Dec 08

DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Control Protocol. The DIR-857 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 DIR-857. 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.

Note: If you statically (manually) assign IP addresses to your computers or devices, make sure the IP addresses are outside of this range or you may have an IP conflict.

DHCP Lease Time:

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

Always Broadcast:

Enable this feature to broadcast your networks DHCP server to LAN/WLAN clients.

NetBIOS Announcement:

NetBIOS allows LAN hosts to discover all other computers within the network, enable this feature to allow the DHCP Server to offer NetBIOS configuration settings.

Learn NetBIOS from WAN:

Enable this feature to allow WINS information to be learned from the WAN side, disable to allow manual configuration.

NetBIOS Scope:

This feature allows the configuration of a NetBIOS ‘domain’ name under which network hosts operates. This setting has no effect if the ‘Learn NetBIOS information from WAN’ is activated.”

NetBIOS Mode Type:

Select the different type of NetBIOS node: Broadcast only, Point-to-Point, Mixed-mode, and Hybrid.

Primary/Secondary WINS IP Address:

Enter your Primary (and Secondary) WINS IP address(es).

DHCP Reservation

If you want a computer or device to always have the same IP address assigned, you can create a DHCP reservation. The router will assign the IP address only to that computer or device.

Note: This IP address must be within the DHCP IP Address Range.

Enable:

Check this box to enable the reservation.

Computer Name:

Enter the computer name or select from the drop-down menu and click <<.

IP Address:

Enter the IP address you want to assign to the computer or device. This IP Address must be within the DHCP IP Address Range.

MAC Address:

Enter the MAC address of the computer or device.

Copy Your PC’s MAC Address:

If you want to assign an IP address to the computer you are currently on, click this button to populate the fields.

Save:

Click Save to save your entry. You must click Save Settings at the top to activate your reservations.

Number of Dynamic DHCP Clients:

In this section you can see what LAN devices are currently leasing IP addresses.

Revoke:

Click Revoke to cancel the lease for a specific LAN device and free an entry in the lease table. Do this only if the device no longer needs the leased IP address,because, for example, it has been removed from the network.

Note: The Revoke option will not disconnect a PC with a current network session from the network; you would need to use MAC Address Filter to do that. Revoke will only free up a DHCP Address for the very next requester. If the previous owner is still available, those two devices may both receive an IP Address Conflict error, or the second device may still not receive an IP Address; in that case, you may still need to extend the “DHCP IP Address Range” to address the issue, it is located in the DHCP Server section.

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Dec 08

802.11n/g (2.4GHz) Wireless Settings

Enable Wireless:

Check the box to enable the wireless function. If you do not want to use wireless, uncheck the box to disable all the wireless functions.

Schedule:

Select the time frame that you would like your wireless network enabled. The schedule may be set to Always. Any schedule you create will be available in the drop-down menu.Click Add New to create a new schedule.

Wireless Network Name:

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:

Select one of the following:
802.11g Only – Select if all of your wireless clients are 802.11g.Mixed 802.11n and 802.11g – Select if you are using both 802.11n and 802.11g wireless clients.802.11n Only – Select only if all of your wireless clients are 802.11n.

Enable Auto Channel Scan:

The Auto Channel Scan setting can be selected to allow the DIR-857 to choose the channel with the least amount of interference.

Wireless Channel:

Indicates the channel setting for the DIR-857. By default the channel is set to 6. The Channel can be changed to fit the channel setting for an existing wireless network or to customize the wireless network. If you enable Auto Channel Scan, this option will be greyed out.

Transmission Rate:

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

Channel Width:

Select the Channel Width:

Auto 20/40 – This is the default setting. Select if you are using both 802.11n and non-802.11n wireless devices.

20MHz – Select if you are not using any 802.11n wireless clients.

Visibility Status:

Select Invisible if you do not want the SSID of your wireless network to be broadcasted by the DIR-857. If Invisible is selected, the SSID of the DIR-857 will not be seen by Site Survey utilities so your wireless clients will have to know the SSID of your DIR-857 in order to connect to it.

Wireless Security:

Refer to page 85 for more information regarding wireless security.

