EDITOR’S CHOICE: Belkin N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router Review

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 Status

Belkin N750 Status

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 LAN Settings

Belkin N750 LAN Settings

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 Wireless Setup

Belkin N750 Wireless Setup

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 Guest WiFi

Belkin N750 Guest WiFi

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 Self Healing

Belkin N750 Self Healing

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!

Comments

  1. Alex says

    I read this review and was excited to setup this router on my home network. Based on the review and how the editor said that the router handled all of Livid Lobster’s networking, I figured that it could handle a home network. I was wrong. This review only tells the positives of this router and doesn’t tell its drawbacks.

    The Drawbacks
    1. No DHCP reservations with auto DHCP. You can only reserve IP addresses with Static option. Therefore, any new devices that come into your network, you’ll have to configure with the N750.
    2. No support for Apple Bonjour services. (This is needed for Airplay or Airprint services that iOS devices and Apple TV use to communicate)
    3. No support for IPV6
    4. The self healing feature is there for a reason. Because the router needs reset after a couple days of use. This should not be required with a solid wireless router.
    5. Won’t power two bus-powered external hard drives.
    6. Can’t adjust wireless transmit power.
    7. Lacks port range forwarding.

    After this review of the N750, I will carefully research products outside of the GeekBeat staff.

    • Profile photo of John P. says

      Alex,

      You’re asking a lot of a $99 product. You could buy a $4,000 Cisco router and it would not do everything that you listed here, much less everything I listed previously in the review.

      You should always research products carefully before buying them, but everything I mentioned that it does above, it does well. So if those features were what you needed, you’d be good.

      By the way, I don’t know anyone who needs IPv6, DHCP reservations, port range forwarding, or even wireless power adjustments in a SOHO environment. And I plugged in two hard drives and verified that both are indeed powered. So you might have one with an issue, especially if yours required a reset after 2 days of use, because ours does not.

      Cheers,

      John P.

      • Anonymouse says

        I am a home user, and though I do not need IPv6, I do need DHCP reservations for such things as network printers, cameras, picture frames, etc. I also need port range forwarding for IP phones and online gaming.

        By contrast, every home router should have that self healing feature that lets you schedule a reboot of the router.

  2. Edgar Perez says

    I have one. Bought it a few weeks ago. Had to move files from an old laptop to a new one and wanted gigabit eithernet so figured just replacing my working router with this one to get the gb was in order. First thing I wanted to point out is I actually set the self healing to run every night. Why not if it is going to do it while I am sleeping. i noticed signal strength does not always show strong, even with my MBA sitting right next to it the 5ghz shows only 80%. Still performs fine however.

    Buying the router highlighted the fact that my cable modem was bad. I was getting horrible signal and I kept blaming the router. Finally had Optimum come out and look and they gave me a new modem and now I am getting great speeds of 18-20 mbps even though I am on the 15 mbps plan :)

    Like the USB too. I connected an external drive and all of my machines can see it. Have yet to try the printer but that was another decided factor on this router as I plan to plug the external and the printer so I don’t have to keep my desktop on all the time to print.

  3. Dave says

    Bought this to replace my Netgear router, that went bad, before John had ever mentioned this on GeekBeat. This is truly an amazing router. The setup is fast and easy. I had to purchase a repeater with my Netgear router to extend the range to my upstairs and now that is obsolete. The Belkin’s range is amazing.
    This is a solid router.