Feb 24

Follow the steps below to set up the COVR-3902 system using the D-Link Wi-Fi app.


Step 1: Download the D-Link Wi-Fi app from the App Store or Google Play. Download and install (do not launch app yet).



Step 2: Plug in only the COVR router and allow about one minute to bootup. Once the power LED is green, it is ready. Do not plug the extender in yet.


Step 3: Connect your device using Wi-Fi to the router. The router”s Wi-Fi network (SSID) and password are located on the bottom of the router or on the Wi-Fi Configuration card included. Once connected to the router, launch the Wi-Fi app.


Step 4: The first time you launch the app, the Device Connection screen will appear. Tap Next to continue.



Step 5: The Select Device screen will display the COVR-2600R (router) MAC address information. Tap Next to continue. If you do not see this, make sure your device is connected to the router via Wi-Fi. If you are connected to another Wi-Fi network or using 3g/4g, it will not work.



Step 6: Plug in the extender near the router and power on. Tap Next to continue. The router will now search for the extender and connect. This process can take up to two minutes.



If you cannot connect to the extender, make sure the extender is powered on and in the same room as the router. If the power LED and the two LEDs on the right are green (the other two are off), you will need to reset the extender by pressing the reset button located on the back of the extender for 10 seconds with a paperclip.


You can also tap Next and connect the extender to the router by pressing the WPS button on the extender, or tap Skip and connect later.



If you tapped Next, within two minutes press the WPS button on the side of the extender. Allow 2-3 minutes to connect.



Step 7: When the extender is finished installing, tap Next to continue.



Step 8: Enter a Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and a Wi-Fi password. Tap Next to continue. Note this Wi-Fi name and password will be assigned to both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands on both the router and extender.



Step 9: Enter a password for the COVR system. This password is used to configure the router and the extender via Wi-Fi app and the web UI. If you want the app to remember this password, tap Remember Password to enable. Tap Next to continue.



Step 10: Tap Save to finish setting up the COVR-3029 system.



Step 11: Tap Next to continue.



Step 12: If you want to share your device settings (Wi-Fi network name and password), tap Share, or tap No to continue. If you tapped Share, you will can select who and how you want to send this information to (e.g. Twitter, text message, etc).


Step 13: Congratulations your router and extender are configured. Tap Finish. Once the router boots back up, you will need to connect your device to the new Wi-Fi network you just created. Also, you can unplug the extender and place in a location between your router and any dead zones. When you plug the extender in, allow up to two minutes to boot. The LEDs will indicate your connection quality to the router. Green means it is a good connection, orange means a fair connection, and red means a poor connection. If orange or red, move the extender closer to the router.


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Dec 29

Step 1: Click the Airport Wireless Icon on the Top Left corner of the screen (by the clock)

Step 2: Select the wireless network you want to connect to

Step 3: If the Wireless Network is password protected, you will be prompted to enter a password. Enter the appropriate password and click Join.

You are now connected.

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Dec 31

NOTE – To configure the Time and Date your will need the following:

• Console Cable
• PuTTy

Step 1 – Download PuTTy software from the following link:


Download the putty.exe

Step 2 – Connect the serial port of the DSR with your PC

Step 3 – Open PuTTy and setup a COM port (this will be present in device manager)

Step 4 –
 Click on “Open”

Step 5 – Hit enter key and you should be presented with the Login screen

Set the time and date variables (Copy and paste into CLI):

Step 6 – Enter the following command to enter into the system time configuration

D-Link DSR> system time

Step 7 – Enter the following command to disable the ntp servers

system-config[time]>  configure_ntp_servers n (Y/N)

Step 8 – Enter the following command to configure the correct time-zone

system-config[time]> time_zone GMT::Greenwich-Mean-time-Dublin–Edinburgh–Lisbon–London

Step 9 – Enter the following command to enable daylight savings

system-config[time]> enable_daylight_saving y (Y/N)

Step 10 – Enter the following command to configure year

system-config[time]> ntp_year 2014 (1970 – 2037)

Step 11 – Enter the following command to configure month (1-12)

system-config[time]> ntp_month 12

Step 12 – Enter the following command to configure day (1-31)

system-config[time]> ntp_day 30

Step 13 – Enter the following command to configure hour (0-23)

system-config[time]> ntp_hour 23

Step 14 – Enter the following command to configure minutes (1-60)

system-config[time]> ntp_minutes 46

Step 15 – Enter the following command to configure seconds (0-60)

system-config[time]> ntp_seconds 30

Step 16 – Enter the following command to sabe

system-config[time]> sabe

Tue Dec 30 23:13:30 GMT 2014

Tue Dec 30 23:13:30 GMT 2014

system-config[time]> exit

Step 17 – To confirm the date and time have been successfully configured

D-Link DSR> show system time setup

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Dec 28

NOTE – The Upgrade process will need the following:

