Belkin Wireless G Universal Range Extender

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This Wireless G Universal Range Extender increases the coverage of your existing wireless network by retransmitting an 802.11b/g signal across a wider coverage area. Designed for easy setup operation, it works seamlessly with most routers and access points, with the push of a button. When used in access-point mode and connected to a wired router, the Range Extender adds wireless capability to an existing network. This allows you to expand Internet access throughout a home or small office without running cumbersome Ethernet cables between computers.
Quick Glance
Network Architecture Supported IEEE 802.11b/g
Device Type Wireless Range Extender Dipole Antenna
Frequency Band 2.50 GHz
Expert Reviews
Belkin F5D7132 Universal Repeater
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 5, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 1 expert review for Belkin F5D7132 Universal Repeater and the rating is 70 of 100. Click below and use Testseek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Belkin Wireless G Universal Range Extender
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - Sep 23, 2011

The Belkin Wireless G Universal Range Extender a wireless router that can be connected to an existing wireless network to increase the wireless coverage. The router utilizes 802.11g technology with backwards compatibility to support a combination of 802.11g and 802.11b technology. It also has an access point mode allowing it to be connected to a wired router to add Wi-Fi capabilities to the network. The Wireless G Universal Range Extender has silver casing, dual antennas, and is compatible with most routers and access points. It is intended to be easy to setup by the average user and also has WPA and WEP encryption for security. The router has a suggested retail price of $70 and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Features/Specs 802.11g Technology Dual antenna configuration Backwards compatibility Wireless repeater mode Access point mode Easy setup Compatible with most routers WPA and WEP encryption Silver casing Limited lifetime warranty ... PROS: (1) security settings are fairly easy to set up if youre comfortable with network settings (2) compact device, can fit it in anywhere (3) completely wireless, doesnt need a wired port connection to set up (4) works in a number of modes depending on your network setup (5) runs unsecured with no real setup required, almost completely plug-and-play ... CONS: (1) directions are confusing and dont cover everything (2) setup CD doesnt work with many operating systems (3) online documentation is sketchy, hard to track down (4) difficult to reach Belkin support

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User Reviews
PURE GARBAGE
1 Star Review   By member rockerrb - Jun 21, 2008   

Strengths: works if it will connect

Weakness: terrible connection problems

You have to try numerous times to get this device to connect to your wireless router or modem when the antennas are literally only inches apart. It does work if you can finally get it to connect. You have to reconnect it EVERY TIME you reset your modem or router. Most of the time it won't connect at all. It won't connect to my new modem at all! I would give this product less than 1 out of 5. This is a terrible product and is PURE GARBAGE! I have 20 years experience with computers and I have never had so much trouble with a piece of hardware. I am finally fed up with it and have a Linksys WRE54G Wireless Range Extender on order.

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Once setup it works but after a 6 Weeks my unit became unstable
2 Star Review   By Chello on Mwave.com - May 10, 2008   

Strengths: Unique Functionality. This unit can be used as an ethernet to WIFI bridge as well.

Weakness: Not durable. After one month it needed to be unplugged and restarted almost daily.

This unit worked once setup via web interface and static IP address. Worked great for a about a month. The signal was definitely improved in the corners of my house. But we had to climb up and reset this box daily. We replaced this box with a linksys game adapter WGA600N (not the lousy linksys range extender) and connected a 2nd WifiRouter in the remote area of my house. The stability of the Linksys Game ethernet/wifi WGA600 works like a Tank. All our worries are gone. Please note that the LinkSys Game adapter is the cheapest Wifi to Ethernet bridge on the market $89. Linksys does not advertise this game adapter as a WiFi ethernet bridge to the consumer because they want to sell higher end products as Ethernet Bridges and more WIFI USB adapters. The GameAdapter WGA600N converts WIFI to Ethernet you can then connect a new WIFI or ethernet switch/router to statr a new newtwork in the remote area of you premises. I am very elaborate in this review because we have tried and tried to solve the range extentio problems for months. I just want to safe you time and grief. We tried the Linksys Range Extender for $169 and that one is event worse than the Belkin. The belkin range extender does function but is not durable. I hope I safe you time and efffort.

