Jul 11

D-Link DHP-1320 PowerLine Router Description

The D-Link DHP-1320 provides network connections to anywhere in your house using the electrical wiring already installed. Simply connect your router and plug it into a power outlet to turn every other power outlet in your home into a network connection. The powerline feature provides up to 200 Mbps³ over your electrical wiring, and you can also use the Wireless N connectivity up to 300Mbps – fast enough to stream HD video, support enhanced gaming and share large files across your home.

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High Quality Performance

The D-Link DHP-1320 provides up to 200 Mbps over your electrical wiring – fast enough to stream HD video, support enhanced gaming and share large files from anywhere in your home.

The Convenience of Wi-Fi and PowerLine – All in One Place

The D-Link DHP-1320 is also a Wireless N 300 router that provides 300 Mbps wireless connectivity. By using D-Link’s Wireless N technology, the DHP-1320 provides a significantly faster and farther-reaching wireless signal than outdated Wireless G routers. D-Link’s Intelligent Antenna Technology makes use of your home’s environment by bouncing multiple wireless signals off of walls and ceilings to work around obstructions and help eliminate dead spots. At the same time, you can use PowerLine in areas where a wired connection would be beneficial, like hard-to-reach areas in your home.

Features

●IEEE 802.11n and 802.11g Compliant
●Up to 300Mbp1 Throughput for Wi-Fi Network
●Up to 200Mbps3 Throughput for PowerLine AV Network
●Uses Your Home’s Existing Electrical Wiring by Plugging into Power Outlets2
●PowerLine Sync Connection (ENY) Button
●Wi-Fi® Protected Setup™ (WPS) for Simple Push-Button Wireless Network Configuration
●Built-in QoS Engine Enhances Internet Experience
●Three 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Switch Ports
●Supports Secure Wireless Encryption Using WPA™ or WPA2™
●Power Saving Mode
●Supports 128-bit AES Encryption For PowerLine Network Security
●Plug & Play Installation
●24/7 Basic Installation Support4
●1-Year Limited Warranty5

D-Link DHP-1320 User Reviews

The D-Link DHP-1320 PowerLine Router is the first all-in-one router we’ve seen, and it delivers for the most part. The router offered decent close-range wireless speed and worked well with most HomePlug AV adapters in our testing. It also has an USB port and a decent set of features that can be conveniently managed via its responsive and well-organized Web interface.

On the downside, the router doesn’t feature dual-band or support Gigabit Ethernet and comes with just three LAN ports, whereas most wireless routers have four. For the street price of around $85, however, it’s a good buy for a home that requires a flexible network and doesn’t have intensive networking needs.

The good: The D-Link DHP-1320 Wireless N PowerLine Router incorporates HomePlug AV power-line technology and works with other HomePlug AV-compliant power-line adapters. The router offers fast wireless throughput speed, long range, and IP6 support, and is easy to use.

The bad: The D-Link DHP-1320 has only three LAN ports and doesn’t support Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band wireless, or the 500Mbps power-line standard. The router’s range throughput could be better and it’s a little bulky.

The bottom line: Supporting Wireless-N and HomePlug AV, the D-Link DHP-1320 Wireless N PowerLine Router is an id
eal router for a home network that favors flexibility over performance. Its lack of support for Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band wireless, and the 500Mbps power-line standard, however, makes it less suitable for those who need to share or stream a large amount of data.

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Apr 18

Description

The D-Link® Wireless N 8-Port Router (DIR-632) provides a better wireless signal for your network than previous-generation Wireless G* technology. Upgrading your home network to Wireless N provides an excellent solution for sharing an Internet connection and files such as video, music, photos, and documents. D-Link Wireless N products use Intelligent Antenna technology to transmit multiple streams of data which enables you to receive wireless signals in the farthest corners of your home.

Not only does the D-Link Wireless N technology extend your wireless range, it also works with previous-generation wireless devices. The DIR-632 also includes basic QoS (Quality of Service) Prioritization Technology that analyzes and separates multiple data streams based on sensitivity to delay, enabling multiple applications such as VoIP, Video, and Gaming to stream smoothly across your network.

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Features

The key feature of the router is the large number of 100Mbps Ethernet ports. The router has eight of these which would typically be handy for a SoHo or a small internet café. For most home users, these many ports will be of little use. WiFi 802.11n capacbility should give it an edge over other routers as well. All of the usual features you find in a good router are available – QoS, web site and access filtering. There is also some emphasis on IPv6 in the advanced menus.

