Jan 31

D-Link on Monday confirmed several updates to its channel program as it looks to convince skeptical solution providers that it won’t lose channel momentum following a major shakeup in its North America executive ranks.

Several key architects of D-Link’s current go-to-market strategy left the company starting in the fall of 2011. The exits included Nick Tidd, former D-Link North America president, and two of his top sales executives, Pat Piwowarczyk, former vice president, U.S. enterprise and channel sales, and Rod St. Michel, D-Link’s vice president of consumer sales.

Several more D-Link executives have also departed since then, CRN has learned, including Mark Ciprietti, vice president and general manager, business solutions division, D-Link Canada and also vice president, North American Channel DMR.

Partners have voiced concerns that the loss of so much channel acumen spells doom for D-Link’s program, but Steve Ryan, director of North American channel programs for D-Link, says that isn’t the case.

“We haven’t heard of any partners saying they’ll pull projects or stop selling D-Link product,” Ryan said. “They’ve obviously got one eye raised open watching whether we’re going to do what we’ll say we’ll do. But we maintain our commitment to the channel and we’re not making any changes to the program in a negative way.”

All of the current updates to D-Link’s channel program were developed starting last summer, before the executive departures began, Ryan said. Among the changes are that D-Link’s Value In Partnership (VIP) program has been renamed VIP+.

D-Link has a new partner portal that’s easier to navigate, Ryan said, as well as an easier claim process for D-Link sales rewards thanks in part to a new back-end supplier D-Link hired to manage administration of the program. D-Link is also providing an e-learning program through which partners can earn rewards for completion, and a new campaigns tool for providing D-Link partners access to customizable marketing material.

The program itself remains constitutionally the same. D-Link’s partnership tiers are Gold, Silver and Registered and it provides technology specializations within VIP+ for partners that focus on a particular segment of the D-Link line card: Storage Preferred, IP Surveillance Preferred and Security Preferred.

Partner certification will also remain free, Ryan said. D-Link is offering certification in three categories: D-Link Sales Specialist, for sales professionals; D-Link Certified Specialist, designed for pre-sales technical professionals; and D-Link Certified Professional, designed for network engineers. All of the course materials will still be downloadable on-demand, and the courses themselves self-paced.

“One thing I’ve constantly heard from partners in the past is, why would you charge me for training? Why would you charge me if I’m going to invest the time to learn about your products and solutions?” Ryan said. “Well, at D-Link, we agree with them.”

D-Link is continuing to solicit partner feedback, Ryan said. It will communicate VIP+ changes through VAR resources like its quarterly town hall-style meetings with partners.

“I’m asking them to reach out to me as well as getting the feedback from our channel account managers,” Ryan said. “Pretty much everything is driven by partner feedback and it’ll continue to be that way.

The VIP+ program will also be launching in Europe in February, Ryan said. VIP+ changes will take effect for North America partners on Feb. 7.

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Jan 30

D-Link DIR-412 Installation

Before you Begin

• Please configure the D-Link router with the computer that was last connected directly to your modem.

• You can only use the Ethernet port or 3G adapter. If you were using an USB broadband modem before using the router, then you must turn off your modem, disconnect the USB cable and connect an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the router, and then turn the modem back on. In some cases, you may need to call your ISP to change connection types (USB to Ethernet).

• If you have DSL and are connecting via PPPoE, make sure you disable or uninstall any PPPoE software such as WinPoet, Broadjump, or Enternet 300 from your computer or you will not be able to connect to the Internet.

Wireless Installation Considerations

The D-Link wireless router lets you access your network using a wireless connection from virtually anywhere within the operating range of your wireless network. Keep in mind, however, that the number, thickness and location of walls, ceilings, or other objects that the wireless signals must pass through, may limit the range. Typical ranges vary depending on the types of materials and background RF (radio frequency) noise in your home or business. The key to maximizing wireless range is to follow these basic guidelines:

1. Keep the number of walls and ceilings between the D-Link router and other network devices to a minimum – each wall or ceiling can reduce your adapter’s range from 3-90 feet (1-30 meters.) Position your devices so that the number of walls or ceilings is minimized.

2. Be aware of the direct line between network devices. A wall that is 1.5 feet thick (.5 meters), at a 45-degree angle appears to be almost 3 feet (1 meter) thick. At a 2-degree angle it looks over 42 feet (14 meters) thick! Position devices so that the signal will travel straight through a wall or ceiling (instead of at an angle) for better reception.

3. Building Materials make a difference. A solid metal door or aluminum studs may have a negative effect on range. Try to position access points, wireless routers, and computers so that the signal passes through drywall or open doorways. Materials and objects such as glass, steel, metal, walls with insulation, water (fish tanks), mirrors, file cabinets, brick, and concrete will degrade your wireless signal.

4. Keep your product away (at least 3-6 feet or 1-2 meters) from electrical devices or appliances that generate RF noise.

5. If you are using 2.4GHz cordless phones or X-10 (wireless products such as ceiling fans, lights, and home security systems), your wireless connection may degrade dramatically or drop completely. Make sure your 2.4GHz phone base is as far away from your wireless devices as possible. The base transmits a signal even if the phone in not in use.

Connect to Cable/DSL (WAN Mode)

If your Internet connection is provided using a cable/DSL/satellite modem, follow the steps below before connecting the router to a cable/DSL/satellite modem:

• If you are using the DIR-412 for the first time, please select the 3G Router mode first to configure your wireless settings. Refer to the Wireless Settings section for more information.