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Belkin Range extender.
2 Star Review   By member rhess3 - Jan 14, 2008   

Strengths: Low price.

Weakness: signal boost is minimal.

This product is OK if you need a slight signal boost. I have a netgear G router that was having difficulty getting to a PC in the basement (the router is on the ground level). While the signal was improved with the belkin range extender it was still nowhere near what I would get if I just moved the PC to another part of the basement. I have not tried any other range extenders, but I think I will try an antenna for the wireless G router to see if that helps.

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Cost effective range extender
3 Star Review   By member zug - Dec 27, 2007   

Strengths: Easy setup via auto-connec -- slightly more complex with security invoked. Strong signal.

Weakness: Some quirks in setup procedures

I'm using mine in repeater mode as a range extender; this unit can also be used as an access point. A small quirk in my own setup is that I have a non-broadcasting SSID with characters inside -- e.g., abc@def. Before trying auto connect, you must of course reset your wireless temporarily to broadcasting mode. When the auto connect button is then invoked, it does find the network and sets up the range extender properly -- it's as easy as 1-2-3. The problem is that when you move the extender or re-power it, it will no longer find the network (either broadcasting or not)-- what happens is that, after power up, it will truncate the SSID to abc (leaving off @def). To fix this, you must use an SSID without symbols (e.g., abc9def is fine). Another quirk is that with both broadcasting and non-broadcasting SSIDs, my device only works if the SSID of the range extender and that of the parent wireless router are different(!). That may be a hardware fault on my device but I am willing to live with two separate wireless networks and switch between the two within the house. In fact, the transmitter on the present Belkin device is somewhat stronger than on my parent Linksys router. The other issues with setup for security (e.g., WEP) have been covered in other reviews. Over all, a good and cost effective way to extend the range of your network.

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Belkin Wireless Range Extender - Works well!
4 Star Review   By member sandman545 - Dec 21, 2007   

Strengths: Compact design Easy setup IF you're connecting to an unprotected network with a fairly strong signal (use quick start guide).

Weakness: Setup is more involved if you are connecting to a secure network.

I bought this product to increase the signal strength in a part of my home that was not getting a very stable connection. I have a 64-bit WEP enabled LAN, so the set up was not as easy as in the "Quick Start Guide." I had to find the user's manual on the included CD and input specific settings in order to set up the extender. This involves attaching the range extender to your computer with a CAT5 cable and changing the network settings to gain access to Belkin's user interface. From there, you can input the network you want to access and password. After setup, the product has been functioning well and I have experienced a stable internet connection with increased connection speed!

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Extend the range of your wireless network
4 Star Review   By member dpsiu1 - Dec 12, 2007   

Strengths: Works. Easy set up for open network.

Weakness: Set up for secured network require software installation on host computer.

This device works as advertised: extend the range of a wireless network. Set up for open network is simple: place it at a location with good signal, turn it on, and it will acquire the network parameters from the router. After that, it appears as a clone AP (access point) except with a different MAC address. Setup up for secured network requires (wired) connection to the built-in ethernet port, using proprietary software installed on the host computer. A web interface would be better.

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Simple way to extend the range of your wireless network
4 Star Review   By member dpsiu - Dec 12, 2007   

Strengths: Works. Easy to set up (for open network).

Weakness: Somewhat complicated set up for secured network. Often requires reset when router is reset.

This device is a cost effective (I purchased mine for under $40 including shipping, plus $10 rebate) way to extend the coverage of a wireless network. In my case, the router covers most of my house, but the connection is marginal in some area and none in some other. By putting this device somewhere before the signal gets too weak, I can extend the coverage to the entire house. Set up is very simple for open network: just turn it on and wait for it to acquire the signal from the router. Thereafter it appears as another AP with the same name as the router but different MAC address. Occasionally, when the router has to be reset for whatever reason, it may be necessary to reset the extender. For secured network, set up requires connecting to the ethernet connector on the extender, and installing software on the computer used for this purpose.

