Jan 03

Step 1: Ensure your USB drive is properly connected to your D-Link DIR-850L

Step 2: Check USB driver/ SD card status from router’s Web UI.

Step 2.1: Open your web browser and enter http://dlinkrouter or http://dlinkrouter.local or http://192.168.0.1 into the address bar.

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Step 2.2: The default username is admin and the password is blank (nothing). Click Login.

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Step 2.3 Click on the Setup tab at the top then click Storage on the left side

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Step 2.4 Check the storage status

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Step 3: From a computer connected to the router:

Windows XP

  1. Click Start then go to Run
  2. Type \\ followed by the IP address of the router (default is 192.168.0.1)

Example- \\192.168.0.1

  1. Click OK

 

Windows 7

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Run
  2. Type \\ followed by the IP address of the router (default is 192.168.0.1)

Example- \\192.168.0.1

  1. Click OK

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MAC OSX

  1. Click Go > Connect to Server
  2. Type smb:// followed by the IP address of the router (default is 192.168.0.1)

Example- smb://192.168.0.1

Click Connect

Note: If prompted for password, select GUEST access

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Jan 03

Pros

Small and inexpensive
Easy to set up and use for Apple users
Gets the job done

Cons

Wi-Fi extender range isn’t very good
Android music interface is clunky
Doesn’t use same app as other D-LInk home devices

What is the D-Link mydlink Home Music Everywhere?

As its name suggests, the D-Link mydlink Home Music Everywhere (DCH-M225) is a device for sharing your music around the home. It plugs into any mains outlet, then uses its Wi-Fi connection and audio jack to stream music from your phone or computer to your hi-fi or portable speaker. It also functions as a Wi-Fi extender, too.

D-Link Music Everywhere – Design and Features

Like most of the mydlink Home range, the Music Everywhere is a compact white cuboid device that’s little bigger than a normal UK plug, with dimensions of 54 x 42 x 55mm.

It’s simple too. Connecting to your home network is done via Wi-Fi only, so there are no Ethernet sockets. Instead there is a WPS button on the side for easy one-touch connection to your Wi-Fi. The 3.5mm jack for the audio is on the underside while a single light on the front indicates connection status, power, etc.

Thankfully you do get an audio cable in the box and it’s a plentiful 1.5m in length. This is particularly welcome as the likelihood of having a cable of sufficient length so as to reach right from your plug sockets to the input of your audio system is pretty slim for most households. If your audio system has dual phono inputs, or something more esoteric, then you’ll have to provide a cable or adapter yourself.

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D-Link doesn’t provide stats for the quality of the audio adapter in the Music Everywhere, but does note that it’s compatible with either Apple’s Airplay streaming system or the more widely supported DLNA. This means it’ll register as a playback device on a host of systems including iOS and Android phones and tablets as well as Macs and PCs running iTunes and Windows Media Player (many other programs and mobile apps will work too).

As for Wi-Fi, it only supports the 2.4GHz band rather than having dual band support like the latest routers. This is less of an issue for audio playback, as very little bandwidth is needed for audio streaming. However, for when being used as a Wi-Fi extender this may limit its speed in some scenarios – particularly where you’ve got lots of competing Wi-Fi signals.

It also doesn’t support the latest Wi-Fi AC standard, though again this is overkill for a product of this type – if you want a high-speed extender that supports AC then you’ll need to pay a lot of money. Instead you get Wi-Fi b/g/n support.

D-Link Music Everywhere – Setup and Performance

Setup of the Music Everywhere is sadly not as simple as the rest of the mydlink Home range, which all run through a central mydlink Home app and use a nifty QR code reader to connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Instead, here you have a choice of three options for setting it up.

First, you can use WPS to connect the Music Everywhere to your network. Second you can connect to the Music Everywhere’s own default Wi-Fi signal then navigate to it’s own internal homepage to manually input your home network settings. Thirdly you can download another D-Link app called QRS, which can be used to search for and configure the device. It’s not difficult per se – especially if you’ve got a WPS-enabled router – but it’s definitely not as slick as the likes of the mydlink Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor or Smart Plug.

It’s not just that setup is more cumbersome but the lack of support for the mdlink Home app also means you can’t use it’s Actions and Places tools for managing how the Music Everywhere integrates with the rest of your smart home. For instance you can’t have the Wi-Fi Motion Sensor trigger the Music Everywhere to turn on, or have it operate according to a schedule.

Of course music playback isn’t an essential home security tool like those other devices but it would still be nice to control the whole lot through one app, especially as they come under the same marketing banner.

This situation is exacerbated by the fact that to play music from an Android phone you have to download yet another app – one that’s compatible with Airplay – and most of the options we found were not very slick. For playback from Apple products you can just select the Music Everywhere from the list of Airplay devices, while on Windows it’s also pretty easy as Windows Media Player and many other programs support DLNA.

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Despite all this the overall experience isn’t all that difficult – it’s just not super easy – and you’ll soon be streaming your audio to your heart’s content. Audio quality is certainly not of the absolute highest quality – after all, there’s a reason high-end digital to analogue audio converters can costs hundreds of pounds – but is more than adequate for the vast majority of casual home uses.