802.11n/g (5GHz) Wireless Settings

Enable Wireless:

Check the box to enable the wireless function. If you do not want to use wireless, uncheck the box to disable all the wireless functions.

Schedule:

Select the time frame that you would like your wireless network enabled. The schedule may be set to Always. Any schedule you create will be available in the drop-down menu. Click Add New to create a new schedule.

Wireless Network Name:

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:

Select one of the following:

802.11a Only – Select if all of your wireless clients are 802.11a.
Mixed 802.11n and 802.11a – Select if you are using both 802.11n and 802.11a wireless clients.
802.11n Only – Select only if all of your wireless clients are 802.11n.

Enable Auto Channel Scan:

The Auto Channel Scan setting can be selected to allow the DIR-857 to choose the channel with the least amount of interference.

Wireless Channel:

Indicates the channel setting for the DIR-857. By default the channels set to 6. The Channel can be changed to fit the channel setting for an existing wireless network or to customize the wireless network. If you enable Auto Channel Scan, this option will be greyed out.

Transmission Rate:

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

Channel Width:

Select the Channel Width:
Auto 20/40 – This is the default setting. Select if you are using both 802.11n and non-802.11n wireless devices.
20MHz – Select if you are not using any 802.11n wireless clients.

Visibility Status:

Select Invisible if you do not want the SSID of your wireless network to be broadcasted by the DIR-857. If Invisible is selected, the SSID of the DIR-857 will not be seen by Site Survey utilities so your wireless clients will have to know the SSID of your DIR-857 in order to connect to it.

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Nov 29

My Internet Connection:

Select Dynamic IP (DHCP) to obtain IP Address information automatically from your ISP. Select this option if your ISP does not give you any IP numbers to use. This option is commonly used for cable modem services such as Comcast and Cox.

Host Name:

The Host Name is optional but may be required by some ISPs. Leave blank if you are not sure.

Use Unicasting:

Check the box if you are having problems obtaining an IP address from your ISP.

DNS Servers:

Enter the Primary and secondary DNS server IP addresses assigned by your ISP. These addresses are usually obtained automatically from your ISP. Leave at 0.0.0.0 if you did not specifically receive these from your ISP.

MTU:

Maximum Transmission Unit – you may need to change the MTU for optimal performance with your specific ISP. 1500 is the default MTU.

MAC Address:

The default MAC Address is set to the Internet port’s physical interface MAC address on the Broadband Router. It is not recommended that you change the default MAC address unless required by your ISP. You can use the Clone Your PC’s MAC Address button to replace the Internet port’s MAC address with the MAC address of your Ethernet card.

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Nov 29

To access the configuration utility, open a web-browser such as Internet Explorer and enter the IP address of the router (192.168.0.1).

You may also connect using the NetBIOS name in the address bar (http://dlinkrouter).

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.

Please wait while your router detects your internet connection type.

Please give your network a name using up to 32 characters. Click Next to continue.

In order to secure your new networking device, please enter a password and click Next.

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

Once this screen appears, your setup is complete. Click Save & Connect to reboot the router.

Before your router reboots, you will be asked if you want to bookmark ‘D-Link Router Web Management,” click Ok to finish.

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Nov 27

D-Link Dualband HD Media Cloud Router DIR-857 Description

Amplifi your wireless home network with the D-Link Dualband HD Media Router (DIR-857) optimized for high quality HD video and blazing speed online gaming. HD Fuel technology lets you watch Netflix and Vudu, play online with your Wii or XBox 360 or make Skype calls- all without the worry of skipping or latency experienced with standard routers. With the DIR-857, enjoy the highest dual band performance available, streaming HD movies and surfing the web at the same time without skipping or lag.

HD Fuel – Uninterrupted HD video streaming and lag-free gaming with automatic prioritization of bandwidth
Dual-band – Maximizes throughput and reduces network interference for great HD video streaming and connectivity
SharePort™ Mobile – Convenient access to your media files from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device with USB.
4 Gigabit Ports – Incredible wired network speeds – ideal for gamers and HD movie fans.