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It just works, but getting to that point will require that you work
4 Star Review   By member dcp693 - Dec 10, 2007   

Strengths: Does what it is designed to do, styling is not ugly

Weakness: Product documentation could be better, tech support could be better

Took about 3 hours to get this unit to work with an existing Dlink DI-524 router. The manual does not make it clear that the unit's SSID and the "parent" SSID (of the router you are trying to extend must be the same). That part I could've figured out on my own, but the real kicker was that when I input settings and told the range extender to connect to the existing router, it said it was connected to the router - even though it really wasn't. My client gave me the wrong password. So there I was wondering why it wasn't working. I finally got wise and had him re-check the WEP password (yes, my client is still on WEP). Sure enough, 2 hours and 3 support technicians later, I figured it out on my own.

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Belkin Wireless Range Extender
3 Star Review   By member Yoksel - Nov 5, 2007   

Strengths: improves connectivity

Weakness: too much hassle when security is enabled

While this wireless range extender does improve the signal, setting it up with security is too much trouble. Also when the signal is really weak or intermittent, it cannot pick it up at all. I just decided to reconfigure my wireless network and get rid of this one.

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Wifi Butt Kicker
5 Star Review   By iPC on TheNerds.net - Nov 4, 2007   

Strengths: Inexpensive. Simple. Small and elegant.

Weakness: Wish they were MIMO.

Installed 4 to date and every client loves them! No clunky software to install or configure. Just hold the button near the main wifi router for about ten seconds then reposition and plug in. It doesn't get any simpler. These and the N1 Vision Router have turned me into a Belkin wifi lover!

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Product Details
Description
This Wireless G Universal Range Extender increases the coverage of your existing wireless network by retransmitting an 802.11b/g signal across a wider coverage area. Designed for easy setup operation, it works seamlessly with most routers and access points, with the push of a button. When used in access-point mode and connected to a wired router, the Range Extender adds wireless capability to an existing network. This allows you to expand Internet access throughout a home or small office without running cumbersome Ethernet cables between computers.
Quick Glance
Network Architecture Supported IEEE 802.11b/g
Device Type Wireless Range Extender Dipole Antenna
Frequency Band 2.50 GHz
Summary
Product Title Belkin Wireless G Universal Range Extender
Manufacturer Belkin
Lowest Price $95.95 from Newegg.com
Power Score 3.5 | 27 Reviews
Networking Standards
Wireless Transmission Speed: 54 Mbps
Wireless Security Features: WEP (64- and 128-bit keys) Open, Shared Authentication WPA-PSK (TKIP, AES) WPA2-PSK (AES)
Ports
Number of Network Ports: 1
Warranty
Warranty Information: Lifetime Limited
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Management: Browser-based
Speeds Supported: 54 Mbps
Number of External Antennas: 1
ISM Band: Yes
ISM Minimum Frequency: 2.41 GHz
Parent Retsku: B000FTLOL0
Interfaces: 1 x RJ-45 10/100Base-TX LAN
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 1
Product Model: F5D7132
Brand Name: Belkin
ISM Maximum Frequency: 2.50 GHz
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Expert Reviews
Belkin F5D7132 Universal Repeater
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 5, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 1 expert review for Belkin F5D7132 Universal Repeater and the rating is 70 of 100. Click below and use Testseek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Belkin Wireless G Universal Range Extender
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - Sep 23, 2011

The Belkin Wireless G Universal Range Extender a wireless router that can be connected to an existing wireless network to increase the wireless coverage. The router utilizes 802.11g technology with backwards compatibility to support a combination of 802.11g and 802.11b technology. It also has an access point mode allowing it to be connected to a wired router to add Wi-Fi capabilities to the network. The Wireless G Universal Range Extender has silver casing, dual antennas, and is compatible with most routers and access points. It is intended to be easy to setup by the average user and also has WPA and WEP encryption for security. The router has a suggested retail price of $70 and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Features/Specs 802.11g Technology Dual antenna configuration Backwards compatibility Wireless repeater mode Access point mode Easy setup Compatible with most routers WPA and WEP encryption Silver casing Limited lifetime warranty ... PROS: (1) security settings are fairly easy to set up if youre comfortable with network settings (2) compact device, can fit it in anywhere (3) completely wireless, doesnt need a wired port connection to set up (4) works in a number of modes depending on your network setup (5) runs unsecured with no real setup required, almost completely plug-and-play ... CONS: (1) directions are confusing and dont cover everything (2) setup CD doesnt work with many operating systems (3) online documentation is sketchy, hard to track down (4) difficult to reach Belkin support

