Jul 04

Awhile ago, Cisco refreshed its E series of routers and switches. Today, D-Link introduced its own by announcing its Amplifi family of high-performance home networking solutions.

The company says the new products are designed to offer fast performance for even the most demanding connected homes. They include two routers (the HD Media Router 1000 with HD Fuel DIR-657 and the Whole Home Router 1000 D-Link DIR-645), a Wi-Fi Booster (DAP-1525) and three Powerline 500 products (DHP-500AV, DHP-501AV, and DHP-540). Though announced today, most of these products were first introduced during CES 2011

D-Link says that the HD Media Router 1000 with HD Fuel (DIR-657) is capable of automatically managing traffic flow and and prioritizing broadband connections for different services, such as media streaming, gaming, or voice over IP. The router boasts Gigabit Ethernet ports, USB SharePort Plus, and an SD card slot for accessing HD media and streaming USB devices.

The Whole Home Products with SmartBeam, similarly, optimizes home wireless network bandwidth to handle HD video streams. D-Link claims that its SmartBeam uses six multidirectional antennas to find and track individual devices, then focuses beams of bandwidth to those devices, to ensure stable wireless connections.

Both new routers are single-band (2.4Ghz) and supports 300Mbps wireless N standard. This is rather surprising, as most recent high-end routers feature true dual-band and/or the higher 450Mbps wireless standard. To make up for this, both of the new routers support IPv6 natively.

The new Wi-Fi Booster (DAP-1525), on the other hand, does support dual-band (selectable 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz). It’s essentially a wireless bridge, similar to the D-Link’s previous version, the DAP-1513, and is designed to extend an existing router’s wireless signal to up to four Ethernet-ready devices. The new device features Gigabit Ethernet, SharePort Plus, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, and IPv6 support.

If the new routers seem a little behind the time due to the lack of support for true dual-band, D-Link’s new Powerline products are all features the latest 500Mbps speed (as opposed to the 200Mbps of the HomePlug AV standard). The three new products include a single adapter (DHP-500AV), a kit that include two adapters (DHP-501AV), and a PowerLine AV 500 four-port Gigabit Switch (DHP-540). Apart from that, they share the same function of turning a home’s electrical wiring into a network, extending the existing network to the far corner of the home.

Apart from the D-Link DIR-645 that will be available in August (at the estimated price of around $120), the rest of the products are available now. The HD Media router DIR-657 is slated to cost $150, the Wi-Fi Booster (DAP-1525) is $160 and the three Powerline products, DHP-500AV adapter, DHP-501AV Starter Kit and DHP-540 Four-Port Gigabit Switch have the price tags of $100, $160, and $200, respectively.

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Jul 02

DAP-1525 Wireless Modes

Access Point Mode – The DAP-1525 acts as a central connection point for any wireless client that has an 802.11n or backward-compatible 802.11g wireless network interface and is within range of the AP. Multiple clients can connect to the AP at the same time. You may chose 2.4GHz or 5GHz with the mode switch.

Bridge Mode – The D-Link DAP-1525 wirelessly connects separate local area networks (LANs) that can’t easily be connected together with a cable.

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One Touch AP Configuration

1. Press the WPS button on your Router or Access Point. WPS LED will flash on and off.
2. Press WPS Push Button on the DAP-1525 and hold it for 5 seconds.
3. When One click AP setup is complete, your DAP-1525 will have the same Wireless settings as your existing Router or AP.

WPS – Push Button Setup

Step 1 – Insert the power adapter into the power receptacle located on the rear panel of the DAP-1525 and plug the adapter into a suitable nearby power source. (This unit is to be used only with the power supply provided by the manufacturer)

Step 2 – Check the status of the DAP-1525 by checking the LED (orange LED blinks at bridge mode and green LED blinks at AP mode). Push the button on the right hand side of the DAP-1525 to initiate a secured wireless connection.

Step 3 – Within 120 seconds, push the WPS button on your WPS-enabled router or access point (if the DAP-1525 is in Bridge Mode) or your wireless clients (AP Mode) to link them together.

Step 4 – Once the WPS button stops blinking, you can move the DAP-1525 to the desired location.

Step 5 – Plug the Ethernet cable between the device you wish to use and theDAP-1525, and then power on the DAP-1525.

D-Link DAP-1525 Configuration

Step 1 – Connect the D-Link DAP-1525 to your computer using the supplied Ethernet cable. Once you configure the device, you can place it into your network.

Note: To login to your DAP-1525, you must statically assign an IP address (192.168.0.x where x is between 2 and 254, and not 50) on your computer. Refer to the Networking Basics section in the user manual located on the supplied CD for more information.

Step 2 – To access the configuration utility, open a web browser such as Internet Explorer and enter dlinkap or 192.168.0.50 in the address field.

Step 3 – Type admin and then enter your password. Leave the password blank by default.

Step 4 – Once you login, click Launch Wireless Setup Wizard to configure your D-Link DAP-1525.

Step 5 -Select the configuration method. You may select either WPS or Manual, then follow the on-screen instructions to configure your DAP-1525.

Step 6 – If you selected Manual, enter a name for your network. Then, enter a key for your network key. Click Next to continue.

Step 7 – Once you are finished configuring your DAP-1525, you may disconnect the Ethernet cable and place it in your network. Also, change your IP settings on your computer back to the original values.
For more information on configuration

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Apr 29

D-Link passed its SmartBeam entry Point, style amount D-Link  DAP-1525, pictured above, by method of the FCC today. This sleek equipment could be utilized like a conventional WiFi router, or like a wireless bridge to extend your wireless network. The equipment facilitates dual-band Wireless-N, and features six-element directional antennae and 4 gigabit Ethernet ports on its back.

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While this features is not especially unique, the design and design from the sensible Beam entry place is particular to turn heads. as opposed to common rectangular entry points, the sensible Beam entry place carries a cylindrical type and is also developed to stand vertically like a can of Pringles. nobody mentioned you cannot be trendy will eliminating WiFi lifeless zones.

The SmartBeam entry place could be released this Spring for $150.

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