Nov 13

The good: The D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router AC1300’s StreamBoost feature that intelligently prioritizes Internet bandwidth for gaming and real-time online applications.

The bad: The router lacks support for DynDNS and has a confusing interface. Performance is disappointing, especially compared with that of similarly priced routers.

The bottom line: The DGL-5500 has a lot of potential, but for now isn’t worth its high price.

Familiar physical design, totally new hardware

The D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router comes in the now-familiar vertical cylindrical design, first available in the DIR-645. It’s almost exactly the same in appearance as the DIR-868L — just shorter and slightly narrower — looking somewhat like the new Mac Pro, or more like a computer speaker than a router.

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Unlike the DIR-868L, however, the DGL-5500 can’t be wall-mounted. This is not a big deal, however, since most of the time a router is hidden in a corner or under the desk.

What is a big deal is that on the inside, the DGL-5500 is totally new. It’s the third 802.11ac (or AC for short) router from D-Link (the other two being the DIR-868L and DIR-865L) but unlike the previous two, it uses an 802.11ac chip from Qualcomm. This chip includes a feature called StreamBoost that intelligently monitors Internet traffic in real time and prioritizes the traffic based on type of application. The new router also supports only the second tier (dual-stream) setup of the 802.11ac standard, with a cap speed of just 867Mbps. Other AC routers can offer up to 1.3Gbps Wi-Fi speed.

Like all AC-enabled routers, the DGL-5500 is also a true dual-band 802.11n (N for short) router that offers up to 450Mbps of each of the two 5GHz frequency bands. In short, it supports all existing Wi-Fi clients on the market, regardless of their Wi-Fi standard revisions.

On the front the router has two round green LEDs that show thepower and Internet status. There are no other status lights for the network ports, which some users might miss. On the back, it has four gigabit LAN ports (for Ethernet-ready clients), one gigabit WAN port (to connect to an Internet source, such as a broadband modem), and a USB 3.0 port to host a USB device, such as a printer or an external hard drive. Also on the back are a power on/off button and a WPS button, which initiates a 2-minute window during which other WPS-enabled devices can enter the router’s Wi-Fi network.

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Setting up the DGL-5500 is typical of setting up a home router, as in this How To post. Basically, you plug the router into an outlet and connect its WAN port to an Internet source with an network cable (one is included with the router). Use another cable to connect a computer to one of the router’s LAN ports. If you don’t have a second cable, you can also use a Wi-Fi client (such as a computer or a tablet) and connect to the router’s default Wi-Fi networks. The router comes with a label with this information printed on it.

Now, from the connected computer you launch a browser and you will be greeted with a Web-based setup wizard that walks you through the process in a few simple steps. You can always go back to the router’s Web interface by pointing a browser from a connected computer to its default IP address, which is 192.168.0.1. The default log-in password is blank (keep the field clear).

New, sleek, but impractical Web interface

The D-Link DGL-5500’s Web interface is updated from the traditional well-organized and granular interface of most D-Link routers. The interface is now much sleeker with smooth animation during transitions. Main items are organized in a menu to the left and sub-items are organized in different tabs on top. The main part in the middle of the interface displays the settings of the current sub-item for you to customize. It’s generally self-explanatory.

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As I used the router, however, I found that the interface could use a lot of improvement: major configuration items are scattered in a disjointed way and some common settings are missing.

Take StreamBoost, the selling feature of the router, for example. This feature senses Internet traffic and automatically prioritizes the bandwidth, in real time, to make sure lag-sensitive applications such as online gaming and video chatting get priority while other, less important activities, such as file downloading, take a back seat. While this feature functioned well for the most part in my trials, the way it’s organized in the interface is terrible at best.

First of all, to turn StreamBoost on or off, you’ll need to go to Setup in the main menu and then the StreamBoost tab. (Here you can also opt in to StreamBoost’s Automatic Update, which regularly updates information on what application needs what type of priority. Joining this is generally a good thing, however, it does mean the router will send Qualcomm information about your network.) Once on, StreamBoost prioritizes the Internet by applications as well as by clients, which you can manually adjust in an entirely different part of the interface, the Priority tab in the My Network section. This separation makes StreamBoost and the priority list seem unrelated. It would be better if StreamBoost and all of its related settings were in one place.

Secondly, the priority list itself is very badly designed. Once StreamBoost is turned on, the interface arbitrarily puts all connected clients in a numeric order with No. 1 as the top priority. If you have multiple computers in a network, rearranging this list to match your desired priorities is usually a must, but unfortunately not easily. This is because you can move only one client at a time and only one step at a time. For example, if you want to move a computer from 3 to 1 you have to first move it to number 2, and then from 2 to 1. In other words, if you have 10 computers in your network and need to move the one at the bottom to the top, you will have to move it 10 times. It would be much less frustrating, especially in a large network, if you could just drag and drop the clients at will.