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User Reviews
PURE GARBAGE
1 Star Review   By member rockerrb - Jun 21, 2008   

Strengths: works if it will connect

Weakness: terrible connection problems

You have to try numerous times to get this device to connect to your wireless router or modem when the antennas are literally only inches apart. It does work if you can finally get it to connect. You have to reconnect it EVERY TIME you reset your modem or router. Most of the time it won't connect at all. It won't connect to my new modem at all! I would give this product less than 1 out of 5. This is a terrible product and is PURE GARBAGE! I have 20 years experience with computers and I have never had so much trouble with a piece of hardware. I am finally fed up with it and have a Linksys WRE54G Wireless Range Extender on order.

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Once setup it works but after a 6 Weeks my unit became unstable
2 Star Review   By Chello on Mwave.com - May 10, 2008   

Strengths: Unique Functionality. This unit can be used as an ethernet to WIFI bridge as well.

Weakness: Not durable. After one month it needed to be unplugged and restarted almost daily.

This unit worked once setup via web interface and static IP address. Worked great for a about a month. The signal was definitely improved in the corners of my house. But we had to climb up and reset this box daily. We replaced this box with a linksys game adapter WGA600N (not the lousy linksys range extender) and connected a 2nd WifiRouter in the remote area of my house. The stability of the Linksys Game ethernet/wifi WGA600 works like a Tank. All our worries are gone. Please note that the LinkSys Game adapter is the cheapest Wifi to Ethernet bridge on the market $89. Linksys does not advertise this game adapter as a WiFi ethernet bridge to the consumer because they want to sell higher end products as Ethernet Bridges and more WIFI USB adapters. The GameAdapter WGA600N converts WIFI to Ethernet you can then connect a new WIFI or ethernet switch/router to statr a new newtwork in the remote area of you premises. I am very elaborate in this review because we have tried and tried to solve the range extentio problems for months. I just want to safe you time and grief. We tried the Linksys Range Extender for $169 and that one is event worse than the Belkin. The belkin range extender does function but is not durable. I hope I safe you time and efffort.

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Belkin Range extender.
2 Star Review   By member rhess3 - Jan 14, 2008   

Strengths: Low price.

Weakness: signal boost is minimal.

This product is OK if you need a slight signal boost. I have a netgear G router that was having difficulty getting to a PC in the basement (the router is on the ground level). While the signal was improved with the belkin range extender it was still nowhere near what I would get if I just moved the PC to another part of the basement. I have not tried any other range extenders, but I think I will try an antenna for the wireless G router to see if that helps.

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Cost effective range extender
3 Star Review   By member zug - Dec 27, 2007   

Strengths: Easy setup via auto-connec -- slightly more complex with security invoked. Strong signal.

Weakness: Some quirks in setup procedures

I'm using mine in repeater mode as a range extender; this unit can also be used as an access point. A small quirk in my own setup is that I have a non-broadcasting SSID with characters inside -- e.g., abc@def. Before trying auto connect, you must of course reset your wireless temporarily to broadcasting mode. When the auto connect button is then invoked, it does find the network and sets up the range extender properly -- it's as easy as 1-2-3. The problem is that when you move the extender or re-power it, it will no longer find the network (either broadcasting or not)-- what happens is that, after power up, it will truncate the SSID to abc (leaving off @def). To fix this, you must use an SSID without symbols (e.g., abc9def is fine). Another quirk is that with both broadcasting and non-broadcasting SSIDs, my device only works if the SSID of the range extender and that of the parent wireless router are different(!). That may be a hardware fault on my device but I am willing to live with two separate wireless networks and switch between the two within the house. In fact, the transmitter on the present Belkin device is somewhat stronger than on my parent Linksys router. The other issues with setup for security (e.g., WEP) have been covered in other reviews. Over all, a good and cost effective way to extend the range of your network.

