Belkin? No thanks.
A Belkin product with serious issues out-of-the-box? Say it ain't so!
My score-card with Belkin so far:
-USB 802.11G dongle - brand new, latest drivers, but wouldn't keep a connection for more than 30 seconds and kept losing the SSID completely. Could have returned it to the store but in the end I just snapped it in half in frustration and threw the remnants against the wall. Yes, I have anger management problems :)
-ADSL router - wouldn't work with AOL-over-BT-ADSL. My ol' trustworthy D-link one worked fine in its place. Advised the friends in question to a) take the router back to PC World and b) switch their ISP.
After that, I started avoiding Belkin, a strategy that's worked well since. Your experiences with this router just don't surprise me.