• After configuring the wireless settings, move the switch to the WAN Mode position and wait for the device to reboot.
To connect to a broadband modem, or an Ethernet Internet connection such as in a hotel, please follow the steps below:

1. Unplug the Ethernet cable (that connects your computer to your modem) from your computer and place it into the Ethernet port on the router, or connect an Ethernet cable from the Internet port to the Ethernet port on the router.

2. Plug the power adapter into the router and connect it to an outlet or power strip. Wait about 50 seconds for the router to boot.

3. Connect the DIR-412 to your computer wirelessly using the settings (SSID, encryption key) you configured previously.

4. Verify the link lights on the router. The power light, Internet light, and the Wireless LAN light should be lit. If not, make sure your computer, modem, and router are powered on and verify the cable connections are correct.

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Connect to a 3G Internet Service

If you are using a 3G USB adapter to connect to the Internet, please follow the steps below:

1. Move the toggle switch to the 3G Router mode position and wait for the DIR-412 to reboot.

2. Insert your 3G USB adapter into the DIR-412’s 3G USB port. In most cases, the 3G adapter will automatically configure and connect to the Internet. This process may take up to one minute. Refer to http://www.dlink.com/DIR-412 for a compatiblility list of supported 3G adapters.

3. Plug one end of Ethernet cable into the DIR-412 and the other end into your computer.

4. Verify the link lights on the router. The power light, Internet light, and the Wireless LAN light should be lit. If not, make sure your computer and router are powered on and verify the cable connections are correct.

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Note: The 3G default setting for the D-Link DIR-412 is auto-config and always-on reconnect mode. With this setting, the DIR-412 will connect to the Internet automatically. If you do not want the DIR-412 to connect automatically, please disable auto-config and change the reconnect mode to manual.

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Jan 29

D-Link DIR-412 Hardware Overview:

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1.Mode Switch
Use this switch to change between WAN mode and 3G Router mode.

2.Ethernet Port
In WAN mode the Ethernet port is used to connect to your WAN connection. In 3G mode the Ethernet port is used to connect to your LAN connection.

3.Power Receptor
Receptor for the supplied power adapter.

4.Reset
Pressing the Reset button restores the router to its original factory default settings.

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1.Power LED
Lights orange during bootup. Lights green when D-Link DIR-412 router has booted up. A solid green light indicates a proper connection to the power supply. If the LED blinks orange the system has failed.

2.Internet LED
A solid green light indicates a successful 3G connection. A solid orange light indicates a 3G error, a WAN failure, or a system failure. A blinking green light indicates that the WAN connection is enabled when the Router is operating in WAN mode.

3.WLAN LED
A solid green light indicates that the wireless segment is ready. This LED blinks during wireless data transmission.

4.Ethernet LED
A solid green light indicates that a link has been established. This LED blinks during data transmission.

5.WPS Button
Press the WPS button for 1 second to initiate the WPS process. The button will flash blue while a WPS connection is being established. The button will light blue for 120 seconds (2 minutes) if a successful WPS connection has been made.

6.3G USB Connection
Connect your 3G USB adapter to this port if you want to use a 3G Internet connection.

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Jan 26

This article tells us Which 3G adapters work with D-Link DIR-412 Mobile Wireless Router.

The following lists the 3G adapters that have been successfully tested for compatibility with the D-Link DIR-412 Mobile Wireless Router.

United States Customers:

AT&T
QUALCOMM 3G USBConnect Mercury
SIERRA WIRELESS USBConnect Lightning

Sprint
SIERRA WIRELESS U598
NOVATEL WIRELESS U760
QUALCOMM 3G U300

Verizon
PANTECH UM175VW
NOVATEL WIRELESS USB760
PANTECH UMW190VW

T-Mobile
HUAWEI UMG181
HUAWEI UMG1691

US Cellular
PANTECH UM175US

Canada Customers:

Bell
Novatel Wireless U998
Novatel Wireless U760
Huawei E182E

Telus
Sierra Wireless Compass 597
Sierra Wireless 306
Huawei E182E

Rogers
Ovation MC950D
Sony Ericsson MD400g
ZTE MF668
ZTE MF636
Nokia CS-18

Wind Mobile
Huawei E181

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Jan 24

The new Amplifi HD Media Router 3000 provides data transfer speeds of up to 900Mbps.

Fountain Valley-based D-link’s Amplifi HD Media Router 3000 was selected as the Consumer Electronic Show’s “Best of CES” winner for networking devices. The router, with its unique SharePort Mobile app, is capable of serving up data transfer speeds of up to 900 Mbps, automatic bandwidth prioritization and D-Link’s trademarked SharePort Cloud technology.

New products introduced at the conference were evaluated by the editors of CNET, an online technology news and business website, and the most innovative were selected as the Best of CES award winners.

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D-Link’s high-performance device (model number DIR-857) also features 4Gb ports and USB 3.0, enabling faster streaming content. It also employs the company’s HD Fuel technology to automatically manage traffic flow. The device is designed to accommodate all home networking devices in a single hub, allowing connectivity between all at once while providing high-speed dual-band wireless on two channels of bandwidth operating simultaneously.

“We are honored to once again be recognized by CNET’s team of editors at CES this year, underscoring D-Link’s ongoing efforts to deliver leading home connectivity solutions and to bring a range of cloud services to home networks,” said Daniel Kelley, D-Link’s associate vice president of marketing for North America. CNET editors named D-Link products as finalists in the Best in CES evaluations in 2010 and 2009. “Whether gaming online, streaming HD media or extending your home network to multiple rooms, the new HD Media Router 3000 offers consumers high performance connectivity for a range of applications, as well as the ability to enjoy and share content anywhere, anytime.”

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