Belkin’s AC1800DB sports a sleek design that manages to pack a lot into its compact form. Although 802.11ac only runs on the 5GHz
frequency spectrum, the AC1800DB also has a 2.4GHz radio so it supports 802.11a, b, g and n in addition to the new standard. Although today’s Macs don’t support the draft standard, this router will be ready for the day that they do.
There are four Gigabit Ethernet ports and a fifth port for connecting to your ADSL or cable modem. A pair of USB ports allows you to connect storage devices and printers for easy sharing. iOS and Android devices can access the storage as well – using free apps from their respective app stores.
Setup was straightforward. We simply connected to the router’s default IP address – 192.168.2.1 – and went through the setup wizard. The AC1800DB’s wireless is secured out of the box with the details on a small card attached to the base of the router.
In addition, Belkin has partnered with Norton to include a filtering tool that can block access to malicious, adult and ‘non-family friendly’ sites. It’s a good step but only offers three levels of filtering and no scope for customisation so you can’t block some sites and allow others.
Performance was solid with the wireless offering good range although we did see some packet loss at about 15m. However, this was not enough to noticeably affect streaming or web access. Connectivity remained solid at 25m.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-manage, flexible router for either the home or small office then the Belkin AC1800DB is worth a look. There are plenty of features, and its support for 802.11ac means that it will offer great connectivity for the next generation of Apple products.