I have been writing about pseudo-draft11n routers as Cisco arrived it on its now-discontinued Link sysWRT100 and its WRT110 replacement. The basic premise of theseproducts is to bring single-stream draft 802.11n hardware thatpresently can not be Wi-Fi Certified for Draft 802.11n and promote itas 802.11b/g compliant .


The rub arrives when manufacturers evenpromote these products like supplying few sort of enhancedperformance over 802.11b/g. First, they supply no performanceenhancement when applied with 802.11b/g clients, later they must fallrear to standard b/g protocols when communicating with those clients.But more importantly, since single-stream routers are not realized inthe 802.11n specification and the Wi-Fi Alliance presently would notcertify them they are not guaranteed to work on Certified draft802.11n clients.


NETGEAR has even sprang on the "N150"bandwagon on itsWNR1000, but is not selling a companion N150 clientcard. D-Link has a "Wireless 150" router "comingsoon", but even does not have a companion adapter. I requireCisco to finally as well jump on the bandwagon with few kind ofsingle-stream router, while they likely will apply a differentmarketing term because, considerably, they are Cisco.

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Belkin, still, has decided to boldly gowhere no one else will and has both its N150 Wireless Router andcompanion N150 USB adapter on store shelves. Thus as well while I donot approve of any of these "G plus", "N minus"or whatever you need to call them Franken routers, I decided toacquire Belkin's version in for review to watch how it performs onregular 802.11g and draft 11n products.


The N150's no-frills front panel, onmerely the series of back lit icons applied in Belkin's revampedrouter line. Note that none of the icons blink to indicate activity.The rear panel layout does not have link/activity indicators on eachof the auto MDI / MDI-X 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, either. If youenjoy to wall-mount your router, then you will require to build alittle wall-mounted shelf for the N150. There are no screw mountingslots and I could not remove the base without fear of breaking itoff. Even note that the single antenna is external and moveable, butnot upgradeable.