• Console Cable
• tftp server
• Firmware – Download the latest firmware on our website
• PuTTy

Step 1 – Connect the serial port of the DSR with your PC and an Ethernet cable to a port on the DSR and connected to a switch on the same network

Step 2 – Open the tftp server and put the firmware of the DSR into the root folder

For example: C:\Program Files\Tftpd64

Step 3 – Open PuTTy and setup a COM port (this will be present in device manager)

Step 4 – Click on “Open”

Step 5 – Hit enter key and you should be presented with the Login screen

DSR-1000N login: admin
Password: admin

Step 6 – Enter the following command to enter into the system time configuration

D-Link DSR> .reboot

Router will be up in 85 seconds.

Step 7 – Once you see the boot process and see the message “Hit any key to stop autoboot:” hit the enter key to enter the bootloader#

Set the environment variables (Copy and paste into CLI):

Step 8 – Enter the following command to set the DSR to the subnet of host

D-Link DSR-1000N bootloader# setenv ipaddr

Step 9 – Enter the following command to the IP of the host where the tftp resides

D-Link DSR-1000N bootloader# setenv serverip

Step 10 – Enter the following command to set all tftp transfers on LAN ports

D-Link DSR-1000N bootloader# setenv ethact octeth0

Step 11 – Enter the following command to firmware flash and erase

D-Link DSR-1000N bootloader# setenv firm_flash ‘erase BDCA0000 BF99FFFF; cp.b 0xaa00000 BDCA0000 1D00000’

Step 12 – Enter the following command to sabe

D-Link DSR-1000N bootloader# saveenv


TFTP the image and flash it:

Step 13 – Enter the following command:

D-Link DSR-1000N bootloader#
 tftp 0xAA00000 DSR-1000N_A1_FW1.09B61_WW (this is the FULL name of the firmware as shown below)

You should also notice the tftp server starting the file transfer (if not, make sure the firewall is disabled or an antivirus program is not blocking)

Step 14 – Enter the following command to run flash firmware and wait until complete

D-Link DSR-1000N bootloader# run firm_flash

Step 15 – Enter the following command to boot firmware

D-Link DSR-1000N bootloader# run boot_firm

Once the flashing of the image is complete, you will see the u-boot prompt again. At this moment you can now power cycle the DSR.

Step 16 – Login

DSR-1000N login: admin
Password: admin

Step 17 – To confirm the current version of firmware and check the update was successful, enter the following command:

D-Link DSR> Show system firmwareVersion

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Apr 05

D-Link’s new flagship Wi-Fi router (DIR-895L) is a prime example of the arms race among networking vendors since the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard was introduced.

Manufacturers have been steadily launching new routers, with each iteration touting higher transfer speeds. But these speeds are aggregated across multiple wireless bands and do not reflect the actual bandwidth available for a single client device.

For instance, the D-Link DIR-895L is marketed as an AC5300 router (5,300Mbps), derived by adding the transfer speeds from its three wireless bands. For a single client such as a smartphone or tablet, the DIR-895L will not be any faster than a basic AC1300 router.

But the D-Link’s dual 5GHz and single 2.4GHz bands are useful for homes that are increasingly cluttered with Wi-Fi devices. Older clients that support slower Wi-Fi speeds can be put into their own wireless bands without affecting other faster devices. The router does this automatically via a feature dubbed Smart Connect.

Because of the competition among manufacturers, advanced features often make their way into routers before they are widely adopted. These features usually stay dormant till the manufacturer deems it appropriate to enable them via a firmware update.

Take the Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) feature, which is not yet supported by most Wi-Fi clients. This feature lets the router send data wirelessly to multiple clients at the same time. It is currently disabled on the D-Link DIR-895L.


Angular in profile, and with eight detachable and adjustable antennas, the red DIR-895L cuts an eye-catching figure. It can be mounted on a wall, though I am not comfortable doing so because the router is relatively heavy.

The DIR-895L has four Gigabit LAN ports at the back, along with a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port.

Features that you’d expect from a modern router, such as parental controls, guest networks and the ability to share files over the Internet, are all supported.

The router’s web-based interface looks slick and is easy to navigate. By default, advanced features are hidden from users to reduce screen clutter.

However, the router can take varying amounts of time (from 25 seconds to 80 seconds) to save changes made to the settings. The good thing is that the interface always indicates the exact amount of time it expects to take. Still, I was expecting the router’s dual-core processor to run faster.

Performance could be better. The router recorded an average download speed of 501Mbps, which is significantly lower than the top speed of 695Mbps managed by one of its rivals, the Asus RT-AC5300 ($469).

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