Belkin B5DUK035 Wireless G Router / USB Adapter Desktop/Notebook Network Kit £15.49 delivered @ Play.com - HotUKDeals
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Belkin Wireless G, or 802.11g, refers to the networking standard that transfers data at up to 54 Mbps using the 2.4 Ghz band. It is ideal for homes and offices that require a flexible solution to download music from the Internet or share photos and other files without wired connections between computers. Belkin Wireless G is ideal for Web-surfing and email.

With a Wireless G Router as the central connection point for your network, your computers can share files, printers, hard drives and - via a DSL modem - broadband access to Internet. Our advanced security protects your connected computers from unwanted intruders. You can add up to 32 computers to your network with additional desktop and notebook adapters
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#1
That's not a bad price. The USB stick on its own costs £11.95 at Amazon.
There are very mixed reviews though.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-802-11g-Wireless-Network-Adapter/dp/B0006374PK
#2
I've got a few Belkin adaptors and they work a lot better than the cheap one I had, though that may be because I got this package from play and used the wireless on this instead of the rubbish sky router.
#3
Does this need to be combined with a DSL modem, or is it built it - ie can this unit replace a standard non wifi modem completely? It is unclear from the blurb on the website.

Cheers
#4
I personally wouldn't buy Belkin any more but this is dirt cheap. Heat added.
suspended#5
chris197
Does this need to be combined with a DSL modem, or is it built it - ie can this unit replace a standard non wifi modem completely? It is unclear from the blurb on the website.

Cheers


One of the reviews

Martand
| 17/04/2010 | See all Martand's reviews (8) »
I highly recommend this wiresless router to replace your broken or ancient one or to get a wireless internet connection at home for the first time! Some advice follows having successfully installed this :)
This router is only for cable modems like Virgin and not for DSL broadband like BT etc.
#6
Hi without sounding too stupid...dur is this 4 a BT connection or Cable thanx
#7
quick answer :thumbsup:its for cable
#8
We've had this one for just over a year and we are having to constantly reset it all the time. It's rubbish.

Waiting on a new router coming through the door to replace it :thumbsup:
#9
Bought 4 Belkin routers, 2 have since failed. Friend of mine bought 2 routers from PC World. Both have failed. Avoid Belkin or be very sure to keep your receipt.
#10
Would I be right in thinking that if one connects this to the ethernet port of an ADSL Modem / router (e.g. via an ethernet link over an internal network), it will serve as a wireless access point to the outside world ? In other words would could use it as a wireless "extender" by linking it to an internal network ??
Alternatively, could one use it as a 'splitter' to connect multiple (4) ethernet devices to a single ethernet port on a network ?
banned#11
We've had this one for just over a year and we are having to constantly reset it all the time. It's rubbish.

Bought 4 Belkin routers, 2 have since failed. Friend of mine bought 2 routers from PC World. Both have failed. Avoid Belkin or be very sure to keep your receipt.

These kind of stories are standard for Belkin. I've personally seen two of this exact model of router - my mum bought one thinking it was a good offer, and it was dead out the box. I took it back for replacement, its replacement worked but constantly kept falling over every day or two,and two months after that completely died as well. The Netgear I replaced it with has never missed a beat.

Steer well clear of this router. It may be cheap, but there is a reason for that. And your sanity is probably not worth it.

Chances are more than likely, that it will fail, very quickly.
#12
Anarchist
These kind of stories are standard for Belkin. I've personally seen two of this exact model of router - my mum bought one thinking it was a good offer, and it was dead out the box. I took it back for replacement, its replacement worked but constantly kept falling over every day or two,and two months after that completely died as well. The Netgear I replaced it with has never missed a beat.

Steer well clear of this router. It may be cheap, but there is a reason for that. And your sanity is probably not worth it.

Chances are more than likely, that it will fail, very quickly.

I picked up a Belkin Wireless G Plus Router (no USB dongle) from Play recently. Out of the box it was utterly unusable - kept resetting, couldn't communicate with it, the wired ethernet ports lost connection ever few seconds - literally: every 2 or 3 seconds. A lot of people seem to have the exact same problem (and although I cannot prove it, I have a sneaking suspicion that I was not the first person to use this particular unit)
I did some investigations and discovered that the tiny little power supply it comes with is just not capable of powering the router. It just hasn't got enough puff. When I used a decent sized 5 volt supply the router worked fine.

Moral: maybe yours will work OK, don't be surprised if it doesn't. If you have access toa better power supply that could solve your problems.
#13
Stay away - had one of these and had to keep resetting it every day.
#14
FF99
Would I be right in thinking that if one connects this to the ethernet port of an ADSL Modem / router (e.g. via an ethernet link over an internal network), it will serve as a wireless access point to the outside world ? In other words would could use it as a wireless "extender" by linking it to an internal network ??
Alternatively, could one use it as a 'splitter' to connect multiple (4) ethernet devices to a single ethernet port on a network ?


