Belkin F7D4301 Play Max Wireless-N Router

  • Belkin F7D4301 Play Max Wireless-N Router
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Based on 17 scores, 27 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    0
  • Good:
    6
  • Average:
    5
  • Bad:
    6

Pros:

  • Performs well.
  • Ridiculously easy setup.
  • Guest WiFi access.

Cons:

  • Torrent offline downloads only works with bundled Vuze software.
  • Lack of port status lights.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechSmart.co.za on -

When you think of alluring, exciting technology, more than likely tablets, ultrabooks, smartphones and game consoles come to mind, rather than routers. However, Belkin’s Play Max Wireless router turns this convention on its head, since functioning as...

By CIOL on -

The name ‘Play Max’ raised our expectation before we actually tested this IEEE 802.11n based router and when we did it we were not at all disappointed, in fact disappointment came from other features. Once out of box what you have in hand is a...

By GadgetSpeak on 72

While some like the reassurance of flashing lights to indicate activity, Belkin has opted for a single steady light to show power/connection with its new range of network routers....

By PC Authority on 83

This router packs the fastest wireless and wired technologies into a premium product that is easy to set up...

By itreviews.com on -

A very mixed bag, with some great features, good performance and unrivalled ease of setup, but tying offline downloads to a single BitTorrent client, bundling some unimpressive software add-ons and hiding most of the oily bits is unlikely to get...

By The Inquirer on 70

The Play Max's feature set is obviously intended to appeal to gamers and enthusiasts, yet given that these types are almost invariably suckers for flashing lights and knobs they can twiddle, we're not sure that its single Cyclopean green status...

By PC Advisor on 60

In a cross-platform Mac and PC network, the Belkin Play Max Wireless failed to provide adequate connectivity. Wireless transfer performance also fell short of specification, although this is more typical of wireless routers. Andrew Harrison...

By TechRadar on 60

Belkin has obviously tried very hard to make the Play Max an attractive package to beginners. The unit itself is neat – its three-dimensional aerials hidden within the stone-grey case. It's a plug-and-play affair in terms of getting hooked up. WPA2 is...

By Web User on 80

Pros and ConsProduct Pros: + Simplest modem router set-up available+ Lots of extra features Product Cons: - Premium pricing Most ADSL broadband services now come with a router that acts as a gateway to the internet. The device will also let you share...

By V3.co.uk on 80

The bundled software is a good idea, but a more detailed manual would have made it more useful Good points High-speed router; easy to set up; lots of bundled software; clever wireless features Bad points Expensive; bundled software is poorly...

By PC Pro on 83

Good performance, a wide range of features and a very tempting price, just ignore the hype over those apps...

By Expert Reviews on 80

The Play Max ADSL router costs a lot but has the features to back it up – if you need them....

By Trusted Reviews on 70

As if you couldn't already tell from the 'max' part of the name, Belkin's Play Max Router sits at the top of its current range. It purports to offer just about every conceivable function you could want from a router, in an attractive,...

By HEXUS.net on 70

Belkin's Play Max router is a tale of two vital ingredients; hardware and software. On the hardware front, the router is compact, looks smart, performs well and showed us no signs of instability throughout a week of heavy usage. Dual-band Wireless N...

By TechTree on 60

The PlayMax router is Belkin's top end model in this series and costs Rs. 8,100 with three-year warranty. This makes it a bit expensive and after knowing the fact that the torrent features don't work with the PC off, it seems unnecessarily expensive....

By Maximum PC on 80

Don't you just hate idiot lights? Could any component in a router’s BOM (bill of materials) cost less than an LED? Don’t think so. So why the heck did Belkin design its Play Max wireless router to use a single LED to inform you of its operating...

By theregister.co.uk on 60

The Belkin Play Max is potentially useful hardware, and easy to set up as a basic wireless router. But the impression that software sub-contractor Affinergy has patched together a bunch of open source functionality without properly thinking it all...

By PC Mag on 40

A well-intentioned, yet disappointing, dual-band gaming...

By Tom's Guide on -

The router comes with a two-year warranty that’s longer that the ValetPlus’s one-year and the TEW 651BRI’s three years of coverage. PlayMax is on the pricey side, but comes with a software ecosystem that the other router makers have yet to...

By Geek.com on -

The Play Max is Belkin’s new flagship consumer router. It, along with the new Surf, Share, and Play routers, is designed for easy installations and consumer friendliness. As the industry moves to make wireless networking easier Belkin is finally...