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Belkin F1UP001 wireless print server

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Belkin F1UP001 is the product of Belkin corporations and is basically a print server. It is an impressive and handsome device which offers a consistent as well as wireless performance. This print server can function as far as 160 feet and offers a great working range. Belkin F1UP001 has two USB ports and it all comes at a very nice price which makes it a great purchase. All the print servers in the market generally have only one USB port so you are at advantage by buying the all new Belkin F1UP001 since it comes with dual USB ports. It allows you to connect as well as share with two other printers. Belkin F1UP001 comes with an integrated wire Ethernet port which helps you to wire the printer directly with a network while you are using the port. The wireless facility of the server will be disabled automatically.

The setup process of Belkin F1UP001 is a little bit sophisticated and there are too many steps as compared other products out in the market. Installation Wizard of Belkin F1UP001 will instruct you to connect with the printer which is attached to all computers which are sharing it. Then, you will have to install the manufacture driver before continuing with the Wizard installation. The wizard will then direct you to setup a redirector for the Belkin port. Lastly, you will have to run another program which you will find on the installation CD which will search for the print server and will launch a management interface which is web based. Overall if you look at Belkin F1UP001 then it is a great choice and comes at a very decent price. The product works efficiently and you can get all your printing done easy and fast. The tech support is said to be inadequate but it is up to the user and on a general basis it offers good and adequate technical support. Belkin F1UP001 has a print compatibility list which offers the compatibility of the print server with other computers. Some claim that the list is outdated and offers very limited options. Belkin F1UP001 communicates with other print servers and you can get your printing done efficiently.

The main highlight of the Belkin F1UP001 print server is that it offers a consistent performance and offers great range for its wireless network. It can run for long durations and offer great durability to the user which is a strong point of Belkin F1UP001. It is one of the best models out in the market and is a great purchase for anyone. It is a good choice even though other models like Hawking HWPS12UG also comes in the same price range. The fact that you can connect two USB is a huge advantage as other products in the market come with a single USB port. Even though Belkin F1UP001 has some drawbacks like an obsolete compatibility list you can have great print utilities and good technical support. If you are looking for a print server at a good price, then you can go for the Belkin F1UP001 which is good value for money.

Belkin released new N+ wireless router

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Belkin N+, without any fancy name, has ultimately succeeded in impressing the audience where it matters the most: throughput performance and range. In the form of a bonus, a limited function of network-storage is offered by it. The only disappointment is the fact that dual-band support is not provided, like its counterparts Linksys WRT610N and DIR-855. The performance of N+, however, easily makes up in this regard, particularly having considered the street price, which is just $100. If having a ‘wireless network’, that too, in the neighbourhood which does not have so many of wireless signals is on the agenda, it’s advisable to go for Belkin N+ over the other routers.

Even though Belkin N+ can be described as one amongst the largest routers reviewed so far, it, in actual sense, has a curvy and an elegant design. This router is made in such a way that it works only in vertical position, with 2 antennas at the top, thereby having made it momentarily taller in comparison with majority of routers. The blue-colored LED lights and ports, located on front and back of router respectively have been clearly labelled. As such, novice users would also not have any problem in having figured out each port’s function and what each light implies.

The CD that has been included with Belkin N+ contains the set-up software which guides you at every step. As such, the router starts running within the next 5 minutes of its setting up. On the other side, you can make use of Web interface of the router for setup process. The settings can also get customized further. Web interfaces of Belkin routers are usually intuitive. Moreover, their layouts haven’t changed since the 1st wireless-N router of Belkin, i.e. the ‘Belkin Wireless Pre-N router’, that was the 1st wireless-N router reviewed by CNET. However, when intuitiveness comes in to picture, web interfaces of Netgear routers or D-Link are preferred.

Even though N+ allows you to connect a USB hard drive externally, it, in fact, isn’t a full-featured ‘NAS server’. You won’t have the ability of managing external drive; inclusive of accessing privileges and creation of share folders-via its ‘web interface’, as can be done with Linksys WRT610N.

N+ is accompanied with ‘Belkin Storage Manager’ desktop application which simplifies your task of accessing the hard drive that has been externally connected. After having plugged a ‘USB hard drive’ in to the router, BSM application goes on to take around 10 seconds for detecting it and creating a network-drive mapped in to it. Remember that any of the computers in network which have BSM application installed within them have complete access to 100% content of the hard drive. If you happen to shut down this application, mapped drive would get disconnected.

There is also an option of accessing the storage by making use of router’s IP address without installing BSM application available. Novice users, however, are advised to have stuck to usage of desktop application.