Apr 22

D-Link and Windows 7 Working Together To Make Networking Easy

D-Link and Microsoft have a shared vision of anywhere, anytime access to a person’s digital world. With D-Link networking devices and Windows 7, users are able to realize this vision. Due to the automatic setup and connectivity capabilities built into Windows 7, it’s easy to get the most out of your D-Link network. Microsoft, with Windows 7, is looking at the bigger picture of the entire network and not just individual devices.

Now, when you start plugging in all your devices, they will be auto-discovered and auto-configured. This will help you realize additional functionality out of your network and devices. The key to a great user experience is connectivity and Windows 7 provides D-Link with a platform and the proper resources to insure our devicesprovide a seamless connectivity experience out of the box. D-Link Certified Products 1.Xtreme N Storage Router(DIR-685) The new Xtreme N Storage Router (DIR-685) makes networking easier by combining the superior features of a wireless N router, a built-in Network Attached Storage (NAS) and a digital photo frame. 2.

D-Link Certified Products

1.Xtreme N Storage Router(DIR-685)

The new Xtreme N Storage Router (DIR-685) makes networking easier by combining the superior features of a wireless N router, a built-in Network Attached Storage (NAS) and a digital photo frame.
(Hardware version A1, Firmware version 1.01)

2.Xtreme N Duo Media Router(DIR-855)

We pulled out all the stops on this router. It is D-Link Green™ compliant, has dual band technology, an OLED display and the power of Xtreme N®. Not to mention good looks.
(Hardware version A2, Firmware version 1.21)

3.Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router(DIR-825)

It’s like two routers in one. This Xtreme N® router operates on dual band Wi-Fi signals, making it easy to stream HD content while browsing the Internet without bogging down your network.
(Hardware version B1, Firmware version 2.02)

4.Xtreme N Gaming Router(DGL-4500)

This Xtreme N® Gaming Router was built with the gamer in mind and is loaded with features to get your game going smoother. Lag is no longer an excuse.
(Hardware version A2, Firmware version 1.21)

5.Xtreme N Gigabit Router(DIR-655)

The Xtreme N® Gigabit Router creates a powerful Wi-Fi computer network in your home and is jam-packed with features. It’s our most highly rated router for a reason.
(Hardware version A4, Firmware version 1.32)

6.RangeBooster N Dual Band Router(DIR-628)

This RangeBooster N® Wireless Router truly has it all – selectable dual bands for HD streaming, parental controls for security and much more. For bragging rights.
(Hardware version A2, Firmware version 1.22)

7.Wireless N Router(DIR-615)

Say goodbye to your wired network once and for all and say hello to a reliable and affordable Wi-Fi connection with D-Link’s DIR-615 Router.
(Hardware version C1, Firmware version 3.11)

8.Wireless N 150 Home Router(DIR-601)

Create a wireless network, share high-speed Internet access and files from greater distances compared to existing 802.11g technology with the D-Link Wireless N 150 Home Router (DIR-601).

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Apr 07

D-Link’s DCS-5635 wireless remote-surveillance camera is a powerful and versatile network camera that provides high-quality live video over the Internet, along with a variety of additional features and functionalities for professional-grade remote monitoring and recording.

The D-Link DCS-5635 is a wireless, network camera designed for professional surveillance and remote monitoring. It packs a number of high-end surveillance and camera capabilities, including motorized pan and tilt, and it uses a micro-SD card for on-device storage of video content. The gadget’s powerful processor also enables multiple video streams, motion-detector-based recording and DVD-quality video resolution up to 30 frames per second.


The D-Link DCS-5635 connects to wireless networks using 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi or wired networks using a Fast Ethernet port. One of the coolest features is its 10x optical-zoom lens which enables the device to capture small details from a distance, such as license-plate numbers and facial features. The impressive range of capabilities built into the DCS-5635 remote-surveillance camera makes it perfect for keeping an eye on things while you are away from home or out of the office.

D-Link DCS-5635 Installation Process

The DCS-563e requires very little assembly; you can attach a small mounting plate if you so desire, but that’s it for parts. I simply took the network camera out of its packing foam and removed three plastic stubs used to secure it during transportation. Next, I connected the two white Wi-Fi antennas and plugged the device into an Ethernet port on my network switch before connecting the included AC adapter and turning on the power. I was good to go after that.

As is the case with all network appliances, an IP address needs to be assigned to the DCS-5635. D-Link bundled an setup PC application on a CD-ROM install disc that automatically scanned my local network for new cameras and allowed an IP address to be easily allocated. The same disc also contains the product documentation and the D-ViewCam video-management software for managing other security cameras on the same network. (More on that coming up.)

