A few weeks ago Belkin sent us their brand new N750 Wireless router. Normally I’d have put this router on a bench, or taken it to the house, to test it out.
But after looking at the mind-boggling list of features I took a leap of faith and swapped it right into our main network here at Livid Lobster HQ – something I’m certain Belkin never considered in their use case testing.
The Belkin N750 Wireless Router In the Network
Our office network is considerably more extensive than an average office, consisting of a 24 port Gig-E network switch, a whole slew of wired PCs, several Gig-E NAS devices running dual Gig-E iSCSI, wired and wireless printing, a VoIP phone system, and several laptops, tablets and smart phones connecting via WiFi.
Oh, and before I forget to mention – three Tricasters connected via ethernet which live stream our shows each week.
We connected the Belkin N750 into our network directly between our Internet router and our 24 port switch, placing it squarely in charge of handling DHCP, routing, firewalling, WiFi and some switching.
Belkin N750 Features
Let’s take a look at some of the features found in the N750.
- MultiBeam Technology – High-powered signal for multiple devices.
- Dual-Band Speed – Up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) + 450Mbps (5GHz).
- 2 USB Ports – For wireless printing and storage.
- 4 Gigabit Ports – For ultra-fast file sharing
- Self Healing Wireless – Detects and resolves network problems automatically.
- Video Mover – Plays back video on connected hard drives.
Belkin N750 Configuration Options
If I were to document all of the Belkin N750’s options this would turn into a novel, so I’m going to focus on just some of the more impressive features. Click on any of the screens below to see larger versions.
Belkin N750 Status Screen
This is the main Belkin N750 status screen. When the device first loads up (after entering your admin password), you are presented with this summary page.
Belkin N750 LAN Settings
This is the screen that allows you to configure all of the internal LAN settings. As you can see, you are able to configure a specific IP address for the N750 as well as enable or disable DHCP service.
Belkin N750 Wireless Settings
The N750 gets its name from allowing you to run both a 2.4ghz WiFi network capable of 300Mbps throughput PLUS a 5ghz network capable of another 450Mhz! This means that WiFi connected devices within your network can connect at their absolute fastest option without the router slowing them down at all.
Belkin N750 Guest WiFi Settings
In addition to running two separate WiFi networks for private use, the Belkin allows you to configure another network specifically for Guest WiFi access. This means you can keep guests from accessing your internal network, but still give them Internet connectivity.
Belkin N750 Self-Healing
The Belkin N750 will automatically detect and resolve network problems and run routine maintenance scans to give you the clearest wireless channel. In the configuration below you can see that I set the router to reboot every Sunday morning as part of a regular schedule.
Belkin N750 Configuration Screen Shots
Without walking you through each of the screens, here is a collection of them in case you’re searching for something in particular.
Belkin N750 Review Summary
<The Belkin N750 is so incredibly feature rich that it nearly lulled me into making comparisons to enterprise routing equipment. But you have to keep in mind that this device is available right now for only $99 on Amazon.com! Remember, we installed this router at our business location and managed to run the entire office, even with our demanding live streaming applications, with hardly a glitch.
It’s for these reasons that the Belkin N750 deserves the 2011 GeekBeat Editor’s Choice award. If you need a feature packed router that’s simple to set up, and reliable in use, for your small or home office, you can’t go wrong with this big daddy Belkin router.
Do you have one? Let us know what you love or hate about it!