Wirelessly Access Your Favorite Videos, Music and Photos with SharePort Mobile

With the free SharePort Mobile app and industry-exclusive USB 3.0 port, you can access your favorite videos, music and photos on a connected USB device wirelessly from your tablet or Smartphone. The friendly interface lets you easily find your files by category, whether you’re looking for music, video or documents. With DLNA, the HD Media Router 3000 not only connects to any Ethernet-equipped device, but virtually any device, automatically.

Give Your Digital Entertainment The Bandwidth It Deserves. Give It HD Fuel.

With HD Fuel to automatically manage traffic flow, the HD Media Router 3000 prioritizes your high-bandwidth traffic applications (Netflix, Vudu, XBox 360, VoIP) so that they get the speed they need. Imagine uninterrupted 1080p HD video streams, clear Skype calls, and lag-free online gaming – a clear step up from problems common to ‘standard’ routers. D-Link HD Media Routers are the only routers that automatically prioritize bandwidth. With HD Fuel you can even manually prioritize bandwidth by both application and device. HD Fuel is the ultimate traffic management system and best way to stay in complete command of your digital entertainment.

Dual Band = Unlimited Connectivity for all your Devices

Dual-band wireless means you get two networks operating simultaneously (2.4HGHz and 5GHz), with each network transferring up to 450 Mbps. Surf the Web and check email on the 2.4GHz band, and run your high definition audio and video digital entertainment center and gaming systems on the clearer 5GHz band. The 5GHz band offers less interference from appliances, cordless phones and competing wireless devices.

Gigabit Ethernet Ports = Unlimited Home Networking

The HD Media Router 3000 includes 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports with industry-exclusive True Gigabit technology to ensure that your favorite Ethernet-enabled devices get the most out of their wired connection. HDTVs, the Boxee Box by D-Link, Xbox 360, Blu-Ray Players – connect them all simultaneously. HD Fuel organizes and manages your traffic flow, and True Gigabit technology gives you truly high speeds, so you get seamless 1080p HD video streams and online gaming without annoying glitches or lags.

Instantly Share Your Favorite Photos and Videos Across Your Network

We’ve included an SD card slot for quickly sharing HD media files like video. Show your photos, videos and documents immediately just by inserting your SD card into the slot.

Simple Setup. Serious Security

You can even set up your network from your iPhone or iPad with our free QRS Mobile application. With push-button connectivity and 128-bit security encryption standard, adding devices to your secure home network is as simple as plug and play. The HD Media Router 3000 is Wireless G backwards-compatible.

D-Link Dualband HD Media Cloud Router DIR-857 Reviews

The good: The D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000 offers stellar Wi-Fi performance on the 5GHz frequency band and a nice set of useful features. The router is easy to use and has an effective QoS feature to help fuel HD media streaming, gaming, and VoIP.

The bad: The D-Link DIR-857 doesn’t offer 802.11ac and its performance on the 2.4GHz band is lacking. The router’s built-in network storage performance doesn’t come close to the speed of USB 3.0.

The bottom line: Though not perfect, the D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000 makes a great router for homes thanks to its top-notch performance on the 5GHz band and a nice set of features.

The D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000 is a step up from the recently reviewed DIR-827. This is the top model in D-Link’s Amplifi HD Media router family, offering true dual-band (simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz) with each frequency band being capable of offering up to 450Mbps Wi-Fi speed. The DIR-827 is also a true dual-band router but each of its bands can handle only 300Mbps.

While there are several other N900 routers on the market, such as the Asus RT-N66U and the Linksys E4200v2, the DIR-857 is the first among its peers that also offers USB 3.0 and an SD card slot to host storage for the network.

In real-world testing the router offered stellar data rates on the 5GHz band. Its 2.4GHz band, however, was just about average among similarly configured routers. To make up for that, its HD Fuel feature — a special Quality of Service feature that automatically prioritizes traffic for media streaming — worked very well in my trials, making the router, at about $180, an excellent buy for those who stream a lot of HD video, either from the Internet or within the local network.

And for those who are not big on streaming, the router will still make a great choice, ranking among the best N900 routers on the market.

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