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Belkin N900 N+ router review: Almost there

CNET editor Dong Ngo reviews the Advance N900 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router from Belkin and finds it the best router from the company in a long time, but still, a little behind some of its peers.

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After the excellent N+ router that came out a few years ago, Belkin has been on a streak of rather mediocre routers, such as the Play or Play Max. But the Advance N900 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ router is a bit different.

This is the latest router from the company and also its first one that supports the 3 by 3 450Mbps standard on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneously. This is the reason for the N900 designation, which shows that the router supports the 802.11n specification and provides up to 900Mbps.

The new router from Belkin share the UFO shape as previous model.
The new router from Belkin share the UFO shape as the previous model. Dong Ngo/CNET

In my testing, the N900 DB lived up to expectations, offering top performance when used with 450Mbps clients. When used with regular 300Mbps, the most popular on the market, it was just about average.

The router's two USB 2.0 ports now can host two portable drives at a time to offer decent network storage performance. Its file sharing and media-streaming features are very limited, however, providing no way for users to customize them, other than turning them on or off.

That said, the new Belkin could still be a great deal if it were cheaper. At $200 it just a bit too expensive. You'll find alternatives on the market that offer more. To find out how the new Belkin stacked up to its peers, check out the full review of the Advance N900 DN Wireless Dual-Band N+ router.