Also referred to as the AC1200, the Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 is a Wireless AC router designed to deliver the fastest wireless technology around today to the home user. Belkin have packed in a host of features along with 802.11ac, including dual-band wireless and QoS. We review the features, outlining what each does, and then deliver our assessment of Belkin’s Wireless AC creation, in a conclusion.
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Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Features
The Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 has a host of features which can either run as default or be configured to exactly the user’s preference. Let’s run through the key features one by one…
7 Features of the Belkin F9K1113 AC1200
Ultra-Fast Wireless AC
Almost 3 times (almost 1.2Gbps) faster than Wireless N, 802.11ac is fastest wireless technology available today. This speed is achieved with the Dual-Band fuction enabling traffic flows on both the 5GHz & 2.4Ghz ranges concurrently. The older wireless technologies – Wireless N/G/B are also compatible with the Belkin F9K1113 AC1200, so you can connect your old and new devices together.
Get the best of both worlds. Dual-band wireless gives up to 870 Mbps on the 5GHz range and up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz range simultaneously – this gives over 1.1GHz of throughput. Make the most of the two bands by running HD streaming traffic over 5GHz and other data over 2.4GHz by load-balancing traffic over the two ranges.
Using Belkin technology, a MulitBeam antenna directs signal in the direction of devices around the home when required. This improves efficiency and helps your network nodes get more data throughput when they need it.
Quality of Service (QoS)
Using QoS, the Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 can prioritize traffic depending on your needs – protect voice (VoIP), video & online gaming traffic from dropouts and disconnects. QoS minimizes impact to jitter and latency by ensuring that sensitive traffic types have priority of other non-sensitive traffic types. Choose what you would like protected.
Have full control over what your kids can access, with the easy-to-use Parental Control feature.
The Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 ships with four gigabit Ethernet ports. You can cable in your PC or console and transfer at speeds up to 1Gbps.
There are two dedicated USB ports, which allows you to connect an external hard drive or USB printer for sharing your files or printing easily from one location.
Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 Technical Specs
- Wireless AC/N/G/B
- Radio – 5GHx/2.4GHz
- 4x Gigabit LAN Ports
- 2x USB 2.0 ports
Conclusion for the Belkin F9K1113 AC1200
- Wireless AC speeds
- Quick to set up
- ‘Guest’ SSID
- Software could be better
We love reviewing AC routers – the latest generation of wireless technology, and the Belkin F9K1113 AC1200 is no different!
When removing the Belkin from the box, all the cables are already preinstalled and have labels attached to them for easy reference. Then it’s a matter of going through the steps on the accompanying setup guide – It was just a matter of powering off our modem, connecting the Belkin, then powering on both the modem and router. That’s it! There is also the option of installing via the packaged CD if you prefer.
By accessing the menu, there are plenty of manual options that are available to tweak to your liking. As with most routers, there’s the options of manually setting the DHCP scope and DNS settings. Howvever, there is the option of setting the DNS to your choosing rather than what the ISP defaults to.
The Parental Control options are intuitive (uses Norton) and can be disabled if you don’t want filtering. The in-built firewall can be adjusted to block on ports e.g. HTTP, FTP, SMTP etc for a block of users or an individual user using ACL’s (Access Control Lists). These can be based on time, so it could be useful for blocking access to the Internet at certain times of the day.
The QoS option is essential for protecting your sensitive traffic. VoIP, video and gaming traffic can be prioritized to ensure that other ‘default’ traffic does not increase latency and jitter. The Traffic Monitor can graphically show just what types of traffic are flowing through the router in real-time.
The only disadvantage with this tool is that it doesn’t display historical data, which is a shame. The two USB ports are an excellent addition, and as far as we’re concerned, should be included with every router.
With regards wireless, there is the option of a ‘Guest’ SSID, so you can have a cafe style guest network that will give Internet access, but the users can’t access your internal network. Nice touch.
5GHz doesn’t seem to work as well from distance as 2.4GHz – something to be aware of.
One thing customers haven’t been overly happy about is the software. It’s not the worst we’ve seen, but when applying changes, there’s no indication that the change has actually been implemented until the page is refreshed. This can be frustrating when the page is refreshed and the change hasn’t have enough time to complete. A small gripe, but shouldn’t cause too many issues as users would rarely make changes to the configuration after the Belkin is initially set up anyway.
Overall – a solid router from a solid brand.