Sep 13

In some countries, hotel rooms are connected via a LAN cable and Wi-Fi may be an optional paid service. That’s nice for a laptop, but what happens when you have a tablet or smartphone that you want to connect wirelessly?

A pocket router like the D-Link DIR-506L may be the answer.

Launched here late last week, this little gizmo lets you share a connection wirelessly among roommates at a hotel and even works on a rechargeable battery. You can plug it into a wall jack, but if you really want to bring it along on the go, it can be charged via USB as well.

Share an Internet connection on the go with this D-Link pocket router

Share an Internet connection on the go with this D-Link pocket router

But more than just a router, the D-Link DIR-506L has a built-in Shareport feature that lets you wirelessly share the contents of a hard drive or thumb drive plugged to its USB port.

In other words, if you got files to share, say, photos that you and your project group require on the road, this S$89 gadget will let everyone have them while you are all on the bus travelling from one place to another.

Finally, the DIR-506L can also double up as a tiny, unobtrusive repeater for your Wi-Fi network at home. In this mode, it merely helps to extend your wireless network while staying neatly out of sight.

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Sep 13

The D-Link Wireless N 300 Router (DIR-615) is ideal for upgrading your existing wireless home network. With QoS (Quality of Service) bandwidth optimization to analyze and separate multiple data streams, the DIR-615 has the smarts to handle multiple wireless devices and enable smooth streaming across your entire home network. Upgrading your home network to Wireless N 300 provides an excellent solution for sharing an Internet connection and files such as video, music, photos, and documents. Not only does the D-Link Wireless N 300 technology extend your wireless range, it’s also backwards compatible with previous-generation wireless devices.

D-Link DIR-615 Wireless Installation Considerations

D-Link DIR-615 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 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.

D-Link DIR-615 Wireless Installation Considerations

D-Link DIR-615 Wireless Installation Considerations

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.

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Sep 11

D-Link’s latest storage solution is pitched at small business and households looking to escape into the world of cloud storage. There’s four SATA bays, each of which can carry up to 4TB, with D-Link adding in compatibility with its own cloud cameras (for network video recording) plus connectivity to Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices.

D-Link Cloud Storage 4000 NAS

D-Link Cloud Storage 4000 NAS

Remote access from your phone or tablet is possible through either the dedicated app or D-Link’s portal website. There’s also a pair of ethernet jacks on the back, for full-speed file transfer and back-up. The Cloud Storage 4000 is priced up at $450 and includes an DLNA server which will hook-up with D-Link’s own BoxeeBox, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 — storage buffs can even setup automatic email and SMS event notifications. Read up on the finer details in the press release below.

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Apr 27

Step 1: Open your web browser such as Internet Explorer and enter the IP address of the D-Link DWL-7100AP access point in the Address bar and press Enter. The default IP address is 192.168.0.50.

Step 2: Enter your user name (admin) and your password (leave blank by default). Click OK.

Step 3: Click the Advanced tab and then click Grouping on the left side.

Step 4: Next to Load Balance, select Enabled from the drop-down box.

When you Enable Load Balance you allow several D-Link DWL-7100AP/DWL-7000AP access points to balance wireless network traffic and wireless clients among the access points with the same SSID. All the APs that share Load Balancing must have the same SSID. Assign each Access Point a different non-overlapping channel (e.g., 1, 6, 11).

Step 5: Next to Link Integrate, select Enable from the drop-down box.

When Link Integrate is Enabled, the wireless segment associated with the AP will be disconnected whenever the connection between the AP and the LAN is dropped.

Step 6: Click Apply and then click Continue to save your settings.

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Apr 27

To change or obtain an IP address automatically for the D-Link DWL-7100AP follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open your web browser and type the IP address of the access point in the address bar. The default IP address is 192.168.0.50. At the login, enter your username (admin) and password (default password is blank).

Step 2: Click on the Home tab and then click LAN.

Step 3: Select Dynamic (DHCP) from the drop-down list if you want the access point to receive an IP address automatically from a DHCP server or router, otherwise change the IP address manually (static).

We strongly suggest using a static IP address. The IP address is not used for networking, only for configuration. Make sure the IP address is within the same IP range as your network.

Step 4: Click the Apply button and click Continue to restart the access point.

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