Mar 06

DIR-628 Description:

The D-Link RangeBooster N® Dual Band Router (DIR-628) is designed for users looking to create a high-performance wireless network. Connect the RangeBooster N Dual Band Router to a cable or DSL modem and provide high-speed Internet access to multiple computers, game consoles, and media players. Create a secure wireless network to share photos, files, music, printers, and more, from greater distances throughout your entire home or office**. We’ve also included a QoS engine that prioritizes time-sensitive online traffic to enable smooth Internet phone calls (VoIP) and responsive gaming.

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DUAL BAND WIRELESS COVERAGE

Dual Band N is the latest addition to the RangeBooster N product family. The dual band technology in the DIR-628 supports selectable 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless signals. This allows you to check email and browse the Internet using the 2.4GHz band or stream HD movies and other media on the 5GHz band.

FEATURES:

* World Class Parental Controls
* Safe Surfing/Searching
* Remote Management
* AntiVirus/AntiSpyware protection with McAfee® Technology
* Internet Usage Time Scheduling and Activity Reporting
* Web-Managed Firewall
* Access Control for Internet Usage
* Application Control (blocking and scheduling)
* Spam Control
* Identity Protection

User Reviews:

Toscane said:
Pros: Bought this unit to replace a flaking Netgear wireless router. I am very happy so far with the ease of installation and performance. Recommended.
Cons: The installation routine does require some basic networking knowledge.
Summary: I gave the product a 5 instead of a 4, to offset the 1 given by another reviewer.

dsmrobert said:
Pros: It took me around 15 mins to setup my desktop, my netbook, my wireless desktop and mac. it’s pretty simple. i am not a tech. Speed test is above average, 9.79/10.
Cons: price of router is fair. but you might have to spend money on 5.0GHz USB adatper for your wireless device in order to take advantage of this router. if you have budget concern, i would suggest you: save money it’s worth it.
Summary: I have tried linksys 160, 310. both are over-heating and you have to unplug and plug in order to reset. it’s pretty annoying to do that every day.

legendair1 said:
Pros: Stable Router, great range, and fast Internet streaming with a range of different platform (XP-MAC-Vista).
Cons: Set up is a bit long, the 5Hz band do not transmit along the 2.4 HZ and is only avail on N signals
Summary: I Return the linksys 160n model (Comparable) because of resets every 3 days for speed degradation. This device is way more superior for the same price

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Feb 10

DWA-130 Description:

These products use the current draft version of the 802.11n standard. Compatibility with other draft-n and current 802.11n products is guaranteed by the Wi-Fi Alliance. However, some features were added in later revisions of the spec, and it is possible that they will not work correctly. In most cases a firmware upgrade will solve any problems (consider if you feel confident performing such an update). Also, while 802.11n is designed to be backwards compatible with 802.11g, 802.11b and 802.11a, it had been noticed that -n can interfere with the operation of current 802.11b and g products.

DWA-130

The 802.11n standard is based on MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology, which takes advantage of multiple data streams. This concept was considered a problem until someone figured out how to harness these many streams of data to improve both throughput and range. Most of the major wireless networking vendors started offering routers and adapters based on the initial approved draft in mid-2007, while the final specification was released in October 2009.

DWA-130 User Reviews

tangled20 said:

Pros: easy to install and manage
cheap price
does what it says on the box
doesn’t nag you constantly

Cons: nothing as of yet
Summary: highly recommended

zaphire22 said:

Pros: Works on 32 bit Windows 7 OS
Affordable ($19 sale in Office Depot)
Fast and reliable
Easy to install
Comes with a cradle which is of big help

Cons: If only it’s a plug and play device then it would be much better since installing a driver thru CD is a thing in the past.

wayne_e_day said:

Pros: Easy to install, worked right away, reasonable price

Cons: If it were about a 1/2 inch shorter that would be nice, but not an unworkable problem.
Summary: I love stuff that works as advertised. Load the software, plug it in, start networking. No problems at all.

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Feb 07

Product Description

The D-Link RangeBooster N USB Adapter (DWA-140) is a draft 802.11n compliant wireless client for your desktop or notebook PC. It delivers up to 12x faster speeds* and 4x farther range* than an 802.11g network while staying backward compatible with 802.11g networks. Once connected, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, photos, files, music, printers, and more.

D-Link’s Quick Adapter Setup Wizard guides you step-by-step through the installation process. Configure this USB adapter without having to call a networking expert to help you. The D-Link Wireless Manager is also included with this product to keep track of your most frequently accessed networks so that you can join them quickly and easily.

* Delivers up to 12x faster speeds* and 4x farther range* than 802.11g.
* Access secure networks using WPA or WPA2 encryption.
* Backward compatible with 802.11g networks.
* Easy to install and use with the included Quick Adapter Setup Wizard.

