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Belkin Wireless Router F5D7230-4
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There have been a lot of deals on this particular router because retailers are constantly running rebates and promotions on it, so you can frequently get it for $10 or less (FAR), and sometimes you can even make money on it.

In every single hot deal thread discussing this router, I see the same questions over and over again. I got tired of this and finally decided to make a Deal Discussion thread to discuss this router, to provide links to more information at AVSForum & DSLReports etc, and to serve as a central warehouse for these questions and answers that come up on a weekly basis.

Hopefully anyone who starts a future thread on this router in Hot Deals will provide a link to this thread, to consolidate and seperate the discussion of this ROUTER from the discussion of the HOT DEAL itself.

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wfay said: <blockquote><hr>RedMachoDevil said: <blockquote><hr>is there a way to do this backwards?<br>meaning, having t... (more)

BillCSHo (Aug. 10, 2005 @ 4:59p) |

wbrinsf said: <blockquote><hr>I just received a new-in-box F5D7230-4 directly from Belkin. It is hardware version 4.00.0... (more)

klitscher (Aug. 19, 2005 @ 12:22p) |

I have been using hardware version 2000 and just bought a 3000 and a 3001 in the past week. Haven't opened the new ones... (more)

3c3 (Aug. 21, 2005 @ 6:26a) |

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FAQ

1. What is WDS bridging? Link to Belkin

2. How do I set up WDS bridging with (2) compatible Belkin routers? Link to Belkin

3. What equipment is compatible with the Belkin 7230-4 for WDS bridging?
  • Belkin F5D7230-4 (two of the same router)
  • Belkin F5D7130 (access point)
  • Buffalo WBR2-G54 (router with standard Buffalo firmware)
  • Linksys WRT54G (may require Sveasoft firmware to be loaded)
  • Motorola WGR850G (wireless router, with Motorola firmware)

    4. How do I configure WPA Wireless Security with the 54g router? Link to Belkin

    5. What are the wireless specifications for the F5D7230-4 802.11g Wireless Router? Link to Belkin

  • Important Links

    1. Belkin.com Knowledge Base search with the keyword "7230" link

    2. Belkin.com Manuals and Drivers page link

    3. Belkin.com F5D7230-4 FAQ link

    4. DSLReports thread discussing 4.05.03 firmware, includes link to download firmware link

    5. "A Guide to Setting Up Multiple Belkin F5D7230-4 Router/Bridge/APs" link


    Misc Information


    I have had several different hardware versions of this router, and found the the original v1000 worked best, no matter what firmware version was loaded. The current model (v2000 I believe) seems to have both range issues and dropped connections on some ISP's networks.




    I recently figured out how to fix my issue of the router dropping it's connection every few minutes. I disabled WZC (Wireless Zero Configuration) under the Services menu. Worked like a charm! Read a handful of articles stating that it's a useless service from Microsoft...

    v2000's have no range/network dropouts that I am aware of. I have heard that the v1444's do when paired together but not in a mixed network of v2000 and v1444 routers.

    idex said: [Q]v2000's have no range/network dropouts that I am aware of. I have heard that the v1444's do when paired together but not in a mixed network of v2000 and v1444 routers.

    From what I've read, the firmware v4.05.03 fixes the network dropouts on v1444 and v2000 routers. This is the first I've heard anything about range problems, too.

    Well, I jumped on this deal today, and after some fidgeting and frustration, I got it to extend my Airport Extreme network, and I regained Wifi for my PS2. I had to settle for WEP, hopefully with more fidgeting I can get it to run WPA.


    Thx to wfay for starting this thread, good stuff!!!!!!

    Thanks OP! Great resource!

    I tried to change the IP to a specific number of my 2nd Belkin router (used as AP), but it locked up everytime and has to be reset. But if I let it default to a new IP xx.xx.xx.254, then it worked fine.

    In any case, thank you for putting together the info.


    Thanks OP Great Info!

    I picked up (2) of these at CC for 9.99 after rebate. The first was set up as a router in less than 5 minutes. The second I set up as a wireless access point in bridging mode for my sons X-Box Live. This took a bit longer but it was on X-Box's side. When setting up, do not click "WIRELESS" on the X-Box dashboard...X-Box does not see this device as wireless. Once I figured that out BAM! up and running. Thanks again!

    Thanks for putting this together. Good job.

    One feature that gets little discussion is the free 6 month subscribtion to web site blocking service run by BlueCoat. (Parental Controls)

    When I found out that my daughter was visiting some inappropriate web sites, this service was invaluable. I was impressed with Bluecoat's customer service when I was having trouble with Napster. They responded quickly and suggested I turn off the Dynamic Real Time Rating System within Parental Controls. This worked, and Napster has been fine since.

