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Belkin G Wireless Cable Router 54Mbps - £7.99 @ Play
Belkin G Wireless Cable Router 54Mbps - £7.99 @ Play

Belkin G Wireless Cable Router 54Mbps - £7.99 @ Play

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4 Ethernet Ports for Wired Connections
Supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup for simple wireless security setup
Easy setup Assistant and troubleshooting with Network Status Display:
The Network Status Display shows the status of your network. The icons represent each component of your network and show you whether or not each device is working properly.

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Thanks I've been looking for one of these to replace my flaky Buffalo router.

Banned

Very good price if all you need is something on the cheap for a computer or two.

Can i just plug this into a telephone connection and keep my current ISP router elsewhere in the house thus having 2 routers in total?

Carley

Can i just plug this into a telephone connection and keep my current ISP … Can i just plug this into a telephone connection and keep my current ISP router elsewhere in the house thus having 2 routers in total?




you want a switch not router

Not for a telephone input.

This requires a ethernet input, aswell as ethenet outputs.

I have bought one of these a while ago... if you torrent DO NOT get this, it cannot handle many connections, meaning iy will give you slow speeds. I decided to unplug it and keep using by 10+ year old netgear router. If you don't torrent, and won't, then this is fine for normal internet/downloading from direct links.

Osama bin laden is dead.
youtube.com/wat…red

custardy

you want a switch not router



Is that like an ethernet extension? I don't want to have to run a cable from where the router is to where i want a second wired connection though.

custardy

you want a switch not router



Also this is a cable router not adsl.

Carley

Can i just plug this into a telephone connection and keep my current ISP … Can i just plug this into a telephone connection and keep my current ISP router elsewhere in the house thus having 2 routers in total?



It is a cable router, so no telephone connection. You can sometimes configure these as an access point (maybe with a firmware upgrade) to extend the range of your current router, but that depends on the model. I have done this with a Buffalo router. You can get the firmware and info at this page:

dd-wrt.com/wik…age

Looks like it can take DD-WRT (micro version) so a pretty good deal to get a decent router.

You can use the DD-WRT firmware if it's the Belkin F5D7230-4 but the Play say it's F5D7234uk4-H. I hate product numbers. If anyone can confirm that the alternative firmware can be installed on this, that would be nice.

dd-wrt.com/sit…ase

hackable=hot

Can't go wrong for a spare! Thanks

Carley

Is that like an ethernet extension? I don't want to have to run a cable … Is that like an ethernet extension? I don't want to have to run a cable from where the router is to where i want a second wired connection though.



What are you trying to achieve ?

A switch just gives you more LAN ports from a router. If you want a LAN extension without wiring use Home network plugs.

mikeyb

You can use the DD-WRT firmware if it's the Belkin F5D7230-4 but the Play … You can use the DD-WRT firmware if it's the Belkin F5D7230-4 but the Play say it's F5D7234uk4-H. I hate product numbers. If anyone can confirm that the alternative firmware can be installed on this, that would be nice.http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-databasehackable=hot



why would you want tot put hacked firmware on it?
I looked at their website and it seems to suggest it will place advertizements while i am surfing. The sounds like a privacy issue to me

Pablo147

why would you want tot put hacked firmware on it?I looked at their … why would you want tot put hacked firmware on it?I looked at their website and it seems to suggest it will place advertizements while i am surfing. The sounds like a privacy issue to me


I think you may be misreading. DD-WRT and the other 3rd party firmwares add additional features. In this case Hack is used in the modifying sense, not the nefarious.

Yes I want this if I can flash DD-WRT. I love DD-WRT.
Can anyone confirm if this model is supported?

Edit: For £8 I'm going to risk it!
Edited by: "mikeleeds" 2nd May 2011

Pablo147

why would you want tot put hacked firmware on it?I looked at their … why would you want tot put hacked firmware on it?I looked at their website and it seems to suggest it will place advertizements while i am surfing. The sounds like a privacy issue to me



It won't. And if it ever did, as it's Open Source someone would fork it with the ads removed.

I'm useless with computer stuff but we've just got a second for the house, if I got this and set it up would it mean both computers can connect to the internet? Thanks!

mikeleeds

Yes I want this if I can flash DD-WRT. I love DD-WRT.Can anyone confirm … Yes I want this if I can flash DD-WRT. I love DD-WRT.Can anyone confirm if this model is supported?Edit: For £8 I'm going to risk it!