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Belkin Wireless Range Extender - Works well!
4 Star Review   By member sandman545 - Dec 21, 2007   

Strengths: Compact design Easy setup IF you're connecting to an unprotected network with a fairly strong signal (use quick start guide).

Weakness: Setup is more involved if you are connecting to a secure network.

I bought this product to increase the signal strength in a part of my home that was not getting a very stable connection. I have a 64-bit WEP enabled LAN, so the set up was not as easy as in the "Quick Start Guide." I had to find the user's manual on the included CD and input specific settings in order to set up the extender. This involves attaching the range extender to your computer with a CAT5 cable and changing the network settings to gain access to Belkin's user interface. From there, you can input the network you want to access and password. After setup, the product has been functioning well and I have experienced a stable internet connection with increased connection speed!

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Extend the range of your wireless network
4 Star Review   By member dpsiu1 - Dec 12, 2007   

Strengths: Works. Easy set up for open network.

Weakness: Set up for secured network require software installation on host computer.

This device works as advertised: extend the range of a wireless network. Set up for open network is simple: place it at a location with good signal, turn it on, and it will acquire the network parameters from the router. After that, it appears as a clone AP (access point) except with a different MAC address. Setup up for secured network requires (wired) connection to the built-in ethernet port, using proprietary software installed on the host computer. A web interface would be better.

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Simple way to extend the range of your wireless network
4 Star Review   By member dpsiu - Dec 12, 2007   

Strengths: Works. Easy to set up (for open network).

Weakness: Somewhat complicated set up for secured network. Often requires reset when router is reset.

This device is a cost effective (I purchased mine for under $40 including shipping, plus $10 rebate) way to extend the coverage of a wireless network. In my case, the router covers most of my house, but the connection is marginal in some area and none in some other. By putting this device somewhere before the signal gets too weak, I can extend the coverage to the entire house. Set up is very simple for open network: just turn it on and wait for it to acquire the signal from the router. Thereafter it appears as another AP with the same name as the router but different MAC address. Occasionally, when the router has to be reset for whatever reason, it may be necessary to reset the extender. For secured network, set up requires connecting to the ethernet connector on the extender, and installing software on the computer used for this purpose.

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It just works, but getting to that point will require that you work
4 Star Review   By member dcp693 - Dec 10, 2007   

Strengths: Does what it is designed to do, styling is not ugly

Weakness: Product documentation could be better, tech support could be better

Took about 3 hours to get this unit to work with an existing Dlink DI-524 router. The manual does not make it clear that the unit's SSID and the "parent" SSID (of the router you are trying to extend must be the same). That part I could've figured out on my own, but the real kicker was that when I input settings and told the range extender to connect to the existing router, it said it was connected to the router - even though it really wasn't. My client gave me the wrong password. So there I was wondering why it wasn't working. I finally got wise and had him re-check the WEP password (yes, my client is still on WEP). Sure enough, 2 hours and 3 support technicians later, I figured it out on my own.

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Belkin Wireless Range Extender
3 Star Review   By member Yoksel - Nov 5, 2007   

Strengths: improves connectivity

Weakness: too much hassle when security is enabled

While this wireless range extender does improve the signal, setting it up with security is too much trouble. Also when the signal is really weak or intermittent, it cannot pick it up at all. I just decided to reconfigure my wireless network and get rid of this one.

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Wifi Butt Kicker
5 Star Review   By iPC on TheNerds.net - Nov 4, 2007   

Strengths: Inexpensive. Simple. Small and elegant.

Weakness: Wish they were MIMO.

Installed 4 to date and every client loves them! No clunky software to install or configure. Just hold the button near the main wifi router for about ten seconds then reposition and plug in. It doesn't get any simpler. These and the N1 Vision Router have turned me into a Belkin wifi lover!

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Stay Away
2 Star Review   By member scerj - Nov 2, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to set up.

Weakness: The connection is unstable.