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User Reviews

Make IT happen said:

 I like USB portability and compatibility, but as far as wireless goes, I have seen some issues with many products in the past. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this but needed a portable N card for my network and am pleasantly surprised, but was still hoping that USB/N wireless technology had come a little further.

SPEED: Good. Delivers consistent 216-270Mbps even at the furthest point from the router I can find in my house.(using Dlink DIR 655 router in N only mode).

RELIABILITY/RANGE: Good, but had hoped for better. No drops so far, but the range is less than my other wireless cards, and most notably, my cheap Belkin USB adapter. This is to be expected from any wireless N product though, and given the consistently awesome speed and absence of dropped signalls, I wouldn’t even notice if I wasn’t monitoring the range counters during testing and comparisons to my other devices.

DURABILITY: Constructed well. Made of plastics like most of the new products, but very solid construction. Really impressive is the extension cradle which has about a 4′ extension cable and could literally be used as a paper weight in a hurricane. My Belkin by comparison seems like it would blow across the room with a sneeze. Heat is always a concern with many new products, but not with this. It maintains a steady operating temperature and has small vents to release internal heat.

COMPATIBILITY: Of note, I have read many reviews of products causing blue screens and crashes, especially for VISTA 64 bit computers. I am using this on Windows 7 64 bit and have no issues except that the Wireless Connection Manager software doesn’t run, which is probably a blessing as most 3rd party wireless managment software causes more issues than good and I always revert back to the Windows wireless management anyway. I am not a MAC user, but it came with MAC utilities for what that is worth and I don’t believe I came across any bad reviews from MAC users prior to buying, but I wan’t paying attention for that either. 

 S. Watson said:

I discovered that my second computer would not accept the internal adapter card and returned for replacement with the D-Link DWA USB adapter.

Glad I did since installation takes only a few minutes and it seems to work just as good…also portable if I ever need to move it to a different computer. I am using the DWA-140 adapter with the D-Link DIR-655 wireless N router. Would highly recommend.

schmona “schmona” said:

Based on previous reviews here and on other sites, it seems that either this works beautifully or it pukes. I decided to take a chance on this since the price was right and it was recommended for my D-Link DIR-625 router.

I connect three computers to my wireless DIR-625 router. I had no problem connecting my two other computers. However, my third computer did not have an available internal slot, so I opted for this USB device.

The first time I purchased this, I spent two hours on the phone with Level 1 tech support due to a myriad of issues (wouldn’t connect to a hidden SSID, wouldn’t connect to an unsecured wireless network from the neighbor, etc.). In the end, the agent could not resolve my issue, and he transferred me to Level 2 support. That Level 2 agent told me he couldn’t help me because based on all the work the Level 1 tech performed, he concluded that the card was dead. He told me to exchange it for a new one.

The second card was finally able to connect, albeit at a very slow rate. My laptop in the same location was getting about 80% connectivity throughput, whereas this card was getting about 20%. Additionally, it was constantly dropping the connection. After sitting on the phone with support once again, they told me there was a problem with this card.

When I returned the second card, I purchased a Belkin N+ MIMO USB card and couldn’t be happier. The Belkin installed in minutes and I had no problem configuring the software to connect to my hidden SSID. The Belkin has not dropped the connection at all and I’m getting very good throughput.

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Feb 06

D-Link DGL-4500 Description

The D-Link Xtreme N Gaming Router (DGL-4500) is one of those few devices built especially for gamers. Experience the power of our Xtreme N Duo wireless technology for data transfer rates of up to 300Mbps* and Gigabit LAN and WAN Ports to get your game on faster than ever before. We’ve also added an updated version of our award-winning GameFuel technology to get your game going smoother. To top it off, we’ve thrown in a high-performance CPU and a Network Activity Display to give you a serious gaming router.

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Customer Reviews

Truth Teller said:

I bought this router almost immediately after it came out and have had it running for about 90 days at the time of this writing. I have it hooked up wirelessly (G) to my Xbox 360 for Xbox live, wirelessly (N) with my MacBook Pro, use it over gigabit ethernet with two other PCs in my house, and have it hooked up to an HP all in one over ethernet. It has worked without problem with all of these devices.

I set it up to use mixed G and N modes and I am seeing very good speeds with the Xbox (about 52 Mbps) and the Macbook Pro (about 117 Mbps). I can easily see about 8 neighbors networks and have multiple cordless phones in the house, so with this router running in mixed G / N mode I think that these speeds are perfectly acceptable.

I have no longer noticed any slowdowns when my wife decides to surf the internet while I’m playing Xbox Live. It seems as though the router’s automatic “Gamefuel” QoS technology is correctly prioritizing the Xbox traffic over my wife’s internet surfing. I didn’t have to set up anything special. I just let the router do automatic configuration of the Xbox via UPNP (no manual port forwarding, etc).

