USB drive for printer and external drive sharing
For early adopters looking for 11ac technology, even before the ratification of the latest 802.11 wireless standard, Belkin AC 1200 router offers good performance and robust hardware, although software issues, and little performance benefit in 11ac mode, dampen the full user experience.
Belkin's AC 1200 DB wireless router is lighter on specs, features, and performance than the rest of the field. The value of having two USB ports is severely diminished by the router's performance while hosting a storage device - it was excruciatingly slow when reading and writing files over the network. If you must rely on using router-hosted storage, you're better off with the Asus RT-AC66U, which is also a better wireless performer.
Good mid-range performance under 802.11ac
If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive router that supports 802.11ac, Belkin's AC1200 is a decent choice, but it's not the fastest product on the market. Belkin has introduced some new features that should be of interest to some users (automatic QoS and Norton parental filters), but it still needs to work on getting other features, such as the USB ports and DLNA to work better.
Easy set up, easy to move, bonus night light
I'm impressed by how quickly this range extender was to set up. When I removed it from the box, I saw the ethernet port on the bottom and instantly groaned. I thought I was going to have to crawl behind my computer, grab a spare CAT5 and plug it in just to set it up as a WIRELESS extender. Fortunately, I bothered to take a glance at the instructions, and found that you do not actually have to connect this via Ethernet (though I appreciate that it's an option!)
I pulled this out of the box, threw away the manual, plugged it in, and it just goes. The only complaint I have is that the browser interface to change configurations is not the best, but that is across the board with Belkin products. The downside is that this router is not supported for any custom firmware like DD-WRT due to its small memory. No matter though. Even if the browser setup is a bit clunky, I spent 10 minutes months ago and haven't had to touch it since.
Easy setup, limited features, constant reboots required
If you want a simple router and are not connecting a network printer or NAS drive, this router will work fine and is simple to use. More advanced users with networked printers and NAS drives, or wanting to control internet access, etc. will find the lack of these options frustrating and should look into a brand name instead.
So Far, Living up to all my expectations
We'll see, right now my expectations are a cheap, few frills N router to upgrade my G router and run without issues for 18 months or more. Three days in and it is meeting all my requirements admirably and deserves 5 stars. I will update if it fails to live up to these expectations.
Decent and fast router, with awkward firmware and setup
The hardware seems competent, and its too soon to know if it lasts or dies and early death. So far so good though. Firmware, which is the part of any electronic device that you use to configure and set up, is fugly, and the restart mania make it all the more frustrating. Once you get past all that, the unit performs nicely. Speed and connections are fast and so far very reliable. Range is solid, especially for such a small physical unit with internal antennas. All in all, a solid 4.
Middling wireless performance
Despite looking similar to its modemless cousin, the N600 DB wireless modem/router is a different entity. Problems with Intel and Ralink chipsets, worrying heat output, middling wireless performance and long waits between changing settings mean that this one should be passed over.
Wireless settings change require reboot everytime
The Belkin N600 DB is an entry level simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz & 5.0GHz) wireless router. It has an USB which allows users to connect their printer or USB external drives to the router. The N600 DB can then serve as a wireless print server as well as a media streamer.
Simultaneous dual-band operation
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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