Nov 10

Step 1: Unplug the power to your cable/DSL Internet modem

 

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Step 2: Connect an Ethernet cable from your computer to a LAN port (Port 1, 2, 3 or 4) on the DIR-810L

 

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Step 3: Connect your cable/DSL modem to the Internet port on the DIR-810L

 

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Step 4: Plug in the power for your cable or DSL broadband modem and wait for two minutes

Step 5: Power on both the DIR-810L and your Internet cable/DSL modem

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Step 6: Open your web browser and enter http://dlinkrouter or http://dlinkrouter.local or http://192.168.0.1 into the address bar

 

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Step 7: If this is your first time logging in to the router, the Setup Wizard will start automatically. This wizard is designed to guide you through a step-by-step process to configure your new D-Link router and connect to the Internet. Click Next to continue.

 

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Please wait while your router detects your Internet connection type. After the router detects your Internet connection, you may need to enter information such as a username and password. To obtain these, you will need to speak to the company that provides your Internet, also known as an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

 

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If the router detects an Ethernet connection but does not detect the type of Internet connection you have, the below screen will appear. Click “Guide me through the Internet connection settings” to display a list of connection types to choose from.

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Select your Internet Connection type: Dynamic or PPPoE

DHCP – Select this if you have cable Internet service. You will likely not need to type in any extra information

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PPPoE – Select this if you have DSL Internet service. You will likely need to input some information to get Internet access

Username: Your Internet username (Provided by your Internet Service Provider)

Password: Your Internet password (Provided by your Internet Service Provider)

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For both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies, create a name (SSID) for your Wi-Fi network. Each Wi-Fi network will also need a password of at least 8 characters. Your wireless clients will need to have this passphrase or key entered to be able to connect to your wireless network. Click Next to continue. (Password suggestion: please use a password that is easy for you to remember but obscure for others to guess. Strong passwords include letters and numbers in various positions.)

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In order to secure your router, please create a password to access the router firmware. This should be different from the password to connect to the Wi-Fi network.

 

Click Next to continue.

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You can check the Enable Graphical Authentication box to enable CAPTCHA authentication for added security. CAPTCHA is demonstrated by the arrow in the login screen as below and helps protect against automated attacks:

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Select your time zone from the drop-down menu and click Next to continue.

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The Setup Complete window is followed by your Wi-Fi settings. Click Next and Connect to continue.

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If you want to create a bookmark to the router management page, click OK. Click Cancel if you do not want to create a bookmark.

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If you clicked Yes, a window may appear (depending on what web browser you are using) to create a bookmark.

 

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mydlink Cloud Services registration:

With mydlink Cloud Services you can remotely manage, control and monitor your home network from anywhere by using the mydlink Lite mobile app or mydlink web portal. Now, parents can view sites kids are visiting and what devices are connected to your network.

 

You may choose Next to register this device with mydlink for free. Or you may choose Skip to register later.

 

To get started with mydlink Cloud Services, you are required to have a mydlink account and need to register this router to the mydlink account. Select “Yes, I have a mydlink account” if you have previously registered a mydlink account; Select “No, I want to register and login with a new mydlink account” if you would like to create a new mydlink account.

 

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  1. a) If you selected “Yes, I have a mydlink account,” please enter your existing mydlink account name and password. Then choose Login.

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  1. b) If you selected “No, I want to register and login with a new mydlink account,” please fulfill the required information in order to create a new mydlink account.

Note: The mydlink password is the password to log in to the mydlink web portal and mydlink mobile apps. This is NOT the same as your router’s Password.

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Sep 03

D-Link DIR-810L Wireless AC750 Dual-Band Router

This is the new entry level router in D-Link’s impressive DIR-8xx series, of which the DIR-880L flagship is our current benchmark. Sitting at the opposite end of the scale, the 810L sports an ultra-low price point to bring 802.11ac to the masses but are the inevitable compromises too much?

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D-Link DIR-810L – Design

At just 156.5 x 113.2 x 53.6 mm and 184.7g the 810L is one of the smallest routers we’ve tested and a departure from the company’s usual midrange tubular design. Like the design departure in the 880L though D-Link has done well. The 810L’s gently curving fascia and subtle radial pattern are backed up with solid build quality such that this doesn’t feel like a cheap router. 

