Jul 01

Before You Begin setup the D-Link DIR-657 HD Media Router

• You can only use the Ethernet port on your modem. If you were using the USB connection before using the router, then you must turn off your modem, disconnect the USB cable and connect an Ethernet cable to the Internet port on the router, then turn the modem back on. In some cases, you may need to call your ISP to change connection types (USB to Ethernet).

• If you have DSL and are connecting via PPPoE, make sure you disable or uninstall any PPPoE software such as WinPoet, Broadjump, or Enternet 300 from your computer or you will not be able to connect to the Internet.

• When running the Setup Wizard from the D-Link CD, make sure the computer you are running the CD from is connected to the Internet and online or the wizard will not work. If you have disconnected any hardware, re-connect your computer back to the modem and make sure you are online.

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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 Router to start the Quick Router Setup Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to install and configure your router.

D-Link DIR-657 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 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 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.

Wi-PnP Wireless Setup

Wi-PnP allows you to copy your wireless settings from your router to a USB flash drive and use to automatically configure the wireless settings on your Windows® computers. Follow the steps below:

1. Plug in USB Flash Drive in USB port on the back of the router.

2. Press and hold the WPS button (located on the front of the router) for 5 seconds.The power LED will blink.

3. Wait 10 seconds and unplug the USB Flash Drive from the router.

4. Plug the USB Flash Drive in a Windows-based computer.

5. The window below will automatically appear. Double-click Connect to a wireless network. Click Yes to add your computer to your wireless network.

Note: If the window does not automatically pop up, proceed to the following steps:

6. Open the folder contents of your USB thumb drive and double-click WiPnP.exe.

7. Click Yes to the pop-up window to continue. Click OK and then click Finish.Repeat steps 4-7 on any other Windows computer that you want to wirelessly connect to your router.Please refer to the user manual for more information and alternate setup procedures.

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May 25

D-Link DIR-855 Media Router Network Diagram

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Wireless Installation Considerations

The D-Link wireless router lets you access your network using a wireless connection from virtually anywhere within the operating range of your wireless network. Keep in mind, however, that the number, thickness and location of walls, ceilings, or other objects that the wireless signals must pass through, may limit the range. Typical ranges vary depending on the types of materials and background RF (radio frequency) noise in your home or business. The key to maximizing wireless range is to follow these basic guidelines:

1. Keep the number of walls and ceilings between the D-Link router and other network devices to a minimum – each wall or ceiling can reduce your adapter’s range from 3-90 feet (1-30 meters.) Position your devices so that the number of walls or ceilings is minimized.

2. Be aware of the direct line between network devices. A wall that is 1.5 feet thick (.5 meters), at a 45-degree angle appears to be almost 3 feet (1 meter) thick. At a 2-degree angle it looks over 42 feet (14 meters) thick! Position devices so that the signal will travel straight through a wall or ceiling (instead of at an angle) for better reception.

3. Building Materials make a difference. A solid metal door or aluminum studs may have a negative effect on range. Try to position access points, wireless routers, and computers so that the signal passes through drywall or open doorways. Materials and objects such as glass, steel, metal, walls with insulation, water (fish tanks), mirrors, file cabinets, brick, and concrete will degrade your wireless signal.

4. Keep your product away (at least 3-6 feet or 1-2 meters) from electrical devices or appliances that generate RF noise.

5. If you are using 2.4GHz cordless phones or X-10 (wireless products such as ceiling fans, lights, and home security systems), your wireless connection may degrade dramatically or drop completely. Make sure your 2.4GHz phone base is as far away from your wireless devices as possible. The base transmits a signal even if the phone in not in use.

Connect to Cable/DSL/Satellite Modem

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If you are connecting the router to a cable/DSL/satellite modem, please follow the steps below:

1. Place the router in an open and central location. Do not plug the power adapter into the router.

2. Turn the power off on your modem. If there is no on/off switch, then unplug the modem’s power adapter. Shut down your computer.

3. Unplug the Ethernet cable (that connects your computer to your modem) from your computer and place it into the Internet port on the router.

4. Plug an Ethernet cable into one of the four LAN ports on the router. Plug the other end into the Ethernet port on your computer.

5. Turn on or plug in your modem. Wait for the modem to boot (about 30 seconds).

6. Plug the power adapter to the router and connect to an outlet or power strip. Wait about 30 seconds for the router to boot.

7. Turn on your computer.

8. Refer to page 13 to configure your router.

Connect to Another Router

If you are connecting the D-Link router to another router to use as a wireless access point and/or switch, you will have to do the following before connecting the router to your network:

• Disable UPnP™

• Disable DHCP

• Change the LAN IP address to an available address on your network. The LAN ports on the router cannot accept a

DHCP address from your other router.

To connect to another router, please follow the steps below:

1. Plug the power into the router. Connect one of your computers to the router (LAN port) using an Ethernet cable. Make sure your IP address on the computer is 192.168.0.xxx (where xxx is between 2 and 254). Please see the Networking Basics section for more information. If you need to change the settings, write down your existing settings before making any changes. In most cases, your computer should be set to receive an IP address automatically in which case you will not have to do anything to your computer.

