Sep 10

Hardware Overview LEDs


Diag. -The light will blink during boot up system auto-check.Once the access point is ready, the light will be off.

5 GHz – When lit, the access point is operating at 5GHz. This light will blink when there is wireless traffic.

2.4 GHz – When lit, the access point is operating at 2.4GHz.This light will blink when there is wireless traffic.

LAN1, LAN2 – Solid light when the Ethernet port is connected to a working port, such as a router or switch. The light will blink
when there is traffic through LAN port.

POWER – The light will blink during boot up. Once solid, the access point is ready.

Installing the Hardware


You may power the access point using one of the following methods.

1. Use the power adapter included in the package

2. Connect the access point to an external power-over-Ethernet (POE) switch


You may configure the access point using one of the following methods.

1. Directly connect the access point to a computer. You may then configure the access point through its graphical user interface (GUI).

2. Connect the access point to your computer using the included console cable. You may then configure the access point through its command
line interface (CLI)

Mounting Plate Assembly

Step 1: Insert the provided wall anchors in the wall where the mounting plate will be attached.


Step 2: Use the provided screws to secure the mounting plate on the wall.


Step 3: Attach the remaining screws securely to the back of the D-Link DWL-8610AP.


Step 4: Attach the DWL-8610AP to the mounting plate.


Step 5: Slide the DWL-8610AP down into the grooves on the mounting plate to secure it to the plate.


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Jul 04

D-Link’s DSL-2890AL has been out since last year, but somehow it’s managed to miss inclusion in the round-ups and reviews we’ve done in APC since. We therefore took the opportunity of the release of the new limited edition D-Link DSL-2890AL/LE version — which is essentially identical to the normal version, but comes in bright red — to give it a test run. (For those who aren’t after the lipstick look, it’s also available in a more discrete black version.)


Even two years in, 802.11ac routers with built-in ADSL modems are still fairly thin on the ground, so it’s something of a relief that the DSL-2890AL is a relatively good option. It combines solid wireless performance with an easy-to-use web interface and a good spread of features — and it does so at a fair price.

Despite not being the newest router on the market, things are still reasonably impressive from a hardware standpoint — like the bulk of 802.11ac routers, this one’s based on a Broadcom chipset and comes with four Gigabit Ethernet ports (and you can reconfigure one of these as a WAN port for hooking into the NBN) plus one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port for plugging in storage devices or a printer. (There’s a caveat to using that USB 3.0 port for storage — D-Link’s interface warns you that it “may” interfere with 2.4GHz wireless performance.

Thankfully, you can switch the port to USB 2.0 mode to avoid this, which is still fast enough for even the most demanding media streaming.) There’s also tweaker-pleasing features like a hardware power switch (no more yanking the power cable) and dedicated Wi-Fi on/off button.

Router interfaces have come a long way in the last decade, and D-Link’s are some of the best examples of that. The web interface here is one of the easiest to use, making initial set up a synch, but also providing detailed and helpful configuration tips and information for advanced features. This is displayed off to the right-hand side of basically every setting page — and it’s all in well-written, easy-to-understand English so even relatively novice networkers can figure out what each setting does. It’s even good at suggesting settings — warning you with a pop-up, for example, if you try to leave the Wi-Fi settings page without turning on security.

The D-Link DSL-2890AL/LE is not lacking for software features either. You can run both DLNA and iTunes servers from connected USB devices and also share USB drive files with PCs via the standard Samba protocol. There’s reasonably fine-grained control over network prioritisation in the quality of service screen, with some preconfigured rules already in place (prioritising YouTube traffic highly to avoid streaming problems, for example) and you can even specify what percentage of your connection each of the four priority settings is allowed to hog.

Likewise there’s better-than-average control over network access, with website filtering and scheduled network access times that can be applied to specific devices — you could prevent a specific PC from accessing a certain website and shut down its access completely between 10pm and a 6am, for example.

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Nov 26

The best way to navigate through any network is by using a router, but beware all routers are not created equally. One of the best dual band wireless router you can use today is the D-Link DIR-868L, which is designed to enable the efficient flow of your network bandwidth, with robust security features. The D-Link Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router is designed to deliver reliable next generation coverage and wireless speed to all your digital Wi-Fi devices.


When you look closely at the D-Link DIR-868L, the unique cylinder shape is bound to catch your attention. This type of design makes it difficult to place the router in any angle you want or mount it on a wall. Not been able to place it on your wall won’t matter much, as you’re getting the router to enable faster connections and give you uninterrupted Wi-Fi. This premium wireless router comes with dual band speeds of 450 and 1300Mbps, and has features that helps the device avoid interferences in your connections.

This best Wi-Fi router is what you need to stream HD video, games, TV shows, and connect multiple devices all at the same time. Since this router uses the latest most advanced routing AC technology, it also has features that makes it compatible with the old still popular 802.11a/b/g/n technology. This most powerful wireless router has free mobile apps designed for easy setup, instant remote monitoring, and quick and immediate access to digital contents from anywhere using your tablet or smartphone.

The d link cloud router is truly optimized to support instant free internet access, file sharing, online gaming and video streaming. It uses a special SmartBeam technology which comes with the power to enhance your Wi-Fi connection. With this dual band router, you’ll be able to access media on the 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequencies at the same time without losing signal power.

The simple design do come with some limitations. It only has two different color lights, which are the internet and power buttons. You should be aware that the device cannot be used as an access point or media bridge, as is common with other premium wireless routers. In simple terms, you can use it as an 802.11ac client for best Ethernet-ready devices. Regardless, you’re able to still connect to the internet via Ethernet as an 802.11n client. If these features are truly important to you, you can buy a separate device to use to help with those features you require.

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Nov 26

D-Link recently overhauled its line of routers and replaced them with 802.11ac models. We tested the new flagship product, the D-Link DIR-868L, which is capable of some very impressive performance indeed.


And while the technology inside is new, D-Link is continuing with the black cylindrical water kettle design introduced with last year’s DIR-645. It also features the SmartBeam technology first used in the DIR-645. The concept uses 6 multi-directional antennas to find and track individual devices, then focus beams of bandwidth to those particular devices.

D-Link routers typically are not the cheapest, but the DIR-868L is on the level of the high-end models from ASUS, Linksys, Netgear and Sitecom. It has an average price of £130.

The vertical, cylindrical design of the D-Link DIR-868L is definitely unique, and D-Link kept it minimalistic as well. The front has two LEDs, one to indicate it’s on and the other to tell you whether it has Internet. Green is good, orange means there is no connection.

The back features four LAN ports and a WAN port, all gigabit of course. The WPS button and the USB 3.0 port are located above the network ports, the power switch and power adapter are below them. The WPS button is very tiny, and is not always easy to locate when you’re in front of the router.

If you want to hang the D-Link DIR-868L on the wall, the bottom has grooves you can slide screws into. Due to the design, the router will stand out quite a bit from the wall.

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Mar 18

D-Link offers an app for your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone (iOS 4.3 or higher) to install and configure your D-Link DIR-845L router.

Step 1:

From your iPad, Touch, or iPhone, go to the iTunes Store and search for ‘D-Link’. Select QRS Mobile and then download it.You may also scan this code to download.

Step 2:

Once your app is installed, you may now configure your router.Connect to the router wirelessly by going to your wireless utility on your device. Scan for the wireless network name (SSID) as listed on the supplied info card. Select and then enter your security password (Wi-Fi Password).

Step 3:

Once you connect to the router, launch the QRS mobile app and it will guide you through the installation of your D-Link DIR-845L router.

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