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Belkin N1 Wireless Router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by richardhenry, Dec 11, 2007.

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  1. richardhenry

    richardhenry Thread Starter

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    Hello there,

    I've installed a Belkin N1 Wireless Router for a client, and it seems to go down every night just in time for the morning. By go down, I mean that although clients are still connected to the SSID, no networking functionality (network drives, connection to the Internet) is available.

    This is resolved by hard rebooting the router. Do you think there could be issues caused by cordless phones etc... that cause the connection to go down, without fail every night?

    I've tried changing the Wireless options so that "Protected mode" (a setting that prevents interference from other wireless devices) is on, and I moved the connectivity to a different channel number.

    Is there anything else that I could try?

    Richard
     
  2. foneguy9

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    Hi Richard,

    I've had Belkin problems in the past like the one you mention that have been either the Firmware is hosed up/bug in it, and an upgrade is necessary. Or 2.4 G wireless phones cause it to go crazy, which you can just switch to Channel 1 check again.

    In your case, I would look into the Firmware patch/update. In my experience, Belkin is notorious for these type of issues.
     
  3. richardhenry

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    Yep, changed it to channel one just before I left. I'm pretty sure it was already running the latest firmware version, I'll have to check if this still doesn't fix it.

    Also wondering — set them up with a Belkin Network USB Hub for sharing the printers and a 1TB hard drive (even a mini server would have been overkill for them I think) but I didn't realise that the devices plugged into it aren't shared... they can only be connected to one client at a time through the Belkin control centre that's included on a CD.

    Any ideas for sharing the network drive and the printer? I could share them just through one of the PCs if they had one... but they all run laptops, and if one of them is out of the office then the other clients will lose connectivity.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers, Richard
     
  4. richardhenry

    richardhenry Thread Starter

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    2.4G wireless phones

    Is EDGE networking 2.4G? Or do you mean 2.4GHz as in the wireless band for cordless landline phones?
     
  5. foneguy9

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    Yes, I meant 2.4GHz wireless band...

    "but I didn't realise that the devices plugged into it aren't shared... they can only be connected to one client at a time through the Belkin control centre that's included on a CD."

    I didn't know Belkin had this type of hardware control/connectivity for a networked hard drive and printers. So I assume the 1TB hard drive only has USB 2.0 connectivity or does it also support Network?
    About the sharing of the Printer, with LPT, I have deployed the Linksys EPSX3 for 3 Printer connectivity to an Ethernet connection. Then, you just install the Linksys printer software with the correct IP address of the device and that's it.
    How does the Belkin Network USB Hub work? I need to do a search on it for more info...
     
  6. richardhenry

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    How does the Belkin Network USB Hub work?

    It's a consumer grade product, I just thought it would be more powerful than it actually is. It's essentially a bunch of USB inputs on a device that connects to a network router via ethernet... and then you're supposed to install the supplied software which allows you to select any of the devices connected to the hub and it fools Windows into believing the devices are actually plugged directly into the PC.

    Unfortunately if you try and connect to the same device from another computer, it will simply say that it's currently connected to another computer.

    I guess network sharing from one of the laptops is the only option...?

    http://www.belkin.com/networkusbhub/
     
  7. richardhenry

    richardhenry Thread Starter

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    Yep... the hard drive and the printer are USB 2.0 only
     
  8. JohnWill

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    FWIW, the last couple of Belkin products I've had have been disappointing. I'd consider simply losing the router if you can't get it running.

    Two suggestions.

    1. Upgrade to the latest firmware.
    2. Reset to factory defaults and reconfigure.
     
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    Oops. My bad-just realized that requires a PC to do the sharing. Sorry.
     
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    I minor detail. :D
     
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