After I assigned an IP address to the camera, I was able to log into the associated Web interface from my Chrome browser. I went into the “Wireless Setup” page and entered in the requisite information for the network camera to connect to my wireless network and was then able to unplug the Ethernet cable. And an adjustable toggle lets automatically flip video orientation for when the DCS-5635 is mounted upside down on a ceiling or sideways on a wall.

General Impressions of D-Link DCS-5635

To test the unit, I viewed video from the camera on multiple devices simultaneously, using the bundled D-ViewCam software, a Web browser, iPad and an iPhone. The streaming didn’t skip a beat as the network camera generated multiple streams of video in different resolutions. In total, four separate video streams can be defined under the “Audio and Video” settings, with options including Encode Type (H.264, MPEG4, JPEG), resolution (Max 704×480) and quality, which can be defined by frame rate or data rate. A Real Time Streaming Protocol (RSTP) URL can also be customized for use with compatible viewers.

So how does the DCS-5635 fare in real life scenarios? A security camera is only useful if it’s reliable, so I configured a patrol circuit and basically left it panning non-stop from left to right for a week. I was pleased to see that it continued to function solidly and has not frozen or crashed at all. So I give it a high reliability rating.

What impressed me most about the DCS-5635 is its ability to see practically every corner of a room. This is due to its ability to pan left and right by 165 degrees each way and tilt upwards 34 degrees and downwards by 87 degrees. D-Link also packing in an autofocus feature, which help to ensure all images remain sharp. In the unlikely case that autofucus doesn’t deliver the desired result, it is also possible to adjust the focus manually.

The DCS-5635 doesn’t work in the dark, but its minimum-illumination level of 0.02 Lux means that very little light is necessary for it to capture decent image quality. In my tests, I found dim light to be sufficient.The DCS-5635 also comes with a built-in microphone and speaker, though I only used it briefly to verify that it worked. Honestly, I wouldn’t expect audiophile-worthy sound quality.

As noted earlier, the unit come withs the D-ViewCam video-management software, a powerful application that lets you manage up to 32 network cameras in multiple split-screen modes. It is also capable of recording them into storage, and it controls various aspects of the DSC-5635 including pan, tilt and zoom functions.

D-Link DCS-5635: Conclusions

Despite a few shortcomings, the D-Link DCS-5635 network camera is a very well designed product. It’s is notworthy due to its range of advanced capabilities and its ability to operate as a standalone product or in conjunction with the bundled D-ViewCam software.


On the flip side, its high price point could be a huge deterrent for organization looking to deploy multiple camera units; it may be cheaper to engage a vendor should a larger-scale solution be needed. For small businesses and gadget-loving folks out there, though, the DCS-5635 is an excellent off-the-shelf PTZ camera that can be used right out of the box. If you need a network camera with PTZ to keep an eye on things, then the DCS-5635 could be just right for you.

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Apr 06

The DHCP address pool defines the range of the IP address that can be assigned to stations in the network. A Dynamic Pool allows wireless stations to receive an available IP with lease time control. If needed or required in the network, the DAP-2553 is capable of acting as a DHCP server.

Function Enable/Disable:

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) assigns dynamic IP addresses to devices on the network. This protocol simplifies network management and allows new wireless devices to receive IP addresses automatically without the need to manually assign new IP addresses. Select Enable to allow the D-Link DAP-2553 to function as a DHCP server.


IP Assigned From:

Input the first IP address available for assignment on your network.

The Range of Pool (1-254):

Enter the number of IP addresses available for assignment. IP addresses are increments of the IP address specified in the “IP Assigned From” field.

Subnet Mask:

All devices in the network must have the same subnet mask to communicate. Enter the submask for the network here.


Enter the IP address of the gateway on the network.


Specify the Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) server address for the wireless network. WINS is a system that determines the IP address of a network computer that has a dynamically assigned IP address.


Enter the IP address of the Domain Name System (DNS) server. The DNS server translates domain names such as www.dlink.com into IP addresses.

Domain Name:

Enter the domain name of the network, if applicable. (An example of a domain name is: www.dlink.cc.)

Lease Time(60-31536000 sec):

The lease time is the period of time before the DHCP server will assign new IP addresses.

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Apr 04

Quality of Service (QoS) enhances the experience of using a network by prioritizing the traffic of different applications. A QoS Rule identifies a specific message flow and assigns a priority to that flow. For most applications, the priority classifiers ensure the right priorities and specific QoS Rules are not required. QoS supports overlaps between rules. If more than one rule matches a specific message flow, the rule with the highest priority will be used.