There is definitely something satisfying about not having to buy a whole new system to get wireless audio round your home and in fact having the facility actually detached from the sound system is useful for taking your wireless audio with you – got an old stereo in the garage? Now it can have wireless audio too. Just one or two of these devices – say one in the kitchen and one in the living room – really makes a difference to how you listen to music throughout your home.

For those with audio stored on their home NAS it is a shame you can’t control playback from your phone but that’s just a limitation on the app support so it could come in the future.

As for the Wi-Fi Extender, we had a few issues getting a reliable connection from it. This is something we’ve experienced before with Wi-Fi extenders, generally finding them quite temperamental, but the problem seemed a little more acute here. Part of the issue seemed to be that the range at which it would connect to our router reliably seemed to fall within the range where our router (an Asus RT-N66U) would still out perform it, i.e. it wasn’t actually extending the signal. Moving the Music Everywhere further away would cause it to drop its connection to the router, with only a less than 5m range where it actually worked properly.

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Jan 03

Do your staff need a way to easily and securely connect to the office when they’re out and about?

Many companies prefer to keep their data and software running on servers that are in their own offices, not in the cloud. That means your staff need a way to easily and securely connect to the office when they’re out and about.

The D-Link DWR-925 router

Virtual Private Networks have been the standard way to do this for close to two decades. Essentially, using some smart software, it’s possible to create an encrypted connection across the Internet. That requires some software on the client systems and a router that allows your internal network to securely connect to the outside world.

D-Link has introduced their new DWR-925 4G/LTE VPN Router. This device allows users to create a private network from the home or office with a simple setup and advanced configuration options that guarantee security and easy access to mobile broadband networks.

Given that your business needs to stay constantly connected, it has the capacity for you to connect two Internet services to the router. One can be your primary cable, ADSL or NBN connection with the other coming from the 4G/LTE modem that’s built into the device – all you need is a SIM card from your preferred carrier. That way, if the main connection fails, the D-Link DWR-925 can automatically failover to the secondary connection.

VPN support covers all the main bases with IPSec, L2TP, and PPTP connections supported. There are four Ethernet ports so you can connect wired devices within your network although these are limited to 10/100 connections and not the more recent Gigabit standard. Wireless connectivity is covered by 802.11 b/g/n. It lacks support for the more recent, and backwards compatible, 80211ac standard.

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Dec 31

Step 1: Open your web browser and enter http://dlinkrouter or http://dlinkrouter.local into the address bar.

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Step 2: At the login page, enter the Admin password. If you have not changed the administrator password, leave the field blank. Click Log In.

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Step 3: Move cursor to the Management tab and then click System.

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Step 4: Click Save the Settings To File.

Note: Depending on your browser, a ‘File Download’ dialog may appear, allowing you to select a location and file name for the settings file. The file may also be automatically saved to your default ‘Downloads’ folder.

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Dec 31

 Installation Repeater Mode

Find an available power outlet near your wireless router. Plug the supplied power adapter into your DAP-1665 and connect it to the outlet or to a surge protector. Press the Power switch on the back of the device. Verify that the Power LED is lit.

Note:
If your router does not have WPS, skip  to the section Configure Using a Web Browser.


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  • Press the WPS button on your existing wireless router or AP.
    Note: Usually the WPS LED will start to blink. If necessary, check your router’s user manual for more information.

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  • Within one minute, press and hold the WPS button on the side of the DAP-1665 for about one second. The WPS LED will blink. When the Security LED becomes a solid green, it means wireless security is enabled. Allow up to two minutes for the WPS process to complete.
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    ote: For optimal performance using Repeater Mode, place your DAP-1665 in between your router and your dead zone, making sure it’s placed in a location where the signal is still strong.

 

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Connect Your Wireless Devices

From your wireless device go to the Wireless Utility to display the available wireless networks and select the Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) that is located on your configuration card (ex: dlink-a8fa). Then, enter the Wi-Fi password which is also located on your configuration card. (ex: akbdj19368).

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  • Your device is now connected to the DAP-1665 and can connect to your wireless router.

 

 

Your setup is complete! 
Configure Using a Web Browser
  1. Find an available power outlet near your wireless router. Plug the supplied power adapter into your DAP-1665 and connect it to the outlet or to a surge protector. Press the Power switch on the back of the device. Verify that the Power LED is lit.A10718_image11
  2. From the computer connected to your wireless router, open a web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome). Enter http://dlinkap.local./. Windows XP users can enter http://dlinkap. Use the Setup Wizard to configure your AP manually.
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NOTE: The default IP address is 192.168.0.50. Once the DAP-1665 (in Repeater or Client mode) connects to your router, it will get assigned a new IP address based on your router/network’s DHCP settings. You will need to log in to your router and view the DHCP table to see what IP address was assigned to the DAP-1665. The MAC address is printed on the label on the bottom of the device.

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