Belkin created a bit of a stir when it introduced the N1 Vision Wireless Router back in July. Its vertical orientation and graphic front panel status display gave it an elegant look and style that set it apart from the ho-hum crowd. Now that the router and its Notebook Card have received Wi-Fi 802.11n Draft 2.0 certification, it's time to see if it has the performance to match its looks.
The Vision is designed to sit upright only—it has no wall-mounting slots and can't be laid flat on a desktop. The usual array of front panel status lights has been replaced with a graphic display that Belkin touts as "The most advanced interactive network display".
I didn't find the display to be that useful, however, maybe because I was turned off by the heavy pressure required by the navigation button cluster. I had to hold the router with one hand and tilt it up to see the display properly while I pressed hard to get my button-presses to register.