Jul 27

D-Link DIR-130 Description:

D-Link answers the need for a Broadband VPN Router with the DIR-130. The DIR-130 is a simple-to-deploy wired VPN router designed specifically for the Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) market that demands superior performance and security in a compact desktop chassis.


Designed with the small business in mind, this VPN router and 8-port switch allows home offices to share their Internet without compromising security.

The DIR-130 features an intuitive user interface that can easily be configured and monitored via the D-Link® Web-based Management Utility. These configuration options can be managed through the Administrator rights.

Price range: $86.63 – $103.29

D-Link DIR-130 User Reviews:

1.Customer nabidavid said:

Pros: 8 ports LAN ports (yeah… I was reaching for something nice to say)

Can be used as an effective paperweight.

Cons: The device will not last. As other reviewers have indicated, there are strange issues with this router. If you buy, do not expect features such as port forwarding, VPN access (PPTP/L2TP/IPSec) to work after 6-9 months. Oh… and do not expect firmware updates either, as the last update was 5/24/2008 (this post is as of 4/9/2010).

Other Thoughts: Although this is a poor product from D-Link, I still use other D-Link routers with which I am very happy.

2.Customer msee2001 said:

Pros: Low price, easy to setup.

Cons: Needs a firmware update when you get it.

Other Thoughts: Do the firmware update first. I have used 3 on these VPN routers and they all have worked fine. It’s not Cisco but then it’s only about $100. Have connected three buildings together with no problems, 2 have been connected for almost 2 years with no prolems at all.

3.Customer TonyL222 said:

“Does work with a fios connection and does provide good speed…”

“I brought two for myself and recommended it to a client that has Fios…”

“The warranty is only good for one year, so I’m out of luck…”

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Jul 18

D-Link DIR-601 Wireless N 150 Home Router – wireless router overview:

D-Link introduces the Wireless N 150 Home Router (DIR-601), which delivers high performance end-to-end wireless connectivity based on Wireless N technology. The DIR-601 provides better wireless coverage and improved speeds over previous-generation Wireless G*. Upgrading your home network to Wireless N 150 provides an excellent solution for experiencing better wireless performance while sharing a broadband Internet connection with multiple computers over a secure wireless network.



Utilizing the benefits of Wireless N technology, the DIR-601 performs faster file transfers and farther coverage enabling greater wireless signals across your home. Not only does the DIR-601 extend your wireless range, it also works with your existing Wireless G devices.


The D-Link DIR-601 makes it easy to set up your wireless network in your home or office without professional installation. The DIR-601 includes an Installation Wizard CD-ROM, which walks you through the easy step-by-step installation process to set up your wireless network and Internet connection in minutes. Once the setup process is complete, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, files, media, and more.


Create a wireless network to share high-speed Internet access with computers, game consoles, and media players with greater distances and coverage across your home than previous-generation Wireless G technology*.


  • Automatically powers down ports that have no link
  • Budgets power output for different Ethernet cable lengths
  • Includes wireless LAN scheduling, which can shut down your wireless network when not in use for further power savings
  • Reduces energy consumption by using an Energy Star® qualified power adapter

User Reviews

1.User bdog2000 said:

Pros: good connection, easy to install,price

Cons: no dual band connection

Summary: I use this for my PS3 and laptop it gives good connection and is easy to use

2.shoeson333 said:

Pros: nothing that i can see of

Cons: everything

Summary: i bought this and regret it all my life. the connection drops frequently. i wasted my phone minutes calling the d-link guys n it seems that whatever they do it doesn’t work. plz learn from me ppl dont repeat my mistake.

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Mar 21

DNS-321 Overview

The D-Link® 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-321) is the perfect way to store, share, and safeguard your documents, music, videos, and photos. With the D-Link tool-less installation, easily insert up to two SATA drives1 without any tools or attaching any cables. Additionally, the built-in UPnP™ AV media server enables streaming of digital content to compatible network media players (such as those found in the D-Link MediaLounge™ product line) as well as popular media player applications used in computers.



The availability of four different hard drive modes (Standard, JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1) allows you to choose the configuration best suited for your needs. Standard mode creates two separately accessible hard drives.

With the included feature-rich backup software, you can create schedules and rules including real-time full or incremental backups. The Web-based configuration software allows users to establish storage quotas for specific users and groups. The DNS-321 can automatically back up your data regardless of the Operating System (OS) of your computer (Windows®, Mac®, or Linux®). The DNS-321 also features a built-in FTP server2 to access files through the Internet.

With its sleek design and quiet cooling fans, the DNS-321 can be easily placed on your desk at home or in the office. Utilizing SATA hard drives and gigabit connectivity, the 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-321) is a high performance, cost-effective solution for your home or small office data storage needs.