This router drops packets like crazy. Expect to reload web pages every once in a while. This becomes very annoying, especially when doing financial transactions on the web. File transfers were also a pain and would stall unexpectedly.Once I removed the router the internet connection was stable again. It was definetly the router.Stay away from this router. It is horrible!

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works well, but requires some configuration
4 Star Review   By member fatmav - Oct 19, 2007   

Strengths: It works as advertised and has been able to work with two different brands of APs. Great price also.

Weakness: Setting up MAC filtering for the range extender function is hard!

The key selling point of this device is that it can extend the range of your wireless network regardless of the brand of the "parent" AP. (Hence "universal".) I have tested it at home and at work using APs of two different brands (linksys and netgear) and they both work with this extender. If you want to set up MAC filtering on the extender, be sure to add the MAC address of the wireless interface of the parent AP to the allow list too. I missed this for five minutes and was pondering why my clients could not connect.

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Belkin Wireless G Range Extender
4 Star Review   By member tracyw1970 - Oct 17, 2007   

Strengths: Price is great and setup is easy if on UNSECURED network.

Weakness: Poor instruction for setting up as extender on secured network.

Like all the other reviews have stated you must set up properly for secured network. I read the reviews first before setting up (like I usually do) and they were much more helpful than any of the documentation from Belkin - because of this I had no problems with installation and had this working as an extender in 10 minutes. It has improved the wireless connection on all floors of our home and I am really pleased with the performance.

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Belkin Wireless G Range Extender
5 Star Review   By member jzaccaro - Oct 11, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to use and setup

Weakness: Poor documentation

Setting it up as a range extender is really simple if you don't have a secure network. I have this program, network magic, that is great for the Belkin F5D7230-4 router. I can say I want to put a new device on my network. The program will, in the background, open the secure network and let your device in. Once that is done, it secures it. It has extended the range that I needed. Kids computer and all their video games are down in the basement. Always had low signal untill now. Have not tried to use it as a access point. Looking at the poor documentation that came with it, It didn't look too hard to do. About documentation, really poor! I went on their website and they had a setup guide that was very good on setting this thing up! Why wouldn't they put it in with the range extender?

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Good enough for me
4 Star Review   By member rnepomuceno - Oct 7, 2007   

Strengths: Low price, setup is as easy as can be expected.

Weakness: The quick setup instructions should have emphasized that the one button syncing only works for an unsecured network, and that it is not recommended.

I mainly bought this for the low price. It does extend my WiFi out to my room addition (between 80%-100% signal strength) where my signal was previously too weak (below 50%). You will need to be able to network your PC directly to this device, which may be too difficult for the novice, but if you were able to setup your access point properly, then you probably can setup this extender.

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Good product
3 Star Review   By member dutchdutch - Oct 2, 2007   

Strengths: cheap, easy

Weakness: can be tricky without reading instructions first

Got this from buy.com, and overall pleased with the purchase. I used it so that I can get better strength throughout the house, and it completes that purpose. Nothing spectacular, but gets the job done.

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Excellent Product!!!
5 Star Review   By member david_qtn - Sep 16, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to use web interface; doubles as an access point when range extender function is not needed; can use any antenna with an SMA-type connector; low power comsumption; generates no noise.

Weakness: Included detachable antenna provides excellent performance, but could be longer

I was searching for a wireless repeater to extend the range of my WRT54GS router, and the Belkin F5D7132 fills this role perfectly! I found it very easy to setup out of the box, and the included ethernet patch cable allowed me to quickly configure it as either a range extender or access point, among other options. This device is very light weight and compact, and can be wall mounted. Compared with other range extenders I could find, this Belkin device is a great buy. The only other wireless repeaters I found available, the Linksys WRE54G and D-Link DWL-G800AP, could only be used as wireless repeaters. The only con is that the included antenna could be longer and bi-directional, but one could easily go and purchase a better one. A helpful tip when accessing the device's web interface, is that you have to manually configure your IP address to 192.168.2.0 or some number between 0 and 253 and your subnet mask to 255.255.255.0, as the device's factory default IP address is 192.168.2.254. Then, open your web browser and enter the IP address of the device into your URL address bar. The range extender/access point's IP address can later be changed in the web interface.