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Oct 22

On this article the user can configure the internal network settings of the D-Link DIR-645 router and also able to configure the built-in DHCP server to assign IP addresses to computers on the network. The IP address that is configured here is the IP address that is used to access the Web-based management interface. If you change the IP address in this section, you may need to adjust your PC’s network settings to access the network again.

Router IP Address:

Enter the IP address of the router. The default IP address is 192.168.0.1. If you change the IP address, once you click Apply, you will need to enter the new IP address in your browser to get back into the configuration utility.

Default Subnet Mask:

Enter the Subnet Mask. The default subnet mask is 255.255.255.0.

Host Name:

Enter a Host Name to identify this device.

Local Domain Name:

Enter the local domain name used here. (Optional).

Enable DNS Relay:

Uncheck the box to transfer the DNS server information from your ISP to your computers. If checked, your computers will use the router for a DNS server.

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D-Link DIR-645 DHCP Server Settings

DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Control Protocol. This device has a built-in DHCP server. The DHCP Server will automatically assign an IP address to the computers on the LAN/private network. Be sure to set your computers to be DHCP clients by setting their TCP/IP settings to “Obtain an IP Address Automatically.” When you turn your computers on, they will automatically load the proper TCP/IP settings provided by the router. The DHCP Server will automatically allocate an unused IP address from the IP address pool to the requesting computer. You must specify the starting and ending address of the IP address pool.

Enable DHCP Server:

Check this box to enable the DHCP server on your router. Uncheck to disable this function.

DHCP IP Address Range:

Enter the starting and ending IP addresses for the DHCP server’s IP assignment.

DHCP Lease Time:

The length of time for the IP address lease. Enter the Lease time in minutes.

Always Broadcast:

If all the computers on the LAN successfully obtain their IP addresses from the router’s DHCP server as expected, this option can remain disabled. However, if one of the computers on the LAN fails to obtain an IP address from the router’s
DHCP server, it may have an old DHCP client that incorrectly turns off the broadcast flag of DHCP packets. Enabling this option will cause the router to always broadcast its responses to all clients, thereby working around the problem, at the cost of increased broadcast traffic on the LAN.

NetBIOS announcement:

Check this box to allow the DHCP Server to offer NetBIOS configuration settings to the LAN hosts. NetBIOS allow LAN hosts to discover all other computers within the network, e.g. within Network Neighborhood.

Learn NetBIOS from WAN:

If NetBIOS announcement is switched on, it will cause WINS information to be learned from the WAN side, if available. Turn
this setting off to configure manually.

NetBIOS Scope:

This is an advanced setting and is normally left blank. This allows the configuration of a NetBIOS ‘domain’ name under which network hosts operate. This setting has no effect if the ‘Learn NetBIOS information from WAN’ is activated.

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NetBIOS node type:

This field indicates how network hosts are to perform NetBIOS name registration and discovery. H-Node, this indicates a Hybrid-State of operation. First WINS servers are tried, if any, followed by local network broadcast. This is generally the preferred mode if you have configured WINS servers. M-Node (default), this indicates a Mixed-Mode of operation. First Broadcast operation is performed to register hosts and discover other hosts, if broadcast operation fails, WINS servers are tried, if any. This mode favours broadcast operation which may be preferred if WINS servers are reachable by a slow network link and the majority of network services such as servers and printers are local to the LAN. P-Node, this indicates to use WINS servers ONLY. This setting is useful to force all NetBIOS operation to the configured WINS servers. You must have configured at least the primary WINS server IP to point to a working WINS server. B-Node, this indicates to use local network broadcast ONLY. This setting is useful where there are no WINS servers available, however, it is preferred you try M-Node operation first. This setting has no effect if the ‘Learn NetBIOS information from WAN’ is activated.

Primary WINS Server IP address:

Configure the IP address of the preferred WINS server. WINS Servers store information regarding network hosts, allowing
hosts to ‘register’ themselves as well as discover other available hosts, e.g. for use in Network Neighborhood. This setting has no effect if the ‘Learn NetBIOS information from WAN’ is activated.

Secondary WINS Server IP address:

Configure the IP address of the backup WINS server, if any. This setting has no effect if the ‘Learn NetBIOS information from WAN’ is activated.

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Oct 20

On this page the user can configure the Wireless settings for this device.There are 3 ways to configure Wireless using DIR-645router. Firstly, the user can choose to make use for the quick and easy Wireless Connection Setup Wizard. Secondly, the user can choose to make use Wi-Fi Protected Setup. Lastly, the user can configure the Wireless settings manually.

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Wireless Settings: Wireless Connection Setup Wizard

The Wireless Connection Setup Wizard is specially designed to assist basic network users with a simple, step-by-step set of instructions to configure the wireless settings of this router. It is highly recommended to customized the wireless network settings to fit into your environment and to add higher security.

