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The Belkin Play Max has ideas far above its station as a plain old wireless internet router. Its extra song’n’dance talents include a Nas service for USB-attached drives, a media server and a BitTorrent download assistant. But all this depends on your setting it up as your main connection to the internet. And I stumbled on some …


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  1. David 132 Silver badge

    Belkin? No thanks.

    A Belkin product with serious issues out-of-the-box? Say it ain't so!

    My score-card with Belkin so far:

    -USB 802.11G dongle - brand new, latest drivers, but wouldn't keep a connection for more than 30 seconds and kept losing the SSID completely. Could have returned it to the store but in the end I just snapped it in half in frustration and threw the remnants against the wall. Yes, I have anger management problems :)

    -ADSL router - wouldn't work with AOL-over-BT-ADSL. My ol' trustworthy D-link one worked fine in its place. Advised the friends in question to a) take the router back to PC World and b) switch their ISP.

    After that, I started avoiding Belkin, a strategy that's worked well since. Your experiences with this router just don't surprise me.

    1. Sooty

      similar story here

      an ADSL router that kept dropping the connection every 5-10 mins, causing downloads to drop out. I went through all sorts trying to get it to keep a connection, before getting it replaced with a linksys which still serves me well 8 years later.

      I have avoided them like the plague ever since, even the shop staff's attitude on the phone changed the moment i mentioned it was a belkin. "Oh, you'd better ring belkin directly, we can't help you with getting that working"

  2. Elsie
    Paris Hilton

    A wise friend once said to me ...

    ... ah Belkin. Don't touch. Ever.

    It seems like this sage advice is still true and that's a shame as if this thing had worked, I would have bought one!

    Paris: As she's sad because Belkn still can't get it right.

  3. Mike Brown

    such a great idea.....

    router with usb. simple, and so so usefull. shame it sounds like it dosent work tho...

  4. Haviland

    Oh dear.

    As a Gigabit switch, it works fine.

    As for anything else, oh dearie me it's crap. Network would randomly vanish, its DNS seemed to query upstream by post.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Sorry to bother the author but and are not sub-nets. In order to convince me of the contrary, he should provide us with a net mask for these examples.

    1. Chris Bidmead

      Missing Net Mask

      Correct, AC. I was using what I hope is a generally well understood shorthand. The net mask is of course

      (Gosh, the relief at being able to clear that up...)



      1. Chris Bidmead

        Missing Net Mask

        On second thoughts, if I SAY and are separate subnets, you KNOW the netmask has got to be Including the netmask would be tautological. So it's not shorthand at all.

        (That's been worrying me all week. :-) )



  6. jason 7

    Belkin...just walk away.

    Ah yes firmwares and Belkin routers. If only.

    I bought a Belkin wireless router last year as I needed an emergency replacement that day.

    I get the router home and set it up. Oh dear performance is terrible. Dropped connections, slow speeds, just awful.

    I send a support note into Belkin (in India...I think you can see where this is going) and waited.

    The first note came back saying no issues and pointed me to a firmware patch...for another router and it was a beta patch at best. Typical.

    I wrote back asking to speak to someone not working from a script. I then got a response back that was highly refreshing...for a change. The person in India responded that yes they had found issues with the router and it was due to the firewall. If you switched it off it worked a treat. A new firmware was promised etc. etc.

    Two years later no such firmware has materialised and the router sits gathering dust at the bottom of my tech junk cupboard.

    So dont buy Belkin...even if you are desperate.

  7. Subliteratus
    Thumb Down

    Never again

    I once bought a nice bit of Belkin kit, a 4-port KVM switch. It was great and worked happily until VGA and PS/2 connectors went nipples-ascendant. In 1997. I made the mistake of buying their 2-port mutant octopus-looking KVM (DVI/USB) switch a couple of months ago (for £80!) and it was the worst junk I've ever paid money for. Seriously, if a company doesn't have engineers competent enough to put together a working 2-port KVM switch, who'd trust them with anything more complex? Pity you only learn this after getting burned...

  8. Kermit

    USB speed?

    I have a Belkin N+ router with support for USB storage/Gbit network, which I thought would be really handy, until I started using it. The speed was hopeless. I hope this version is improved in this respect (any benchmarks?). On the positive side, after a number of routers (other manufacturers) dying on me, the Belkin lifetime warranty might prove handy.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    Good timing......

    I'm glad you've published this, I'm on the lookout for a ADSL router with gigabit ports and I had a choice of three, the Linksys WAG320N, Netgear DGN3500 and the ADSL version of this Belkin. I guess I've ruled the latter out now. Any plans on reviewing the Linksys or the Netgear (hint - send them here, I'll do the review!!!)

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  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Belkin? Just say no.

    In my previous job a large part of my role was to test hardware from server down to desktop gadget and define the company's standards. Along with the other guy who did the same work we had a rule "No Belkin." I just saved us time to not even look at their stuff, it was far too unreliable and the supporting drivers/software tended to be piss-poor as well.

  12. Haviland

    2nd try...

    Well, there is a firmware upgrade which, when applied , calls itself the same version as the one it replaced. However, it does seem to be somewhat more stable (i.e. it doesn't reset itself to factory default settings every 40 minutes) and seems to have been ok for a week.

    Still looking at it out of the corner of my eye, though.

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