    I tried NetNanny 5.0 first, and it slowed down the machine to a crawl, making it useless. With the Belkin Parental Controls ON, I don't notice any kind of performance hit.

    BlueCoat is sweet. It's what we use in the Air Force to filter content.

    Thanks OP! Very usfully Info.

    I recall reading that this router is similar to the linksys wrt54g.

    Any word on a third party firmware that opens up some more features like sveasoft for the linksys?


    Gpz1100 said: [Q]I recall reading that this router is similar to the linksys wrt54g.

    Any word on a third party firmware that opens up some more features like sveasoft for the linksys?

    This issue has been discussed on DSLReports as well. Sveasoft is supposedly working on porting their firmware to the Belkin. I don't know anything more than that.

    If you have an account on the Sveasoft msg board, go search for info and report back. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

    This router (at least v. 1444) has only 2MB of flash ROM; that's reportedly why third party firmware has been absent for the router. I had to eBay my router because it had packet losses and dropped connections even with the firmware that was supposed to fix these issues. YMMV.

    blahsome said: [Q]This router (at least v. 1444) has only 2MB of flash ROM; that's reportedly why third party firmware has been absent for the router. I had to eBay my router because it had packet losses and dropped connections even with the firmware that was supposed to fix these issues. YMMV.

    You tried firmware v4.05.03 on your v1444 router and still had problems?? Because other people are reporting good success with this combination.

    wfay said: [Q]You tried firmware v4.05.03 on your v1444 router and still had problems?? Because other people are reporting good success with this combination.

    Where can I get 4.05.03? I can only find 4.03.03 on the Belkin site, and my router is up and down like a yo-yo (using Verizon DSL).

    Edit: never mind, found it in the European section. New question: is it OK to install a European firmware update on an American router?

    Edit2: never mind, just found wfay's link to the US firmware further up this thread. I'll just shut up now... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

    Yup. At this time I am not blaming the router per se. I have an unsual IFITL connection that the router may not be happy with. The 802.11b router, also from Belkin, actually seems to be working better for me.

    wfay said: [Q]blahsome said: [Q]This router (at least v. 1444) has only 2MB of flash ROM; that's reportedly why third party firmware has been absent for the router. I had to eBay my router because it had packet losses and dropped connections even with the firmware that was supposed to fix these issues. YMMV.

    You tried firmware v4.05.03 on your v1444 router and still had problems?? Because other people are reporting good success with this combination.

    blahsome said: [Q]Yup. At this time I am not blaming the router per se. I have an unsual IFITL connection that the router may not be happy with. The 802.11b router, also from Belkin, actually seems to be working better for me.

    We should all be so unlucky to have IFITL. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

    You can always plug the B router into the IFITL, turn off the B wireless, and plug the G router with wireless into the B. Decide which one will provide DHCP etc and disable those services on one or the other to avoid confusing things.

    I've actually done that for a year or so when I had a particular router that just did not like my Comcast cable modem, which worked fine with my Linksys BEFSR41, so my connection went cable coax > Motorola cable modem > Linksys > other router.

    Seems silly and wasteful but these devices draw pretty low power so its not too bad.

    I just got the Belkin G router... I read the firmware fixes for slow transfers in other versions, but the most recent version for v3000 is 5.02 or something. I did an update to the most recent downloadable firmware, but the transfers are still EXTREMELY slow. Googling revealed several common fixes for other versions (ie. firmware update) but nothing for v3000.

    Signal strength is excellent, my connection is not getting dropped.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!

    Just a note,

    I can bridge between the Belkin F5D7230-4 (set in access point mode) and the Motorola WGR850G wirless router (WDS mode enabled) with no problem.


    faradhim said: [Q]Just a note,

    I can bridge between the Belkin F5D7230-4 (set in access point mode) and the Motorola WGR850G wirless router (WDS mode enabled) with no problem.

    Is this with Motorola-supplied firmware, or third-party? If it requires a particular Motorola firmware or hardware version, please post that as well, and I will update my WDS-compatible list.

    Have anyone tried briding Belkin F5D7230-4 with linksys WRT-54G(firmware from linksys, which comes with the box)

    Thanks

    Here is the link to the latest firmware.

    Link

    It says Europe, but worked fine on my v1444 and 1112. Reports are that it will work for any version, but YMMV.

    I stream from my ReplayTV on Medium quality without any glitches. Bridge from the v1112 to the v1444 in the basement, then watch programs on the second floor of my house in the opposite corner....at least 50 feet.

