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Interactive Knowing Your Router Guide
The Belkin N+ Router F5D8235 and
Modem-Router F5D8632 offer a number of new features that are new
compared with previous Routers and Modem-Routers. Here is a brief
summary of the new features. All of them have a link to additional
information about the feature with screen shots. The off-line
interface of the products, in the Interfaces section of Pyramid can
also be used to explore the new features.
The new features of the N+ Line are:
Storage and Storage Manager: The
Router and Modem-Router have a USB port to connect USB storage
devices (hard disks, flash disks). The storage can be shared over
the network using the SMB protocol (the standard protocol for
Windows networking). The units come with optional Storage Manager
software for Windows and Mac OS that makes access to the shared
storage easier, but the storage can be used without this software
and from computers running other Operating Systems with support for
SMB, such as Linux.
Speedometer: On the front of the
router there is a 5 LED speedometer giving an indication of the
percentage of the bandwidth currently in use for downloads. From
bottom to top, the LEDs indicate 5%, 15%, 30%, 60% and 100% of the
maximum throughput respectively.
Keep in mind that the maximum throughput
here applies to the actual throughput realised, not to the maximum
throughput of the line. If you power up the router and start a low
bandwidth process, the speedometer will show maximum throughput,
because it is the highest achieved so far. If you first start and
stop a high bandwidth process, and then start a low bandwidth one,
the speedometer will show a low throughput, because it "remembers"
the throughput achieved with the high bandwidth process and compares
it with the current one.
During the router's start up process,
the LEDs on the speedometer will light up in sequence a few times.
Eco Mode: You can automatically
disable wireless at certain times of the day or during the night.
This not only conserves energy, it also adds a bit of extra security
to the wireless network. On the Modem-Router, you can also dim the
The Eco Mode settings can be found at
the bottom of the System Setup Page. The dimming option is available
on the F5D8635 Modem-Router only.
Reserveable IP Addresses: When
the router assigns an IP address to a computer, this address can be
"reserved" to make sure that computer always receives the same IP
address from the router
Improved Guest Access: In
addition to the "traditional" Guest Access that is configured using
an additional WPA Pre-Shared Key, N+ offers "hotel style" Guest
Access. In this mode, the Guest network appears as an open network
on a different SSID than the main network. When a user connected to
the Guest SSID tries to browse the web, he is prompted for the Guest
Access Password. Once that has been entered, he can access the
Improved Access Control: The
Access Control (formerly Client IP Filters) section in the interface
has been redesigned and given additional functionality. Additional
documentation on this feature will be available shortly, you can use
the off-line interface in the Interfaces section of Pyramid to
experiment with it.
Static Routing: You can now
define a number of static entries for the router's routing table.
Most customers will not need to use this ever, it is only meant for
special circumstances. On the Static Routing page in the setup, you
can specify an IP or network address, a subnet mask and a
gateway for each of the static routing entries.