The USB port function at the rear of the router can be used to share data and it can also be used to connect to the internet using a 3G modem. There is also support for something called WCN which is something Microsoft deviced to make configuring wireless network simpler. This feature also needs a USB flash drive to function.

Design and Build Quality

One of the first things you notice about the DIR-632 is that it’s noticeably larger than most other WiFi routers. The reason for that are the 8 wired 100Mbps ports at the rear of the router. In terms of build quality, it’s a pretty lightweight router and a little flimsy at the bottom. The front face of the router has the activity indicators for each one of the wired ports clearly marked. There’s also an indicator for the USB port. Provision for wall mounts is present on the back of the router and there is space for two antennas.

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Performance

The performance of a WiFi 802.11n router should be considerably better than standard 802.11g routers. We setup the router in the Tech2 Labs close to where the router was and tried copying two data sets of 2 GB each. There were two test zones that we used. The first test was performed in the same room as the router. The second test was done in the room adjoining the labs. During our test run, we saw speeds of sequential data in the first zone peaking at 5.52MB/s, which is roughly the same theoretical speed of WiFi 802.11g (54Mbps). The assorted data set took a little longer with an average speed of 4.64MB/s. In the second zone, sequential data sets averaged 4.13MB/s and the assorted data folder 3.63MB/s.

User Reviews

“So far, so good.” by griffin2811

Pros: Great range, signal strength and stability. 8 ports and energy saving features.Interface for setup is clear, has many useful features my D-Link di524 didn’t. So far, no signal drops. Reserve I.P’s and has a central shareport,two things I wanted.

Cons: 60 seconds for this router to save changes every time you make one, but should only be one time during the setup.

Summary: I like it. I wasn’t able to read many reviews before I bought, but am pretty happy with this router.

Price

$80-90

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Mar 08

DPG-1200 Description:

D-Link’s PC-on-TV Media Player DPG-1200 allows you to stream movies, photos, and music wirelessly from your PC to your home entertainment system. Everything’s better from the comfort of a couch.

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WHAT YOU CAN WATCH

Watch movies, TV shows or share photos with friends and family on your big screen TV. You can even watch Internet videos from your favorite web sites1.

FORGET ABOUT FILE FORMATS

Today, there are numerous music and movie file formats so it can be a bit overwhelming. Many popular media players only allow for certain file formats to be played on their device. The PC-on-TV takes care of this problem by simply streaming the file playing on your PC to your big screen TV2.

MULTIPLE WAYS TO CONNECT

With multiple video outputs to choose from, the PC-on-TV can connect to almost any TV. Whether you have a TV with RCA (composite) inputs, or a brand new LCD TV with VGA or component inputs, the PC-on-TV can connect to it.

WIRED OR WIRELESS

The PC-on-TV allows you to connect to a network- enabled computer located in a different part of the house. Connect to your notebook that is in your bedroom or the desktop computer sitting in the office. Control your PC from your TV using the included remote and play movies or launch applications like you would with a mouse.

DPG-1200 Reviews:

1.”As an IT Professional, I like this product.” by dapresley

Pros: I do not have cable and use the product to watch streaming video over the Internet. With my high speed connection, the performance is consistent enough for me. I own 2 DPG-1200 devices.

Cons: It is not compatible with Windows 7. I phoned tech support and was told that they are working on bringing it up to this level.

Summary: If you are a technical person with a high speed Internet connection, this product works as advertised. It is also a bargain for the price. Fry’s Electronics sells it for $99. I read the other reviews, which are very negative. The installation was no more trouble for me than any that involve several components.

2.”Great concept, but nowhere near ready for Prime Time” by johnk5k

Pros: A simple network interface for audio/video is exaclty what we need

Cons: VERY fickle installation, terrible customer support. MAJOR audio driver problem.

Summary: 2 Thumbs up for concept, but certainly not ready for prime time.
The current (March 2009) release version of the DPG-1200 is very fickle, installation can be nightmarish. It reconfigures your audio and video drivers so that in the final step of the installation wizard you can?t even find the finish button! Multiple hits on the ENTER key usually work, but if you panic and default out of the install it is Control Panel time because you are left with no audio, and an 800 x 600 display.