    My setup (3 units, only bridging, separate DLink router) with 8+ devices bridged over 3 floors in my townhouse works perfectly.

    However, the bridging mode forces WEP - does the new firmware rectify this and allow WPA?

    Thanks for the thread, OP!

    Hey all, I posted this over at DSLreports.com, but would appreciate if you all had any input as well...

    Hey all, I'm a networking noob and am having problems with my new Belkin wireless 54g router (F5D7320, v2000).

    I have two main issues...the first is more of a question, and that is that I am connected at 11.0 Mbps, when I thought this was supposed to be 54Mbps...is there something I need to change? I have the Belkin F5D7010 Notebook card (v3001)

    The other is the more frustrating one...I am unable to access the router's Web-based interface. I am able to connect to the network and everything, but can't get to 192.168.2.1 or 192.168.2.254 (I did switch it to an access point, so I'm supposed to use that IP address, correct?) I was able to do this right out of the box, but for about a week now I haven't been able to. Because I'm using it as an access point, the DSL modem is assign the network IP's and the default Gateway is 192.168.0.1 Please understand that I have really no idea what this all means, but I've been trying to figure it out from reading these posts. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Thanks.

    klitscher said: [Q]Hey all, I posted this over at DSLreports.com, but would appreciate if you all had any input as well...

    Hey all, I'm a networking noob and am having problems with my new Belkin wireless 54g router (F5D7320, v2000).

    I have two main issues...the first is more of a question, and that is that I am connected at 11.0 Mbps, when I thought this was supposed to be 54Mbps...is there something I need to change? I have the Belkin F5D7010 Notebook card (v3001)

    The other is the more frustrating one...I am unable to access the router's Web-based interface. I am able to connect to the network and everything, but can't get to 192.168.2.1 or 192.168.2.254 (I did switch it to an access point, so I'm supposed to use that IP address, correct?) I was able to do this right out of the box, but for about a week now I haven't been able to. Because I'm using it as an access point, the DSL modem is assign the network IP's and the default Gateway is 192.168.0.1 Please understand that I have really no idea what this all means, but I've been trying to figure it out from reading these posts. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Thanks.


    Change to a static ip address of 192.168.2.50 and subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and you'll be able to get into it.

    joebloggs said: [Q]klitscher said: [Q]Hey all, I posted this over at DSLreports.com, but would appreciate if you all had any input as well...

    Hey all, I'm a networking noob and am having problems with my new Belkin wireless 54g router (F5D7320, v2000).

    I have two main issues...the first is more of a question, and that is that I am connected at 11.0 Mbps, when I thought this was supposed to be 54Mbps...is there something I need to change? I have the Belkin F5D7010 Notebook card (v3001)

    The other is the more frustrating one...I am unable to access the router's Web-based interface. I am able to connect to the network and everything, but can't get to 192.168.2.1 or 192.168.2.254 (I did switch it to an access point, so I'm supposed to use that IP address, correct?) I was able to do this right out of the box, but for about a week now I haven't been able to. Because I'm using it as an access point, the DSL modem is assign the network IP's and the default Gateway is 192.168.0.1 Please understand that I have really no idea what this all means, but I've been trying to figure it out from reading these posts. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Thanks.


    Change to a static ip address of 192.168.2.50 and subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and you'll be able to get into it.

    Sorry, but like I said, I'm a noob...change what? the DSL modem or something on my computer? and how? I think i can figure it out if I'm to do it on the modem, but i'm not sure about static IP on my comp...thanks for all the help.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I figured it out...thanks for the help, it worked like a charm once I found where to change it!

    klitscher said: [Q]joebloggs said: [Q]klitscher said: [Q]Hey all, I posted this over at DSLreports.com, but would appreciate if you all had any input as well...

    Hey all, I'm a networking noob and am having problems with my new Belkin wireless 54g router (F5D7320, v2000).

    I have two main issues...the first is more of a question, and that is that I am connected at 11.0 Mbps, when I thought this was supposed to be 54Mbps...is there something I need to change? I have the Belkin F5D7010 Notebook card (v3001)

    The other is the more frustrating one...I am unable to access the router's Web-based interface. I am able to connect to the network and everything, but can't get to 192.168.2.1 or 192.168.2.254 (I did switch it to an access point, so I'm supposed to use that IP address, correct?) I was able to do this right out of the box, but for about a week now I haven't been able to. Because I'm using it as an access point, the DSL modem is assign the network IP's and the default Gateway is 192.168.0.1 Please understand that I have really no idea what this all means, but I've been trying to figure it out from reading these posts. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Thanks.