* D-Link Green Product
* Store Digital Content from Multiple Computers into a Central Location
* Stream Music, Photos, & Videos to Compatible UPnP AV-enabled Media Players
* Access Stored Data Away from Home with the Built-in FTP Server
* Supports Four Different Hard Drive Modes (Standard, JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1)

User Reviews

cmscogins said:

Pros: Price
Low Noise
Easy Installation
Cons: Limited setup instructions
Summary: This NAS was very easy to set up right out of the box. It is very compact and quiet. The price was very good for all of the features.

mark_dickson said:

Pros: Speed – compared to other consumer NAS devices, this one is very quick. Flexibility – you can use 1 or 2 drives of any size you want. Price – for the money, its great that you get a fast NAS with basic RAID abilities

Cons: User permissions could be a little more straight forward, a speedy eSATA port would be great to add additional storage

Summary: I have two LaCie NAS drives and this Dlink DNS-321 NAS hooked up to my network currently and this is by far my favorite because of its flexibility and its speed. It is way faster than either LaCie drives I have and tests very well compared to other NAS drives on sites such as Small Net Builder (a little faster than its DNS-323 sibling overall too). Don’t get me wrong, there is still room for improvement with its speed as I have an old computer with Ubuntu server running as a network file server and its gig ports blow even this Dlink away, but compared to other reasonably priced consumer NAS drives this is great.

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Mar 06

DIR-628 Description:

The D-Link RangeBooster N® Dual Band Router (DIR-628) is designed for users looking to create a high-performance wireless network. Connect the RangeBooster N Dual Band Router to a cable or DSL modem and provide high-speed Internet access to multiple computers, game consoles, and media players. Create a secure wireless network to share photos, files, music, printers, and more, from greater distances throughout your entire home or office**. We’ve also included a QoS engine that prioritizes time-sensitive online traffic to enable smooth Internet phone calls (VoIP) and responsive gaming.



Dual Band N is the latest addition to the RangeBooster N product family. The dual band technology in the DIR-628 supports selectable 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless signals. This allows you to check email and browse the Internet using the 2.4GHz band or stream HD movies and other media on the 5GHz band.


* World Class Parental Controls
* Safe Surfing/Searching
* Remote Management
* AntiVirus/AntiSpyware protection with McAfee® Technology
* Internet Usage Time Scheduling and Activity Reporting
* Web-Managed Firewall
* Access Control for Internet Usage
* Application Control (blocking and scheduling)
* Spam Control
* Identity Protection

User Reviews:

Toscane said:
Pros: Bought this unit to replace a flaking Netgear wireless router. I am very happy so far with the ease of installation and performance. Recommended.
Cons: The installation routine does require some basic networking knowledge.
Summary: I gave the product a 5 instead of a 4, to offset the 1 given by another reviewer.

dsmrobert said:
Pros: It took me around 15 mins to setup my desktop, my netbook, my wireless desktop and mac. it’s pretty simple. i am not a tech. Speed test is above average, 9.79/10.
Cons: price of router is fair. but you might have to spend money on 5.0GHz USB adatper for your wireless device in order to take advantage of this router. if you have budget concern, i would suggest you: save money it’s worth it.
Summary: I have tried linksys 160, 310. both are over-heating and you have to unplug and plug in order to reset. it’s pretty annoying to do that every day.

legendair1 said:
Pros: Stable Router, great range, and fast Internet streaming with a range of different platform (XP-MAC-Vista).
Cons: Set up is a bit long, the 5Hz band do not transmit along the 2.4 HZ and is only avail on N signals
Summary: I Return the linksys 160n model (Comparable) because of resets every 3 days for speed degradation. This device is way more superior for the same price

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Feb 10

DWA-130 Description:

These products use the current draft version of the 802.11n standard. Compatibility with other draft-n and current 802.11n products is guaranteed by the Wi-Fi Alliance. However, some features were added in later revisions of the spec, and it is possible that they will not work correctly. In most cases a firmware upgrade will solve any problems (consider if you feel confident performing such an update). Also, while 802.11n is designed to be backwards compatible with 802.11g, 802.11b and 802.11a, it had been noticed that -n can interfere with the operation of current 802.11b and g products.


The 802.11n standard is based on MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology, which takes advantage of multiple data streams. This concept was considered a problem until someone figured out how to harness these many streams of data to improve both throughput and range. Most of the major wireless networking vendors started offering routers and adapters based on the initial approved draft in mid-2007, while the final specification was released in October 2009.

DWA-130 User Reviews

tangled20 said:

Pros: easy to install and manage
cheap price
does what it says on the box
doesn’t nag you constantly

Cons: nothing as of yet
Summary: highly recommended

zaphire22 said:

Pros: Works on 32 bit Windows 7 OS
Affordable ($19 sale in Office Depot)
Fast and reliable
Easy to install
Comes with a cradle which is of big help

Cons: If only it’s a plug and play device then it would be much better since installing a driver thru CD is a thing in the past.

wayne_e_day said:

Pros: Easy to install, worked right away, reasonable price

Cons: If it were about a 1/2 inch shorter that would be nice, but not an unworkable problem.
Summary: I love stuff that works as advertised. Load the software, plug it in, start networking. No problems at all.

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