The most subtle but unacceptable problem with the DPG-2100 is the D-Link PC2TV audio driver which emphasizes your low frequency (bass) so severely that you?ll think that there is something very wrong with your stereo, this problem alone puts the DPG on the scrapheap until D-Link gets it figured out.

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Feb 15

D-Link DAP-2590 PoE Access Point Description:

D-Link, an industry pioneer in wireless networking, introduces a solution for businesses seeking to deploy next generation 802.11n LANs. D-Link unveils its new AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Access Point (DAP-2590), designed specifically for business-class environments such as large or enterprise corporations to provide secure and manageable dual band wireless LAN options for network administrators.

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Versatile Access Point

The DAP-2590 allows network administrators to deploy a highly manageable and extremely robust dual band wireless network. All three dual band antennas are detachable and can provide optimal wireless coverage in either 2.4GHz (802.11g and 802.11n) or 5GHz (802.11a and 802.11n) bands. Enclosed in a plenum-rated metal chassis, the DAP-2590 adheres to strict fire codes for placement in air passageways. For advanced installations, this new high-speed Access Point has integrated 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) support, allowing installation of this device in areas where power outlets are not readily available.

Enhanced Performance

The DAP-2590 delivers reliable wireless performance with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 300Mbps** in either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless band. This, coupled with support for Wi-Fi Multimedia™ (WMM) Quality of Service features, makes it an ideal access point for audio, video, and voice applications. Additionally, the DAP-2590 supports load balancing features to ensure maximum performance by limiting the maximum number of users per Access Point.

Multiple Operation Modes

To maximize total return on investment, the DAP-2590 can be configured to optimize network performance based on any one of its multiple operation modes: Access Point, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) with Access Point, WDS/Bridge (No AP Broadcasting) and Wireless Client. With WDS support, network administrators can set up multiple DAP-2590s throughout a facility and configure them to bridge with one another while also providing network access to individual clients. Also included are advanced features such as Load Balancing, which optimizes high network traffic volume, and redundancy for fail-safe wireless connectivity. Additionally, the DAP-2590 offers Spanning Tree Protocol support for greater efficiency and to avoid broadcast storms when used in WDS mode.

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Dec 26

D-Link Boxee Box(DSM-380) Reviews. There’s a host of useful set-up stuff in the menus, including video test patterns to align the picture correctly to the screen and fine-tune the image quality. You can adjust overscan and aspect ratio (it even allows for cinemastyle 21:9 screens), and change your audio output options to suit either a specialist AV amp or a more basic setup. It’ll recognise and play just about any format of music, video and photo.

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The remote seems brilliant: the double-sided design fits neatly in the palm and features a simple clicker-based cursor/controller on one side, plus a full QWERTY keypad on the other. In practice, there are moments when you’ll be juggling between the two control interfaces – but even so, this is way better than the Apple TV’s.

Boxee DSM-380 works like a content aggregator, bringing together the best free web content into one platform. You get plenty to choose from, but some online content suffers from patchy picture quality. There’s a proper web browser in here, complete with search engine (Bing), so you can also pull up web pages, maps and more.

Aside from YouTube offerings or your own downloads, Boxee also gives you free movies to watch, usually from independent studios and almost always ad-supported. Picture and sound quality can be ropey, though.

You might have hoped for a slick, app-style experience with online streaming sites and the like, but it doesn’t work as well as it should. Your content starts playing in a mini-window, exactly as it does on your laptop: you then have to cursor over the ‘full screen’ icon (not easy) to blow up the image.

With twin USB and SD inputs, the Boxee Box DSM-380 isn’t just a streamer: it’s also a local media player, able to replay directly from, say, a USB hard disk. The Boxee will browse your content, pull out the playable media and arrange your viewable files in an easily accessible folder structure, with thumbnails where relevant. It’ll do the same with any NAS drive on your network, too.

That’s great for convenience and also means the Box – plus a suitable hard disk full of content – will travel well: even if you can’t go online, you’ll still have plenty to play.

All this flexibility is great, but it clearly demands a powerful processor (Intel’s Atom CE4100), and in turn that means fan-cooling, unlike Apple TV. The Boxee Box DSM-380 doesn’t get hot in use – unlike the last-generation Apple design – but it’s always humming to itself, whatever you’re watching. That, it must be said, can get irritating.

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