QoS (Quality of Service):

Enable this option if you want to allow QoS to prioritize your traffic Priority Classifiers.


Allows the D-Link DAP-2553 access point to recognize HTTP transfers for many common audio and video streams and prioritize them above other traffic. Such streams are frequently used by digital media players.


When enabled, this option causes the access point to automatically attempt to prioritize traffic streams that it does not otherwise recognize, based on the behavior that the streams exhibit. This acts to de-prioritize streams that exhibit bulk transfer characteristics, such as file transfers, while leaving interactive traffic, such as gaming or VoIP, running at a normal priority.


Name: Enter a name for the new QoS rule in the field provided.

Priority: Use the drop-down menu to select the desired priority: Background (BK), Best Effort (BE), Video (VI), or Voice (VO).

Protocol: Use the drop-down menu to choose the appropriate protocol used by the messages: Any, TCP, UDP, Both, IMCP, or Other.

Host 1 IP Range: The rule applies to a flow of messages for which one computer’s IP address falls within the range set here.

Host 1 Port Range: The rule applies to a flow of messages for which host 1’s port number is within the range set here when the Protocol is set to TCP, UDP, or Both.

Host 2 IP Range: The rule applies to a flow of messages for which the other computer’s IP address falls within the range set here.

Host 2 Port Range: The rule applies to a flow of messages for which host 2’s port number is within the range set here when the Protocol is set to TCP, UDP, or Both.

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Mar 30

Unified networking solutions provider D-Link extended its unified wireless solutions for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to include the DWC-1000 Wireless Controller, the DWL-6600AP Dual-Band Unified Wireless Access Point and DWL-3600AP 2.4 GHz Single-Band Unified Wireless Access Point, and the DWS-3160-24TC and DWS-3160-24PC Unified Wireless Managed Switches.

Designed to help businesses deploy, manage and secure a wireless network across multiple locations, D-Link’s portfolio of wireless solutions offers remote management and scalability for expanding wireless applications.

The D-Link DWC-1000 Unified Wireless Controller is designed to centrally manage and control a wireless infrastructure while addressing the demands of a growing organization, featuring one-time configuration and dispatch to manage wireless access points (APs). It can configure and control up to 24 APs and cluster up to four controllers, enabling users to manage up to 96 APs. As new APs are added, the DWC-1000 can automatically detect and configure new channels, eliminating the need to manually assign a new radio frequency (RF) channel for each AP. In addition, the DWC-1000 provides remote management capabilities, including the changing of encryption keys and passwords, fast roaming between APs and delivering automatic channel adjustments without the need to reconfigure each AP.

The DWC-1000 also automatically adjusts radio channels and power to avoid interference and keep the wireless network in an optimized state and offers centralized management for six APs, upgradeable to 24, with an optional VPN, router and firewall license to add remote access connectivity with secure site-to-site tunneling. The appliance supports WEP, Dynamic WEP, WPA/WPA2 Personal/Enterprise security, Wireless Intrusion Detection Systems (WIDS) and Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems (WIPS).

Offering speeds of up to 300M bps and Wireless N technology, the DWL-6600AP and DWL-3600AP Unified Wireless Access Points are designed to provide enhanced signal quality, high data throughput and increased connectivity with less interference for businesses requiring high-bandwidth services, such as video streaming and video conferencing. Both APs feature 2X2 embedded antennas and IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE).

The appliances also support AP clustering for management and configuration, allow integration with the DWC-1000 controller, DWS-3160 wireless switch and other D-Link network devices, are backward-compatible with previous-generation wireless standards, feature a Gigabit Ethernet port with 802.3af PoE and 64-/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2 Personal/Enterprise security protection.

The DWS-3160-24TC and DWS-3160-24PC Unified Wireless Managed Switches combine the functionality of a wireless controller with an L2+ managed switch, with the ability to manage up to 48 APs or up to 192 APs in a switch cluster. The DWS-3160 series offers centralized security to ensure maximum network reliability, including WIDS to detect rogue APs and clients, Radio Frequency Scan to detect potential network security breaches, and 802.1X Network Access Control.

D-Link’s portfolio of unified wireless solutions will be available in April through D-Link’s network of channel partners, including value-added resellers, solution providers and distributors. The DWC-1000 Wireless Controller DWC-1000 retails for $799.99. The DWL-6600AP Dual-Band Unified Wireless Access Point is listed at $549.99. The DWL-3600AP 2.4 GHz Single-Band Unified Wireless Access Point carries a price of $349.99, and the DWS-3160-24TC and DWS-3160-24PC Unified Wireless Managed Switches come in at $2,241.99 and $4,013.99, respectively.

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