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Bingo
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Does what it says on the box...and more actually

Weakness: Awkward to set up with security and takes a while to latch on.

I was actually looking for a Game Adapter to plug an Xbox into the network, but guessed this would do the job, be more versatile and ironically cheaper. And it was. One touch didn't work because I have security on my Voyager Modem. Makes sense: else enyone could connect to my network with one of these if it had worked, which would be silly. So, turned off security on my network and it connected fine. Plugged it onto my Xbox and I could see if from my PC. Then turned on Security at both ends (via Web interface, easy to use) and lost the connection. It would not find it. Tried again, security off: worked fine. Turn it on: no show. Reset everything at both ends and just turned security on before even trying to connect. Bingo! Seems once it has a valid connection, it's fussy about any changes. So now it's Range extending my Voyager to upstairs, as well as connecting my Xbox to the network too. 2 for 1!

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Excellent!
5 Star Review   By CGrafiks on TheNerds.net - Apr 6, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to setup. Small, lightweight. WIRELESS!

Weakness: None yet

I bought one of these for a client of mine. Their house is huge and has several walls for the wireless signal to travel through, and wireless is how 2 of their 3 computers connect. I saw this deal, and had to get it! Anyhow... after installing it and seeing how it worked I had to buy another one! The signal strength was at 20% before the adapter... now it's at 70%! You can't beat it for the buck!

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Works great as an extender with iMac C2D
4 Star Review   By Yv on OnSale.com - Feb 23, 2007   

Strengths: Cheap, ease of use, strong connection, no hang ups

Weakness: Limited to 54 mbps (doesn't bother me at all), poor documentation

This Belkin Universal Range Extender works great with my iMac C2D on a Windows-based network. It extends the signal of our main router (linksys wrt54g) located at the second level, as I am in the basement. I won't repeat myself, just read its strengths and weaknesses. The only thing I would add was that I required Customer Service to know how to access the firmware, so the Extender would repeat by default the signal of our network. The service was OK (the representative and me had little trouble understanding each other, as I have a strong French accent and he had Indian accent) with 6 minutes wait. It's worth buying, for sure.

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pull up a chair and get comfortable
4 Star Review   By member bigwallys - Dec 30, 2006   

Strengths: great range. works with my current belkin products. kicks my internet connection up a notch.

Weakness: customer support. accessing the configuration page is hit and miss.

this is a great unit. i love it. why did it take me so long to buy a wireless extender. i have no idea. but everytime i look at it, i smile. my internet connection was usually low and sometimes non existant. it was very frustrating because it seemed there was nothing i could to to improve it. this little beauty gives me a full green excellent connection even when my roomates uses her 2.4ghrz cordless phone. which used to be the death of my internet connection. i mainly bought this unit because i just added a PlayStaion 3 60G to my arsenal and didn't want to suffer with a weak signal. so now i'm set. now the bad part. get ready to sit on the phone with support for at least three hours. i did about five. the first person i talked to knew what he was doing till we got to the setting the seurity part. thats where the trouble started. every support person i talked to after that (5 total) didn't have a clue. i found myself explaining it to them. by the time i finished i knew more about it than they did and ended up troubleshooting and fixing the problem myself. very frustating. but worth it. i'm loving my 100 percent connection. i just love it!

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AP problem
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Once working, seems stable.

Weakness: Documentation, Web interface.

I wanted to set this up for AP only. The documentation about how to do this (plug into router etc.) didn't work at all. Reading the other reviews I think its probably best to throw the docs away before you start. Belkin support had little experience with their product and had to go research but what they came up with worked. Log into the (bad) web interface at (from memory) 192.168.2.254, cycle through about twenty reboots, and you are done. Signal strength is good and it has since been stable working as an AP. There was a silly "don't take it back to the shop, instead phone us" note in the box. Most customers I meet will just take it back anyway (and get a refund - duh). Belkin should get their house in order on product testing before resorting to stupidity like that.

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Good Product, Poor Documentation
4 Star Review   By member larrymw - Nov 6, 2006   

Strengths: Strong, reliable connections. Low price.

Weakness: Documentation is useless if you use security on your wireless network.

