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 07

Step 1: Run the CD and follow the on-screen instructions.

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Step 2: Select I accept the terms in the the license agreement and click on Next.

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Step 3: Type in the user you are installing the software application for. Choose Anyone who uses this computer to allow all users. Click on Next.

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Step 4: Select destination folder. Click Next.

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Step 5: Click Install to begin the installation process.

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Step 6: When prompted, Plug the DUB-9240 into your PC and click Next to continue process.

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Step 7: After the software has been installed, plug the USB dongle into an available USB port on your PC to establish a wireless connection to the DUB-9240.

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You may now plug your USB devices into the DUB-9240 hub.

Note:: For the best reception and performance, position the adapter vertically using the provided USB extension cable.

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Feb 06

D-Link Adds Another Home Media Box With The Pebble ,D-Link Pebble Lets You Stream Digital Content To Your TV Via Home Network.

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Nothing really revolutionary about this, we’ve seen a ton of these boxes that let you wirelessly stream content from your home network to your HDTV sets. The newest is the Pebble, from D-Link, who are better known for their networking equipment, like routers and such.

One thing that makes the D-Link Pebble stand apart from the tens hundreds of other digital media devices we’ve seen is its unique design. It’s shaped like, well, a pebble and its small, black and compact. No surprise that this is coming from D-Link, after all, they’re the ones behind the unique design of the Boxee Box.

On the technical side, nothing that will change your opinion of the space. It will can connect to a home network, either via Ethernet or 802.11n WiFi. From there, it can play any video or audio you want, or display pictures that are stored on networked computers or network attached storage.

Via the Pebble’s USB 2.0 ports, you can play content off of USB thumb drives or external hard drives attached to the device via USB. D-Link also has promised a SD card slot for further media-playing options. No word on what resolutions it will play, but D-Link promises that it can playback “high resolution quality” video. For video-out, it does have a HDMI 1.3 port.

D-Link will be aiming for the entry-level of the market and will only be charging $120 for the device. Excited? You can expect to start seeing the D-Link Pebble for sale online and in retail store sometime in the first half of 2010.

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Feb 06

This FAQ is for the DI-514, DI-524, DI-604, DI-614+, DI-624, DI-704P (revC), DI-704UP, DI-714P+, DI-754, DI-764, DI-774, DI-724GU and DI-784.

Step 1: Verify the IP address of the computer you want to access.

Step 2: Access the router´s web management by entering its IP address in the browser (192.168.0.1). Username is admin and the password is left blank.

Step 3: Click the Advanced tab, then click the Virtual Server button.

Step 4: Enter the following information: Click Enabled
# Private IP address: Enter the IP address of the computer you want to access.
# Protocol Type: Select Both.
# Public Port/Private Port: Enter 3389 in both the public and private port fields.
# Schedule: Click Always.

Step 5: Click Apply and then Continue.

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Step 6: To access the computer from the Internet, you must use the WAN IP address of the router, not the computer. To get the WAN IP address of the router, login as above and click on the Status tab.

NAT does not allow forwarding the same service port to multiple computers.

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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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