Configuration-wise it is really pretty simple. I had it up and running pretty quickly. However, I would strongly recommend that the first thing you do with this router is go to the D-Link web site and get the latest firmware before doing any configuration (assuming the firmware is out of date).

Lars Milano said:

This router has solved all my home networking woes and I’ve had a lot of them. Granted, it’s fairly complicated for a home network in that there are many devices connected both wired and wirelessly from various macs and PCs, home theater receiver, music server, network printers, network storage drives, game consoles (ps3, xbox, wii), etc. In the past I’ve used a combination of various routers to make things work properly. From different versions of Apple airport (express, extreme, extreme “N”) to various Belkin and Linkysys models, even the supposedly foolproof WRT54G model.

The problem with the Apple airport models has been their inability to allow open NAT for Xbox Live gaming, not to mention the playstation network. I love Airport networks and their integration with OS X and all its cool file/music/drive/printer sharing and networking features but I’ve always had to combine an extra router to handle the non-Apple side of things. The D-Link DGL-4500 is the first router I’ve had that plays nice with everything on the network. It just works. It works with Apple-based networks, it provides Open NAT for Xbox Live, it works with PS3 (with some minor tweaks), and it works with just about any challenge I throw at it. Music and video streaming, latency-sensitive online gaming, you name it.

mlkri said:

Our home network is pretty extensive, whole house, lots of connections, wired and wireless. We’ve gone through a few router types and all was fine until we added a 3rd Xbox to the system. No amount of configuring, tricks, tips or customer support from our old router manufacturer would allow us to run all 3 on Xbox Live with “Open Nat”. Decided to try this router and it works perfectly!

The set up took a few minutes, I wouldn’t say it was hard but it wasn’t a simple plug in and go, you need to read the instructions and knowing a little bit about your settings will certainly help. All in all it was only about 15 minutes before everything was up and running. The firmware upgrade is a little bit of a pain and I wish they could have made that easier.

I don’t find all the “display” bells and whistles of any really use to me. But the unit does what it claims and that was exactly what was needed here.

Bottom line – if your household has multiple gamers along with the rest of the internet connected, network fixtures in our home networks these days, this is your router. 3 Xbox 360s all on xbox live simultaneously and all with open NAT – ’nuff said.

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Feb 01

DIR-855 Product summary

The good: True dual-band; great throughput performance; intuitive and responsive browser interface; gigabit LAN and WAN; easy to set up; supports separate wireless networks for guests; network activity display offers quick access to a variety of network information; convenient preset settings.

The bad: Middling range; confusing network activity display; expensive; bulky design; no print-serving or NAS functionality.

The bottom line: The D-Link Xtreme N Duo Media Router DIR-855 is a stable performer with excellent Web interface. But because it comes in a bulky, old-school design, has a relatively short range, and carries a hefty price tag, consider waiting for the price to drop before investing in this router.

DIR-855

DIR-855 Description

Out of the box, the D-Link DIR-855 looks like a differently colored D-Link DGL-4500 . (The DIR-855 is white, while the DGL-4500 is dark blue.) The DIR-855 has three antennas attached to the back of the router–not a good design, as they crowd the network ports. The antennae are, however, removable, in case you need to install an external high-power antenna for longer range. Like most D-Link routers, the DIR-855 is wall-mountable and also comes with a vertical mount base. Similar to the DGL-4500, the DIR-855 has a top-mounted, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) Network Activity Display (ONAD) that shows more than just the network’s connection status–the two navigation buttons display WAN, LAN, and wireless information via the little blue screen. However, in our tests, the screen timed out after a minute or two. The ONAD is fun to play around with at first, and is indeed useful in a number of situations, such as checking on the Internet connection, number of wireless clients, and so on, but in the long term, you might miss the regular LED status light found on most routers.

Like the name suggests, the D-Link DIR-855 comes with two Draft N 2.0 access points. One of them uses the ubiquitous 2.4Ghz frequency, while the other works in the new 5Ghz frequency; the two can run simultaneously. This is the first router from D-Link that offers true dual-band operation.

The DIR-855 gave a mixed performance in our tests. On our maximum throughput test, the router registered 101.7Mbps and 77Mbps for the 5Ghz frequency and 2.4Ghz frequency, respectively–both high, though not perfect, scores that bested the LinksysWRT610N, which came in at 101Mbps and 53.3Mbps.

User Reviews

azz710 said:Excellent wireless speed and reach. Excellent performance, in general. Fast, simple web-based configuration. Stable operation (no memory leaks, no need for periodic rebooting as with many other home routers).If you have the cash, buy this router and you will probably discover it will be the last router you buy for many, many years.

inachu1 said:Solid wifi connections at all hours of the day suing any channels.Routers menu system is a pain to learn and memorize.This router is what separates the trash from class series of home routers
I am very impressed not having ay dropped wifi connections for more than 6 weeks in a row. If you are conecerned about uptime then let this be your purchase.

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