To initiate the Wireless Connection Setup Wizard click on the Wireless Connection Setup Wizard button.

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Step 1: In this step, the user must enter a custom Wireless Network Name or SSID . Enter the new SSID name in the appropriate space provided. Secondly the user can choose between two wireless security wizard configurations. The user can select ‘Automatically assign a network key’, by which the D-Link DIR-645 router will automatically generate a WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key using the TKIP and AES encryption methods; or the user can select ‘Manually assign a network key’, by which the user
will be prompt to manually enter a WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key using the TKIP and AES encryption methods.

Click on the Prev button to return to the previous page. Click on the Next button to continue to the next page. Click on the Cancel button to discard the changes made and return to the main wireless page.

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Step 2: This step will only be available if the user selected ‘Manually assign a network key’ in the previous step. Here the user can manually enter the WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key in the Wireless Security Password space provided. The key entered must be between 8 and 63 characters long. Remember, this key will be used when wireless clients wants to connect to this device. So please remember this key to prevent future troubleshooting.

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Click on the Prev button to return to the previous page. Click on the Next button to continue to the next page. Click on the Cancel button to discard the changes made and return to the main wireless page.

Setup Complete: On this page the user can view the configuration made and verify whether they are correct.

Click on the Prev button to return to the previous page. Click on the Cancel button to discard the changes made and return to the main wireless page. Click on the Save button to accept the changes made.

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After click the Save button the device will save the settings made and return to the main wireless page.

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Oct 18

The D-Link DIR-645 Home Router Quick Install Guide

LEDs (from top to bottom)

Internet LED

A solid light indicates connection on the Internet port.

Wireless LED

A solid light indicates that the wireless segment is ready.

WPS LED/Button

This LED blinks during the WPS connection process. Once connected the LED will turn off. Press this button to configure your wireless clients using WPS. Refer to the next panel for more information.

Power LED/Button

A solid light indicates a proper connection to the power supply.

Windows users can use the Quick Router Setup Wizard (from the CD) to configuretheir router. If you do not want to use the wizard, lost your CD, or are running Mac or Linux, you will need to use the manual setup procedure.

Quick Router Setup Wizard

For the Wizard to work, the computer must be connected to the Internet and be online. If you have disconnected any hardware, please re-connect your computer back into the modem and make sure you are online.Insert the CD into your drive on a computer that is online and click Install to start the Quick Router Setup Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to install and configure your D-Link DIR-645 router.

Network Diagram

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Connect Wireless Clients Using WPS

Step 1 – Once you configure your router, you can connect your WPS-enabled clients to the router and it will automatically configure your client. Push the button on DIR-645 to initiate a secured wireless connection.

Step 2 – Within 120 seconds, push the WPS button on your wireless clients to link them together. During this process the WPS LED on the router will blink.

Step 3 – Once the WPS LED stops blinking, your wireless clients will be connected to the router and automatically configured.

Manual Setup

If you are using Mac or Linux, or are unable to use the wizard, use the manual setup outlined below and refer to the user manual on the CD for more information.

Step 1

Position your D-Link DIR-645 router close to your modem and the computer that is already online. Place this router in an open area of your intended work area for better wireless coverage.

Step 2

Unplug the Ethernet cable from your modem that is connected to your computer. Plug it into the blue port labeled 1 on the back of your router. The D-Link DIR-645 router is now connected to your computer.

Step 3

Plug one end of the included Ethernet cable that came with your router into the port labeled INTERNET on the back of the router. Plug the other end of this cable into the Ethernet port on your modem.

Step 4

Connect the supplied power adapter into the power port on the back of the router and then plug into a power outlet or surge protector. Verify the power light is lit.

Step 5

Open a web browser, enter http://192.168.0.1 (or http://dlinkrouter) and then press Enter. When the login window appears, set the user name to Admin and leave the password box blank. Click Log In to continue the setup. Please refer to
the user manual for more detailed installation information and advanced features.

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Oct 18

The D-Link DIR-645 Home Router DIR-645 Firmware Release Note

Firmware: v1.01
Hardware: A1

Problems Resolved:

1. Fix wrong WAN port position picture in wizard setup.
2. Fix syslog function
3. DCS-5220 IPCAM WPA/WPA2 IOT issue.

Enhancements:

1. IPv6 NTP server default is support.
2. Ipv6 NTP feature
3. Add QoS uplink/downlink list for user choice.

Uplink Speed :128K/256K/384K/512K/1M/2M/3M/5M/10M/20M
Downlink Speed : 1M//2M/3M/8M/10M/12M/16M/40M/50M/100M

Download Now:

ftp://ftp.dlink.com/Gateway/dir645/Firmware/dir645_FW_101.zip

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