July 13, 2011
- Dual-band Wireless-N+
- Gigabit Ethernet ports
- USB networking for printers or storage
- Good performance
- No WEP support
- No IPv6 support
The Belkin N750 DB is a wireless dual-band N+ router that uses the less crowded and speedier 5GHz spectrum and has a unique, stylish look. It also has gigabit Ethernet, two USB ports for networking storage space or printers as well as some great networking features.
The Belkin N750 has a tall-design that has a shiny, black exterior. It has a light base, which actually caused it to tip over on us a few times while we were testing it out. While it has quite a unique design, most people should like it and it should easily fit into any computer setup.
On the backside, there are four Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN networking, one WAN port for the Internet connection and two USB 2.0 ports for either storage devices or printers. We do recommend that if you use external hard drives, make sure to get ones that plug into an external power source because we had some issues with the router providing adequate power to them, especially if two were being used.
From the factory, the Belkin N750 DB router has two wireless networks setup, configured and encrypted: one in the 2.4GHz and the other in the 5GHz band. Both networks have their assigned names and encryption keys printed on a label on the router's body. You can either choose to leave these settings as they are or you can customized them yourself.
To customize the router's settings, just go to 192.168.2.1 and the router's Web-based configuration utility will load in your Web browser (by default, the login password is blank, so be sure to change it right from the start). If you prefer, you can also install the Belkin Router Manager software onto your computer for more easier setup if you aren't an experienced user. This software will also guide you in setting up a networked printer and mapping any attached hard drives to your computer for use.
If you choose to attached one or two external hard drives to the Belkin N750 DB router, you have to share the storage space across all connected users on the network. You cannot, unfortunately, restrict access to the storage space by LAN IP address or even put in place a password. You can, however, set a computer as a "guest" and only give it access to the Internet and not an attached USB printer or storage device.
We experienced no issues printing to a networked USB printer or accessing attached storage, but novice users will want to use the software to configure this otherwise you will have to do it via traditional device and file networking, which can get confusing and problematic.
We were disappointed to see that the router did not support IPv6, which is the newest Internet Protocol that will replace the ailing IPv4 protocol. While this isn't a big issue, it still is a disappointment, but it might be added by a future firmware update if Belkin chooses to do so. Also, there is no support for WEP wireless encryption, which leaves out many older wireless clients and devices. While WEP is not considered to be as secure as WPA or WPA2 encryption, it should still support it for backwards capability if needed.
There is also a basic access control to restrict Internet access for specific computers on the network. For users who run a server, either for running a Web site or a game server, there is a designated Server mode.
The Belkin N750DB also supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), which allows any WPS-supported device to automatically connect to the network within a 2-minute window after the WPS button is pressed on the front of the unit. This make connecting a new device to the network a breeze because it forgoes the need to know the wireless encryption key.
The Belkin N750DB comes with a two-year warranty and toll-free phone support 24/7 from Belkin themselves.