Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway Router & 802.11b Wireless
Desktop Network Card
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or DSL Internet account, Windows ME or higher recommended
(router); $74.99 (card)
of Belkin’s newest products in the wireless
market is the 802.11b Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway
Router. The router is only $159.99 and contains
many bells and whistles. When I took the router
out of the packaging I noticed that the device
was light as a feather - so light that I somehow
doubted it could be powerful. (Ed Note: Why do
we equate physical weight with quality?). The
router is also a space saver and comes with an
accessory stand that lets you position the device
on its side.
network setup for this review consisted of two desktop
PCs. I installed the optional network card in one of
the desktop PCs. Make sure you read the instructions
that come with the card before you install it as it
may malfunction with inappropriate handling. Make sure
you follow the directions closely because if you don't
you will run into trouble.
There are a few things to check before you do the installation.
Make sure all firewalls are disabled. I called tech support
to ask them a few questions and they told me McAfee Antivirus
includes a firewall as well which might cause problems. Also
make sure to take a good look at the back of the router for
the stated configuration. If WAN on the router is not lit
up then you will have a problem.
The other PC was connected to my cable Internet service
provider through the Belkin Gateway/Router. If you don't
get it set up the first try don't worry because some Internet
Service Providers including Optimum Online may require a
special configuration. For example, I had to go to this site:
the set up and connection instructions before I was able
use the router. If you run into trouble during
installation, check the Belkin knowledge base or contact
Belkin’s friendly tech support. Make sure the router
is connected directly to your cable modem (or DSL modem)
and your PC. Check the installation guide for the correct
way to make the router work with your particular cable modem.
The two antennas of the router must be up. The whole setup
should take less than 20 minutes.
is suitable for many places including homes and small office.
Beginners shouldn't have a problem as Belkin’s
easy installation wizard shows you pictures of what to do
with your router at each step. Setup automatically detects
the IP and configuration, so little input from the user is
necessary. The PC containing the wireless card found the
network automatically. I was immediately surfing the web
and checking my e-mail.
The router will detect and work with most 802.11b wireless
network cards for desktop computers, laptops and PDAs (such
as wireless enabled Pocket PC and PalmOS devices).
Pro: Belkin kicks butt again by making installation a breeze.
For $159.99 the 802.11b Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway Router
is definitely a steal. It is made by a superior company.
Running wiring throughout your house is not necessary. Easy
setup wizard for both beginners and advanced users makes
installation quick and flawless (~20 min). Using the router
you can share an Internet connection with multiple computers
as well as share printers and other peripheral devices. If
you have more than one computer in your house it can lower
your high speed Internet bill by sharing your cable or DSL
Internet service with all of your computers. Recommended.
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