Belkin N1 Vision: A “Dashboard” for the Information Superhighway

Belkin N1 Vision
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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.

You can get the full specs from Engadget, or check out the rest of my photos here…

3 thoughts on “Belkin N1 Vision: A “Dashboard” for the Information Superhighway

  1. Looking to buy the N1 Vision myself, I was wondering whether you’ve had any experience on the speed with only the MBP attached.
    Are the ~200 mbps realistic in such a setup?

    As far as I gather from your post, the network downscales when B or G only devices connect. Is that an accurate assumption?

  2. Thomas, I can’t vouch for the speed since my network is complicated by legacy wifi devices. You’re right about the B, G , N differentiation… the only way to get maximum wireless performance is to get one of those higher end Dual Band routers.

    Frankly speaking, I’ve now packed my N1 Vision into the box and am selling it on Craigslist. It’s so promising (wish the display could show email or IM notifications!), but the software end fails so miserably. The end user experience is terrible, reliability (uptime) is low, it’s not entirely compatible with typical devices depending on security setting.

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