Let us know how you get on!

melbourne1

I'm useless with computer stuff but we've just got a second for the … I'm useless with computer stuff but we've just got a second for the house, if I got this and set it up would it mean both computers can connect to the internet? Thanks!



Not enough information. Is one of your computers already connected to the internet, and if so, how? This is a cable router (edit- not modem). It will connect via an ethernet connection to a cable modem or to some ADSL modems, if they have an ethernet connection. That gives you a connection to your existing broadband service, then you need a wireless dongle or ethernet cable to connect each of the computers.

Edited by: "LongPockets" 2nd May 2011

steve28

What are you trying to achieve ?A switch just gives you more LAN ports … What are you trying to achieve ?A switch just gives you more LAN ports from a router. If you want a LAN extension without wiring use Home network plugs.



I want to relocate a playstation to another room in the house and although I have a wireless connection i would ideally like to take avantage of an existing telephone socket that will be right next to the PS3 in it's new location. I don't want to move my existing modem/router because as well as providing my wireless home network it is hard-wired to a desktop.

oh and inb4 you don't need an internet connection for the PS3

Edited by: "Carley" 2nd May 2011

LongPockets

Not enough information. Is one of your computers already connected to the … Not enough information. Is one of your computers already connected to the internet, and if so, how? This is a cable modem. It will connect via an ethernet connection to a cable modem or to some ADSL modems, if they have an ethernet connection. That gives you a connection to your existing broadband service, then you need a wireless dongle or ethernet cable to connect each of the computers.



Yes mate connected, looking at my thingy its a "belkin adsl high speed mode wireless g router". Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.

melbourne1

Yes mate connected, looking at my thingy its a "belkin adsl high speed … Yes mate connected, looking at my thingy its a "belkin adsl high speed mode wireless g router". Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.



You don't need another router then, just a connection from the new computer to the existing router. This can most easily be accomplished with a wireless dongle in one of the new computer's USB ports. I prefer a wired connection (ethernet cable) but that means stringing a cable which is often difficult or untidy.

Cheers for that LP. Appreciate it!

What's the benefit of DD-WRT linux versions on routers? Why would you do this?

mathewroberts

What's the benefit of DD-WRT linux versions on routers? Why would you do … What's the benefit of DD-WRT linux versions on routers? Why would you do this?



More features
More stable
More secure

However harder to configure.

Carley

I want to relocate a playstation to another room in the house and … I want to relocate a playstation to another room in the house and although I have a wireless connection i would ideally like to take avantage of an existing telephone socket that will be right next to the PS3 in it's new location. I don't want to move my existing modem/router because as well as providing my wireless home network it is hard-wired to a desktop.oh and inb4 you don't need an internet connection for the PS3



You just need to connect your PS3 to router/computer for playing films/media then ?

LAN cable, Wireless, Home Network plugs would be the obvious choices


There is a spec for LAN over telephone wire called HomePNA however never used it and seems less established/fewer products (although its been going some time). Perhaps anyone else can comment on this ?

steve28

You just need to connect your PS3 to router/computer for playing … You just need to connect your PS3 to router/computer for playing films/media then ? LAN cable, Wireless, Home Network plugs would be the obvious choicesThere is a spec for LAN over telephone wire called HomePNA however never used it and seems less established/fewer products (although its been going some time). Perhaps anyone else can comment on this ?



Would this do the job?

sunil237

Not for a telephone input.This requires a ethernet input, aswell as … Not for a telephone input.This requires a ethernet input, aswell as ethenet outputs.I have bought one of these a while ago... if you torrent DO NOT get this, it cannot handle many connections, meaning iy will give you slow speeds. I decided to unplug it and keep using by 10+ year old netgear router. If you don't torrent, and won't, then this is fine for normal internet/downloading from direct links.Osama bin laden is dead.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNYmK19-d0U&feature=featured



I had the same problem with my Belkin router - rubbish at connection sharing, if one user puts it under load everybody else gets no bandwidth

Carley

Would … Would [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FBelkin-Wireless-Router-Transfer-F5D7634uk4-H%2Fdp%2FB003BIEOPK%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1304354216%26sr%3D8-1]this[/url] do the job?




Thats just a normal ADSL Router which would effectively just replace your existing ISP freebie one.