2. Open a web browser and enter http://www.dlink.cc and press Enter. When the login window appears, set the user name to Admin and leave the password box empty. Click Log In to continue.

3. Click on Advanced and then click Advanced Network. Uncheck the Enable UPnP checkbox. Click Save Settings to continue.

4. Click Setup and then click Network Settings. Uncheck the Enable DHCP Server checkbox. Click Save Settings to continue.

5. Under Router Settings, enter an available IP address and the subnet mask of your network. Click Save Settings to save your settings. Use this new IP address to access the configuration utility of the router in the future. Close the browser and change your computer’s IP settings back to the original values as in Step 1.

6. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the router and reconnect your computer to your network.

7. Connect an Ethernet cable in one of the LAN ports of the router and connect it to your other router. Do not plug anything into the Internet port of the D-Link router.

8. You may now use the other 3 LAN ports to connect other Ethernet devices and computers. To configure your wireless network, open a web browser and enter the IP address you assigned to the router. Refer to the Configuration and Wireless Security sections for more information on setting up your wireless network.

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Jan 29

D-Link has that in mind and announced at CES 2011 HD media routers that it claims offer much better audio and video streaming, even when dealing with huge files of 1080p content.

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The new HD Media Router family includes:

•HD Media Router 1000 (DIR-657): A single-band 300Mbps Wireless-N router with a USB 2.0 SharePort Plus port.

•HD Media Router 2000 (DIR-827): A true dual-band Wireless-N router with USB 3.0 that offers up to 2Gbps transfer rates.

•HD Media Router 3000 (DIR-857): This is the top, uncompromising, true dual-band router that has all that the DIR-827 has, plus offering up to 450Mbps on the 5GHz band, similar to the WNDR4000 from Netgear.

The D-Link HD Media Routers feature a sharing platform made available through a partnership with miiiCasa. MiiiCasa enables household members to freely organise, play and share their content among IP-connected device. MiiiCasa completely eliminates the need for configuring storage settings, using FTP servers, disk mounting or tweaking user access controls. It is embedded in D-Link HD Media routers and it integrates with D-Link storage services.

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D-Link says that its new HD media routers will provide the best possible video quality for wireless streaming across set-top boxes (like TiVo, Slingbox, and Boxee Box by D-Link), as well as for network storage devices and PC-to-PC traffic. Consumers can expect a consistent streaming experience in the home.

The DIR-657 is slated to be available during the first quarter of the year and will cost less than $140. The other two models, DIR-827 and DIR-857, will be available during the second and third quarter, respectively. Currently their prices are to be determined.

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Feb 01

DIR-855 Product summary

The good: True dual-band; great throughput performance; intuitive and responsive browser interface; gigabit LAN and WAN; easy to set up; supports separate wireless networks for guests; network activity display offers quick access to a variety of network information; convenient preset settings.

The bad: Middling range; confusing network activity display; expensive; bulky design; no print-serving or NAS functionality.

The bottom line: The D-Link Xtreme N Duo Media Router DIR-855 is a stable performer with excellent Web interface. But because it comes in a bulky, old-school design, has a relatively short range, and carries a hefty price tag, consider waiting for the price to drop before investing in this router.

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DIR-855 Description

Out of the box, the D-Link DIR-855 looks like a differently colored D-Link DGL-4500 . (The DIR-855 is white, while the DGL-4500 is dark blue.) The DIR-855 has three antennas attached to the back of the router–not a good design, as they crowd the network ports. The antennae are, however, removable, in case you need to install an external high-power antenna for longer range. Like most D-Link routers, the DIR-855 is wall-mountable and also comes with a vertical mount base. Similar to the DGL-4500, the DIR-855 has a top-mounted, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) Network Activity Display (ONAD) that shows more than just the network’s connection status–the two navigation buttons display WAN, LAN, and wireless information via the little blue screen. However, in our tests, the screen timed out after a minute or two. The ONAD is fun to play around with at first, and is indeed useful in a number of situations, such as checking on the Internet connection, number of wireless clients, and so on, but in the long term, you might miss the regular LED status light found on most routers.

Like the name suggests, the D-Link DIR-855 comes with two Draft N 2.0 access points. One of them uses the ubiquitous 2.4Ghz frequency, while the other works in the new 5Ghz frequency; the two can run simultaneously. This is the first router from D-Link that offers true dual-band operation.

The DIR-855 gave a mixed performance in our tests. On our maximum throughput test, the router registered 101.7Mbps and 77Mbps for the 5Ghz frequency and 2.4Ghz frequency, respectively–both high, though not perfect, scores that bested the LinksysWRT610N, which came in at 101Mbps and 53.3Mbps.

User Reviews

azz710 said:Excellent wireless speed and reach. Excellent performance, in general. Fast, simple web-based configuration. Stable operation (no memory leaks, no need for periodic rebooting as with many other home routers).If you have the cash, buy this router and you will probably discover it will be the last router you buy for many, many years.

inachu1 said:Solid wifi connections at all hours of the day suing any channels.Routers menu system is a pain to learn and memorize.This router is what separates the trash from class series of home routers
I am very impressed not having ay dropped wifi connections for more than 6 weeks in a row. If you are conecerned about uptime then let this be your purchase.

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