    Change to a static ip address of 192.168.2.50 and subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and you'll be able to get into it.

    Sorry, but like I said, I'm a noob...change what? the DSL modem or something on my computer? and how? I think i can figure it out if I'm to do it on the modem, but i'm not sure about static IP on my comp...thanks for all the help.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I figured it out...thanks for the help, it worked like a charm once I found where to change it!

    Well, I can access the web interface of the router now, but without Internet...I changed the IP address of my wireless card to 192.168.2.50, but not my ethernet card, it is still 192.168.0.xx, so that's where I'm getting the web access through...still confused, please help! And if I keep my wireless set to 192.168.2.50, will i be able to access other wireless networks (such as in a coffee shop or airport, etc?) thanks again...i'm lost!

    Ken

    klitscher said: [Q]klitscher said: [Q]joebloggs said: [Q]klitscher said: [Q]Hey all, I posted this over at DSLreports.com, but would appreciate if you all had any input as well...

    Hey all, I'm a networking noob and am having problems with my new Belkin wireless 54g router (F5D7320, v2000).

    I have two main issues...the first is more of a question, and that is that I am connected at 11.0 Mbps, when I thought this was supposed to be 54Mbps...is there something I need to change? I have the Belkin F5D7010 Notebook card (v3001)

    The other is the more frustrating one...I am unable to access the router's Web-based interface. I am able to connect to the network and everything, but can't get to 192.168.2.1 or 192.168.2.254 (I did switch it to an access point, so I'm supposed to use that IP address, correct?) I was able to do this right out of the box, but for about a week now I haven't been able to. Because I'm using it as an access point, the DSL modem is assign the network IP's and the default Gateway is 192.168.0.1 Please understand that I have really no idea what this all means, but I've been trying to figure it out from reading these posts. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Thanks.


    Change to a static ip address of 192.168.2.50 and subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and you'll be able to get into it.

    Sorry, but like I said, I'm a noob...change what? the DSL modem or something on my computer? and how? I think i can figure it out if I'm to do it on the modem, but i'm not sure about static IP on my comp...thanks for all the help.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I figured it out...thanks for the help, it worked like a charm once I found where to change it!

    Well, I can access the web interface of the router now, but without Internet...I changed the IP address of my wireless card to 192.168.2.50, but not my ethernet card, it is still 192.168.0.xx, so that's where I'm getting the web access through...still confused, please help! And if I keep my wireless set to 192.168.2.50, will i be able to access other wireless networks (such as in a coffee shop or airport, etc?) thanks again...i'm lost!

    Ken



    Glad you were able to figure it out. Most routers at home and at hotspots are set to automatically assign IPs to each client that is connecting to it, and thus you will not be able to access the internet with an IP you assigned yourself. So you would have to change your settings back to "obtain IP address automatically" and "obtain DNS automatically." Each time that you need to access your access point or router's web interface, then change it to static IP and it should work. Need anymore help, PM me as I do not follow threads in discussion that often.

    klitscher said: [Q]
    Well, I can access the web interface of the router now, but without Internet...I changed the IP address of my wireless card to 192.168.2.50, but not my ethernet card, it is still 192.168.0.xx, so that's where I'm getting the web access through...still confused, please help! And if I keep my wireless set to 192.168.2.50, will i be able to access other wireless networks (such as in a coffee shop or airport, etc?) thanks again...i'm lost!

    Ken

    Your wireless card and the belkin router (used as an access point) are on a different subnet than the DSL modem. That's why you can't see the DSL modem when you are at 192.168.2.50, and you can't see the belkin access point when your DSL modem assigns you to a 192.168.0.xx IP address. Put them all on the same subnet and you will be able to see them together.

    1. Set your wireless card to 192.168.2.50
    2. Access the belkin web-style interface (http://192.168.2.254)
    3. Click on "Use as Access Point"
    4. Set the belkin's IP address to 192.168.0.254 (or another 192.168.0.xx number that is unlikely to be regularly assigned by the DSL modem). That will put it on the same subnet as the DSL modem.
    5. Return your wireless card to obtain an IP address automatically.

    You should now be able to access the web wirelessly.

    -Mike


    has anyone been able to get this router to bridge with any other router or access point that has been mentioned? Otherwise what good is the bridging feature on this router for anyone that does not already have one of those?

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    I have been using hardware version 2000 and just bought a 3000 and a 3001 in the past week. Haven't opened the new ones yet. Does anyone know if there are any functional differences, like the version 4000 dropping WDS?



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