Your looking for a method to connect your PS3 from another room to current Router ? The only options are as described before.

Wireless - Nil cost, currently using (?)
Home Network Plugs - Approx 50 quid for two (or less)
Wired LAN - Cheap if can put up with laying CAT Cable

Not used HomePNA so cant recommend either way and not seen many products

Seriously, what is the point of getting one of these G routers? Can't you just buy an "N" router instead or get one of eBay?

Bought one of these December from Play - expect this to constantly freeze up when using wireless & having to reboot sometimes having to wait 5-10 minutes before it starts to work again. This is with light use with no heavy downloads. No longer use it as too much grief having to reboot, sometimes 3-4 times an hour. Googling this router shows this is not uncommon and is a known issue. If only I knew before ordering.

Chewyone

Seriously, what is the point of getting one of these G routers? Can't you … Seriously, what is the point of getting one of these G routers? Can't you just buy an "N" router instead or get one of eBay?



Probably worth getting as a backup at that price (8 quid). Had one go down before..Internetless for a couple of days...like coming of drugs...X)

Can I throw the Devolo 1408 dLAN 200 AV Wireless-N HomePlug Adapter into the mix? How does this differ in relation to some examples mentioned?
These seem to be around £70 though.
Thanks.

Wolf

Can I throw the Devolo 1408 dLAN 200 AV Wireless-N HomePlug Adapter into … Can I throw the Devolo 1408 dLAN 200 AV Wireless-N HomePlug Adapter into the mix? How does this differ in relation to some examples mentioned?These seem to be around £70 though.Thanks.



Thats a more expensive HomePlug Wireless adaptor. Same idea although it adds a wireless access/extension point with three additional LAN ports.

Good for a 'Hub' point in another room with a number of devices. The downside is cost though. 80 quid for one (from what can see) and you need two of any type to start a HomePlug LAN. One next to your router and another in the other room to connect to

Unless you need a 'Hub' its cheaper to get twin pack single LAN for under 50 quid. Something like faculty-x.net/com…htm (200mbps probably best value/speed)

Note: Never bought from them so cant recommend either way just for an overview/ideas

Edited by: "steve28" 2nd May 2011

steve28

Thats a more expensive HomePlug Wireless adaptor. Same idea although it … Thats a more expensive HomePlug Wireless adaptor. Same idea although it adds a wireless access/extension point with three additional LAN ports. Good for a 'Hub' point in another room with a number of devices. The downside is cost though. 80 quid for one (from what can see) and you need two of any type to start a HomePlug LAN. One next to your router and another in the other room to connect toUnless you need a 'Hub' its cheaper to get twin pack single LAN for under 50 quid. Something like http://www.faculty-x.net/compare%20homeplug%20200av.htm (200mbps probably best value/speed)Note: Never bought from them so cant recommend either way just for an overview/ideas



Much appreciated, thanks.

Original Poster

I have two of these one in bridge mode on an xbox and the the other in router mode.
its a cheep way to make an older xbox wireless.

Chewyone

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/tenda-wireless-n150-router-wireless-b-g-n-for-12-48-ebuyer/931035A much better deal posted by me!


The Belkin has gone up to £10.99 now

I strongly advise everyone not to buy this, my landlord replaced our old one with it and it's terrible! As others have noted, heavy internet usage on one computer results in no bandwidth for all others. Additionally it dislikes iOS for some reason, having to reboot it 10-20 time EVERY DAY as it keeps slowing the speed to my iPad to a literal complete halt. To be avoided!!!

Carley

I want to relocate a playstation to another room in the house and … I want to relocate a playstation to another room in the house and although I have a wireless connection i would ideally like to take avantage of an existing telephone socket that will be right next to the PS3 in it's new location. I don't want to move my existing modem/router because as well as providing my wireless home network it is hard-wired to a desktop.oh and inb4 you don't need an internet connection for the PS3




you are trying too hard.....if your house isnt too old (more than 50 years) and your electric wiring is fine, id go for homeplug av 200mb/s or 500mb/s devices

I use a Netgear XAV101 Homeplug AV device - this is the master and thats plugged into an electric socket near my router and cable wired into a router

I also use a Netgear XAV1004 homeplug AV device / 4 port switch and this is plugged into a socket near my av kit.....all av kit is connected to this device

childs play to setup......would take even an imbecile 30 mins max....took me 5 mins
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