There are a couple of weak spots. The only notification lights are power (which flashes when WPS is activated) and Internet connectivity, while the front gets noticeably warm but never dangerously so. Ultimately the 810L is neat, small and will blend into most rooms – likely all the target market will care about. 

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D-Link DIR-810L – Features

Given its key feature of AC wireless, the fact the 810L costs under £40 is quite frankly remarkable – but don’t get too excited. Unsurprisingly the 802.11ac configuration is the slowest available (433 theoretical megabits), slower than many premium (though more expensive) 802.11n routers. In combination with a 300Mbit 802.11n configuration the 810L called itself an AC750 device.

But this is misleading. Like the disappointing Asus RT-AC-52U, D-Link has equipped the 810L with both Fast Ethernet LAN and WAN ports. This limits both Internet and local network speeds to 100Mbps (12.5MBps) which equates to circa 11.5MBps in real world use. With many Internet connections over 100Mbps these days and even mainstream NAS boxes capable of 10x that, this will be a deal breaker for hardcore users but then again that’s not the target audience for this router.

If 100Mbit is good enough for you, then the rest of the specs should be too. The 810L supports D-Link’s ever improving ‘mydlink’ Cloud service for remote router access, WPS/WPA/WPA2 security and IPv6. The one niggle may be the absence of a USB port for networking a printer or external USB drive, but again it comes down to the target audience.

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D-Link DIR-810L – Setup

What D-Link will be counting on in appealing to mainstream consumers is the pull of its brand and this extends to its user friendly setup. 

D-Link may not automatically open a browser tab like Asus and Linksys when you first connect to it, but typing 192.168.0.1 (as detailed in the user manual) isn’t too much effort and from that point the setup wizard kicks in. The mydlink experience looks every bit as good as the DIR-880L, it works with D-Link’s mobile apps and for advanced users they can still access the venerable orange and black, text-based UI. 

Pros

 

  • Excellent range performance for the price
  • Smart, compact design
  • Simple setup
  • Incredibly low price

Cons

 

  • Throttled peak speeds a waste
  • Fast Ethernet
  • No USB port

 

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May 11

IPv6 Firewall

The DIR-810L’s IPv6 Firewall feature allows you to configure which kind of IPv6 traffic is allowed to pass through the device.The DIR-810L’s IPv6 Firewall functions in a similar way to the IP Filters feature.

Enable Checkbox:

Check the box to enable the IPv6 firewall simple security.

Configure IPv6 Firewall:

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Select an action from the drop-down menu.

Name:

Enter a name to identify the IPv6 firewall rule.

Schedule:

Use the drop-down menu to select the time schedule that the IPv6 Firewall Rule will be enabled on. The schedule may
be set to Always, which will allow the particular service to always be enabled. You can create your own times in the Tools > Schedules section.

Source:

Use the Source drop-down menu to specify the interface that connects to the source IPv6 addresses of the firewall rule.

IP Address Range:

Enter the source IPv6 address range in the adjacent IP Address Range field.

Dest:

Use the Dest drop-down menu to specify the interface that connects to the destination IP addresses of the firewall rule.

Protocol:

Select the protocol of the firewall port (All, TCP, UDP, or ICMP).

Port Range:

Enter the first port of the range that will be used for the firewall rule in the first box and enter the last port in the field in the second box.

IPv6 Routing

This page allows you to specify custom routes that determine how data is moved around your network.

Route List:

Check the box next to the route you wish to enable.

Name:

Enter a specific name to identify this route.

Destination IP/Prefix Length:

This is the IP address of the router used to reach the specified destination or enter the IPv6 address prefix length of the packets that will take this route.

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Metric:

Enter the metric value for this rule here.

Interface:

Use the drop-down menu to specify if the IP packet must use the WAN or LAN interface to transit out of the Router.

Gateway:

Enter the next hop that will be taken if this route is used.

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May 11

It is recommended to enable wireless security (WPA/WPA2) on your wireless router or access point before configuring your wireless adapter. If you are joining an existing network, you will need to know the security key (Wi-Fi password) being used.

To join an existing network, locate the wireless network icon in the taskbar, next to the time display.

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Clicking on this icon will display a list of wireless networks which are within connecting proximity of your computer. Select the desired network by clicking on the network name.

