other network drive.
This makes me think if this will work with tables PCs (iPad) & smart phones ?

I have seen the D-Link providing web interface to USB connected external hard disk.

Jack The Builder

6

I have a belkin N600 DB and a seagate external harddrive. I want to access the hard drive wirelessly over the network. How do I set up this?

Henry

7

I have had my Belkin n600db for about 6months now it has worked flawlessly i got the cheaper version for my parents the n450 & that modeled sucked after only one month

Chop

8

I bought it also. My PS3 signal is always at 60-76%!!!

scott silvers

9

Jack the Builder - I too had to figure this out. Out of the box, an external hard drive will be seen as only a media server. To get an external hard drive to function as a hard drive, via Belkin's usb port, you need to go to Belkin's site and download this: USBPrintAndStorageCenter_V120_130111.exe. It's a bit of an easter egg hunt to find on their site, but this download will allow your network to see the External Hard drive as a dumb "hard drive". Once you install this item, drag the icon to your start menu (win 7) so when you crank up your computer, you double click on the the icon shown in your start menu, then double click on the "double click to browse" on the Belkin pop-up window, and you'll be able to see the contents of the hard drive and do all your hard drive stuff.

chris

10

the belkin n600 DB is very bad it disconnects often

johns oasis

11

can the Belkin m600 got the port forward function?

Bruce H.

12

Found the Belkin N600 to be very reliable for over 6 mths now. Very pleased with it.

Ken

13

it can port forward

paule

14

bought a sony experia z recently cannot connect to my belkin n600 router. anyone have this
experience. by the way experia will connect with belkin ac1200 ac.

Andrew jones

15

I have owned a belkin n600 now for about two months. For me it has worked flawlessly. I upgraded from a netgear range max wndr3300. I was very displeased. with the net gear, because of constant loss of signal with my tablets, Constant loss of network printing which made me have to reinstall printer drivers on some laptops, and many other issues including dropping of wireless signal and poor range.
I have been happy to say that all 3 levels of my house are covered with full signal and i have not had one drop issue yet. The belkin ware to get into your router is generic and sluggish, but that is noy a big deal breaker for me. Bought this router on sale at walmart for 55.00 and is worth every penny
4.5 out of 5 i would rate this

Josh

16

I've seen so many negative comments on the Belkin n600. I'm not sure why. Maybe just the fact that a few people who have bad experiences are more likely to post negative reviews than a lot of people who have satisfactory or outstanding experiences. I bought one to replace a TrendNet that finally burned out after over 4 years of service. The Belkin has been seamless. It has been in service for over 6 months and have only had to reset the router when my sketchy Comcast internet signal drops. Sometimes the router will pick it back up, sometimes it won't. I'm still not putting that on the router since my last router performed the same when the broadband modem dropped my signal. I would give the Belkin 5/5 stars. I bought one recently to replace my mother in laws old Linksys-g router. The interface is super easy, the port forwarding and security options are easily set and the signal quality is much better than mentioned above. A gigabit switch would have been nice, but for the price (<$40US on black friday), I would not expect gigabit speed.

Mantas (Lithuania)

17

I have Belkin N600DB and newer buy this like router again. Question why ?
1. Using torrents he use all connection to one person and another people who uses internet playing games HAVE MEGA LAGS and web pages wont opens.
2. One great thing only.... Site control if you have kids they wont open Porn sites because Belkin N600DB have site control function (we can say more simple) from all bad web sites.
3. Interface looks good. But you buying this functionality , he must serve you. Not how it looks good in side software or out side hardware. I hope you not gay :D

In summary. You can buy for this money beter. Than this crap. :) I just trowed to container my Belkin buyed ASUS RT-AC68U this thing worfh this money and DONT LAGS any more work good playing and downloading torrent same time. Have Perfect wifi range and speed.

KEN BROWN

18

Hi folks, I have been trying to find out the best or simplest way to connect 2 or more devices on the USB PORT of a Belkin n600 db router. At this time I have my non wireless printer on the USB port and that works well. I would like to add an external drive also. I am using the Print & storage software. I am not sure if I need a USB splitter of some kind or a USB hub. I was told that it can be done more than once but I can not find any info pertaining to it.

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Mantas (Lithuania)

1.0

1

Pros
Looks good, Site control from bad sites (its for who have kids), good Support
Cons
Wery Slow, not flexible interface.
• • •

I have Belkin N600DB and newer buy this like router again. Question why ?
1. Using torrents he use all connection to one person and another people who uses internet playing games HAVE MEGA LAGS and web pages wont opens.
2. One great thing only.... Site control if you have kids they wont open Porn sites because Belkin N600DB have site control function (we can say more simple) from all bad web sites.
3. Interface looks good. But you buying this functionality , he must serve you. Not how it looks good in side software or out side hardware. I hope you not gay :D

In summary: Dont waste money for this Router.
You can buy for this money beter. Than this crap. :) I just trowed to container my Belkin buyed ASUS RT-AC68U this thing worfh this money and DONT LAGS any more work good playing and downloading torrent same time. Have Perfect wifi range and speed.

Get Bent

0.0

2

Pros
Nothing
Cons
Connection drops, extremely slow file transfers.
• • •

Set this router up easy enough and kept the g and n enabled since not everything is n in my life yet.

Router will at random drop its internet connectivity. All computers and devices connected cant get out to the internet. Power cycling the router solves the issue but it should not be required.

File transfer over the n network from one computer to another both using n is EXTREMELY SLOW. I get, at best, 2mb/s transfer rate. That's pathetic.

Streaming video content from wireless n computer to any media device (xbox 360, ps3, blu-ray and smart TV) is a hit or miss. Some stream fine. Some will pause/glitch for a few second. Some will not play at all because the data is not streaming through fast enough to keep the video playing properly. Try another media file and it plays fine. Go back to the one that had issues and the issue persists. Copy the problematic file to a USB drive or burn it and it'll play perfectly.

I would NEVER recommend this router to anybody. I've done hours of troubleshooting and updating drivers/firmware and it still sucks. Waste of money.

david carlson

5.0

3

Pros
Works great, easy set up
Cons
nada
• • •

I have been using this router for 1 month. Easy set up, fast firmware update, zero issues connecting to Roku box, desktop (both wired) and 3 different tablets and 3 different laptops (wirelessly). Wireless printing is a great bonus with so many computers in the house. Good coverage all around the house also via the wifi. Really nothing to dislike about this

So far only one reset has been required, and that was after the power "blinked" twice in a two minute period. Pulled the power, plugged it back in and 30 seconds later was working again.

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