If we have the cheek to call the Internet our Information Superhighway, then the Belkin N1 Vision would be the equivalent of our automobile’s dashboard.
As you can see, I can now get readouts of my network traffic, complete with Internet health reports, connections speeds (upload / download), active list of connected devices, and the ability to grant network guest access to visitors of my humble home. It’s possible to manage the network, without using a computer! As sexy as she is, she’s not without flaws.
I upgraded from my ZyXEL Mimo router, and took the gamble with Belkin’s wireless N which which gives me a realistic speed of 74 Mbit/s on 802.11n devices (Max data rate 248 Mbit/s). Funny thing is, under the router’s 802.11n, WEP wasn’t compatible with my MacBook Pro, so I had to upgrade wireless security to WPA1. Apparently as I’ve read in several forums, certain draft-N routers have problems of this sort.
Mind you maintaining wireless security and compatibility for a broad range of devices can be tricky, so I can’t simply use the highest level of security. Between my housemates and me, we have one MacBook Pro, three Windows PCs, a Nokia e61 (for Pfingo), an iPhone, an Archos 605 and 704, as well as a Roku M500 network music player. So far everything except the Nokia e61 and the Roku player won’t work with the WPA1 security (a real bummer), so I used a secondary router (Sony LocationFree base station) just to serve WEP on the same network.