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You will then be prompted to enter the network security key (Wi-Fi password) for the wireless network. Enter the password into the box and click Next.

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If you wish to use Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to connect to the router, you can also press the WPS button on your router at the point to enable the WPS function.

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When you have established a successful connection a wireless network, the word Connected will appear next to the name of the network to which you are connected.

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Apr 26

The following parameters will be available for configuration:

Wireless Band:

Displays the wireless band being configured.The following configuration relates to the 5GHz band.

Enable Wireless:

Check the box to enable the wireless function at all times. If you do not want to use wireless, uncheck the box to disable all wireless functions. To set a schedule for the times when you want the wireless network to be available, click on the Add New button to specify a new schedule.

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Wireless Network Name:

The Service Set Identifier (SSID) is the name of your wireless network. Create a name using up to 32 characters. The
SSID is case-sensitive.

802.11 Mode:

Here the user can manually select the preferred frequency band to use for this wireless network.

Enable Auto Channel Scan:

The auto channel selection setting can be selected to allow this device to choose the channel with the least amount of interference.

Wireless Channel:

If Auto Channel Scan is not enabled, users can manually select a wireless channel. By default the channel is set to
36. The channel can be changed to fit the channel setting for an existing wireless network or to customize the wireless network.

Transmission Rate:

Select the transmission rate. It is strongly suggested to select Best (Automatic) for best performance.

Channel Width:

When using the 802.11n frequency band, user have an option to choose between a 20 MHz, 20/40 MHz, or 20/40/80 MHz bandwidth for 802.11ac.

Visibility Status:

This option allows you to adjust the visibility of your SSID. If Visible is selected, the SSID of your wireless network will be visible to any wireless clients within range of the signal. If Invisible mode is selected, clients must search for the SSID of your wireless network manually in order to connect to the network.

By default the wireless security of this router will be disabled. In this option the user can enable or disable wireless security for the frequency band 2.4GHz. There are two types of encryption that can be used: WEP or WPA/WPA2. For further information on these security types, please refer to “Wireless Security” on page 53.

Wireless Security Mode: WEP

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is the most basic form of encryption that can be used for wireless networks. WEP is considered to be a relatively weak security method, however it provides more protection than an unsecured network. Older wireless adapters may only support WEP encryption.

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It is recommended that this method is used only if your wireless clients do not support WPA.

WEP Key Length:

Here the user can specify to either use a 64Bit or a 128Bit encrypted key.

Authentication:

Authentication is a process by which the router verifies the identity of a network device that is attempting to join the wireless network. There are two types authentication for this device when using WEP.

Open System allows all wireless devices to communicate with the router before they are required to provide the encryption key needed to gain access to the network. Shared Key requires any wireless device attempting to communicate with the router to provide the encryption key needed to access the network before they are allowed to communicate with the router.

WEP Key 1:

Enter the WEP key used here. For 64-bit keys you must enter 10 hex digits into each key box. For 128-bit keys you
must enter 26 hex digits into each key box. A hex digit is either a number from 0 to 9 or a letter from A to F. You
may also enter any text string into a WEP key box, in which case it will be converted into a hexadecimal key using
the ASCII values of the characters. A maximum of 5 text characters can be entered for 64-bit keys, and a maximum
of 13 characters for 128-bit keys.

Wireless Security Mode: WPA-Personal

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is the most advanced wireless encryption method used today. This is the recommended wireless security option.WPA supports two authentication frameworks. Personal (PSK) and Enterprise (EAP). Personal requires only the use of a passphrase (Pre-Shared Key) for security.

The following parameters will be available for configuration:

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WPA Mode:

WPA is the older standard; select this option if the clients that will be used with the router only support the older standard.WPA2 is the newer implementation of the stronger IEEE 802.11i security standard.With the WPA2 option, the router tries WPA2 first, but falls back to WPA if the client only supports WPA. With the WPA2
Only option, the router associates only with clients that also support WPA2 security.

Cipher Type:

Select the appropriate cipher type to use here. Options to choose from are Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and Both (TKIP and AES).

Group Key Update Interval:

Enter the amount of time before the group key used for broadcast and multicast data is changed.

Pre-Shared Key:

Enter the password to be used for the wireless network here. This password is required by wireless clients for them
to be able to connect to the wireless network successfully.

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