I wanted to use this unit as a range extender to extend the range of my existing wireless network. Belkin says this product can be setup as a range extender in 5 minutes with one touch of a button. This is true, but only if you TOTALLY DISABLE SECURITY on your wireless network. If your network is wide open to anyone in range then Belkin's "One Button Configuration" will automatically detect your existing network and configure the unit as and extender. However, IMHO, running your wireless network like this without any kind of security is insane, it's like running a wire from your computer out to the curb in front of your house for any passerby to plug in and have full access to your internal network. Given that running without any wireless network security is insane, it is questionable to make your product depend on a total lack of wireless security. If you are using any level of security, the Belkin "One Touch Configuration" will not work and you must manually configure the unit yourself. While any novice can use the "One Touch Configuration", manual configuration requires A LOT of wireless networking knowledge and is NOT DOCUMENTED. Since I have already setup quite a few wireless networks I was able to walk through the dozens of steps and guess what was required to make this unit connect to my existing wireless network. I would not expect the casual user to be able to do the same, especially since the process is NOT DOCUMENTED. To illustrate, I could very easily see my Mother (who lives four hours away) being able to set up this unit using the five minute "One Button Configuration" with maybe only 30 min of holding her hand over the phone [just kidding Mom ;-)]. However, I'm sure we would both have a nervous breakdown and might possibly never speak to each other again if I had to help her do the manual configuration. So two suggestions to Belkin: 1) Don't make the automatic configuration of your unit require a TOTALLY UNSECURED NETWORK. 2) DOCUMENT THE PROCESS OF MANUALLY CONFIGURING YOUR UNIT AS AN EXTENDER.

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Great product
5 Star Review   By member Guywithgoggle - Nov 2, 2006   

Strengths: -Very simple to use -Took a total of 5mins to figure out and setup -Can be used as an AP or repeater -Compact and broadcast good signal -Lifetime warranty

Weakness: -Too bad they don't make metal cases like Netgear used to -Could look more attractive?

This Range extender/access point does everything it stated and exactly what I needed it to do. It was very easy and fast to setup. No complains from me, I believe it is a great product and would recommend it to anyone who's thinking about purchasing one. I noticed a certain "software engineer" on Amazon had a hard time figuring it out and couldn't get it to work. It could be that he got a defective one or the company that hired him needs to find themselves a new software engineer. It is really quite simple, I can't understand how someone whom "setup many wireless networks in the past." couldn't figure out how to get this one to work.

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Wait for some firmware updates before purchasing this product
1 Star Review   By Rob on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Oct 10, 2006   

Strengths: * Comes in a nice box. * Has got great looking red and green lights. * Cheap. * Good range (while it lasts)

Weakness: * The one push setup button doesn't work. * Belkin Tech support has no experience with this product. * Saving settings doesn't work 9 out of 10 times. * Very unstable * Webinterface is the worst

After purchasing 8 of these boxes based on the technical specs, I was in for a major disappointment. The Belkin is supposed to be easy to setup as a Range Extender (only when using an unsecured Wifi AP). Unfortunately, the quick setup procedure doesn’t work. So I had to go through the webinterface. Accessing the web interface is a nightmare. Every couple of minutes, it drops the connection, giving “Page not found”. Rebooting the Belkin, will allow you 1 or 2 minutes of playtime again. Changing settings is easy. Saving them is a nightmare. The system just goes back to it’s factory settings 9 out of 10 times. After finally managing to set the system up, the connections were very unstable. Calling Belkin Tech support is an action, I wouldn’t recommend my worst enemies. It took me over one hour, talking to a guy who did not listen to me nor understand anything. After checking the color of my mouse pad, checking to see if the network cable isn’t connected to the power cable and a whole bunch of other useless actions, he finally, gave up. It was a problem he couldn’t solve. Maybe I had to change the one I had, it could be a monday morning issue. I told him, I've checked 8, with the same issues. He suggested I talked to some tech expert from Belkin. While transferring, someone dropped the telephone. I guess they gave up. So did I. Anybody interested in purchasing some useless grey boxes, with red and green flashing lights? I’ve got 8! Special discount…

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