I'd be interested to know this too, as our wifi signal doesnt quite reach the top of the house, but the house is wired with network cabling (one of the bonuses of it being built to spec i guess) but could do with wifi upstairs too for stuff like the Wii, laptop, etc.
banned#15
cowkiller
I'd be interested to know this too, as our wifi signal doesnt quite reach the top of the house, but the house is wired with network cabling (one of the bonuses of it being built to spec i guess) but could do with wifi upstairs too for stuff like the Wii, laptop, etc.


You want a 'Wireless Access Point' for that, not a router.
banned#16
FF99
Would I be right in thinking that if one connects this to the ethernet port of an ADSL Modem / router (e.g. via an ethernet link over an internal network), it will serve as a wireless access point to the outside world ? In other words would could use it as a wireless "extender" by linking it to an internal network ??
Alternatively, could one use it as a 'splitter' to connect multiple (4) ethernet devices to a single ethernet port on a network ?


A) No, you want a 'wireless access point' for that. It is possible to do it with routers, but you're complicating things far more than you need to.

B) No, you want an 'ethernet switch' for that. It is possible to do it with routers, but you're complicating things far more than you need to.
#17
Anarchist;8947054
A) No, you want a 'wireless access point' for that. It is possible to do it with routers, but you're complicating things far more than you need to.

B) No, you want an 'ethernet switch' for that. It is possible to do it with routers, but you're complicating things far more than you need to.


Can you explain in words of one syllable why it is more difficult to use this than a separate WAP and an ethernet switch ? I am sure I have previously used a router for exactly this purpose and just 'plugged and played'.
#18
tooner
Bought 4 Belkin routers, 2 have since failed. Friend of mine bought 2 routers from PC World. Both have failed. Avoid Belkin or be very sure to keep your receipt.


Belkin have a lifetime warranty. I sent in my one that failed, it had residue from cellotape that I used to keep the router attached to something, and the aerial was broken. When it eventually died, they replaced it with a brand new upgraded router.
banned#19
FF99
Can you explain in words of one syllable why it is more difficult to use this than a separate WAP and an ethernet switch ? I am sure I have previously used a router for exactly this purpose and just 'plugged and played'.


No, unfortunately I cant - as the words I need to use to explain this have more than one syllable so its kind of impossible.

PS if you're 'sure' you've done this before, why ask? And I'm sure if you would have just plugged and prayed a router for this purpose in the past, you would have had much fun with conflicting DHCP services and scopes...
banned#20
hassanm
Belkin have a lifetime warranty. I sent in my one that failed, it had residue from cellotape that I used to keep the router attached to something, and the aerial was broken. When it eventually died, they replaced it with a brand new upgraded router.


Who cares if it has a lifetime warranty? I'm never going to buy a product knowing its going to break, even if I know they're going to replace it.

The reason why their warranties are so good, is because their products are so crap. If I bought a router, I don't want to have to go without any net access for a week or two because I've had to send it off to be replaced everytime it inevitably dies?
#21
Anarchist
You want a 'Wireless Access Point' for that, not a router.


yes, i know this, but some routers can be used as a WAP too, was just wondering if it was possible with this one, since;

A) it's cheap
and
B) WAPs usually aren't.
#22
Anarchist
Who cares if it has a lifetime warranty? I'm never going to buy a product knowing its going to break, even if I know they're going to replace it.

The reason why their warranties are so good, is because their products are so crap. If I bought a router, I don't want to have to go without any net access for a week or two because I've had to send it off to be replaced everytime it inevitably dies?


guess you're not a 360 owner then.

and you don't like kit-kats.
#23
badboybez
Stay away - had one of these and had to keep resetting it every day.


I've used Belkin for years with no problems at all, plus all their products carry a lifetime warranty.

Steve
banned#24
cowkiller
guess you're not a 360 owner then.

and you don't like kit-kats.


Well, 360's are stable now and I've only bought one since Jasper and stability. So no, I didn't buy one knowing it would break.

And I'm allergic to chocolate, so don't eat it at all really!

Buying this to use as a wireless access point is a step too far. Yes, it will function as one, but as the device is crap, and needs additional setup to do so, you should steer clear. People without IT knowledge should just get the devices designed to do the jobs they need doing - time is money, and wasted hour(s) setting these things up is never a good thing.

Additionally, if you do have experience with things like this, and want a device like this, try this one instead:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/201376?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products

DD-WRT compatible, 802.11n Buffalo access point/router. Stable, faster, and with the DD-WRT functionality about 50x better. For only a few pounds more.

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