|D-Link DIR-628 RangeBooster N Selectable Dual-Band Router with 4-Ports, 10/100 Switch, Two Antennas, and Dual-Band Draft 802.11n
|List Price: $108.99
Our Price: $69.99
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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. A QoS engine is also included to prioritize time-sensitive online traffic for enabling smooth Internet phone calls (VoIP) and responsive gaming.The dual band technology in the DIR-628 supports selectable 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless signals. This allows you to check e-mail and browse the Internet using the 2.4GHz band or stream HD movies and other media on the 5GHz band. 5GHz is ideal for wirelessly streaming multiple HD videos across your network. It helps avoid interference by providing a clearer wireless band for HD signals than existing 802.11g products.The RangeBooster N Router supports the latest wireless security features to help prevent unauthorized access, be it from over a wireless network or from the Internet. Support for WPA and WPA2 standards ensure that you will be able to use the best possible encryption, regardless of your client devices. In addition, this RangeBooster N router utilizes dual active firewalls (SPI and NAT) to help prevent potential attacks from across the Internet.Delivering unmatched wireless performance, network security, and coverage, the RangeBooster N Dual Band Router (DIR-628) is ideal for networking in larger homes and offices.
- 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.
- The RangeBooster N Router supports the latest wireless security features to help prevent unauthorized access, be it from over a wireless network or from the Internet.
- Delivering unmatched wireless performance, network security, and coverage, the RangeBooster N Dual Band Router (DIR-628) is ideal for networking in larger homes and offices.
- D-link wireless router
Arrived in timely manner. Set-up was troublesome. Took 3 calls for tech support. Updating the firmware solved the problem, and it is working fine now....more info
- I'm in Internet Heaven
Sometimes I wonder why I ask for software and other techie items to review. I'm not really qualified. My hubby Dub is the tech guy in our family. He sets the stuff up and I use it. What's the point of a gal having a guy like that around if she doesn't take advantage.
Anyway, I stood behind him, bugging him, asking questions as he unboxed this router and set it up. It took him about fifteen minutes and I swear, not a swear word out of him and now my spanking new HP (also set up by Hubby Dub), runs a treat. 5 GHz is great, Explorer is snappier, pages open faster, I'm in internet heaven.
Reviewed by Captain Katie Osborne...more info
- Non-techie review, great router even not using full potential
I've been dragging my feet on our house going wireless, my husband had a laptop with wireless capabilities but I was using my desktop and was perfectly content with my wired connection and the very long cable I had pulled up the basement stairs and tucked behind the sofa for him to grab and use to connect his laptop. Might not have been the prettiest option but it worked. Then he got a new laptop, which meant I got his old one. Suddenly I could surf the web from the sofa, or pull up recipes in the kitchen, watch a show online in bed, shop on amazon while my daughter played in the yard... if only we had wireless that was.
Welcome to the wireless world! My husband hooked up our new router, I only heard minimum complaining during the approx 1/2 hour it took him to get us up and running on all computers. Connection and speed was great, the router is in our basement but I have no problem connecting with full bars on the 2nd floor or even out in the yard. I was even happier when I realized our wii was super easy to connect to the network as was my new ipod touch.
Sadly for my husband only his new laptop supports the 5ghz so while we unhooked everything else so he could test it out we had to set it back down so everything else could be online too. It's still nice to know we have it for the future and the router works great even at the lower setting.
Great price, great product, great buy!...more info
- Best value for money in its class
Setup of the DIR-628 was a breeze; it replaced an existing router, and I was able to get it up and running in about 10 minutes. The router looks fairly bland, but most people will have their router locked away in a cabinet anyway.
The DIR-628 does not offer Gigabit network ports, which would have made it the perfect router in this price range. The user interface is very easy to navigate and there are no long reboots after you change each setting, like on other brands of routers.
The wireless performance is impressive; I switched from a different brand router, and my wireless range has doubled with this device. I tested it using my Dell laptop with 802.11n, and the range/speed was perfect. In my house, I also have several 802.11g devices, but when they connect, the router speed drops to this slower network system and the 802.11n does not come to its full potential.
Being able to switch to 802.11n on the 5GHz band is the perfect solution for anyone who lives in an area with a lot of other wireless devices, as the 5GHz band is barely used, but it is fairly useless if you are in an area with little to no other wireless. The 5GHz band is also not supported by all that many devices, in my case I had to leave it on 2.4GHz to support my Tivo and other wireless devices.
All in all a great router, a great price, and something that would be worth 5 stars if it had Gigabit network ports....more info
- Good Wireless N Dual Band Router
The D-Link DIR-628 RangeBooster N Dual Band Router with 4-Port 10/100 Switch, 2 Antennas and Dual Band Draft 802.11n is a great option for anyone looking to set up a wireless network in their home. Fitted with dual band support, this device will let you use old devices that depend on the G standard and the newer N standard as well. Setup is easy and straightforward on both Windows XP and Vista. You should be up and running within 20 minutes with this baby. The thing that is nice about D-Link is the price. You get the same technology at a better value and it will perform, no doubts about that.
If you need a wireless router for the home or office you owe it to yourself to take a look at this great product.
**** RECOMMENDED...more info
- Had a high hope, but ...
This is my 4th wireless router. When I got this, I was excited to have a wireless N connection. My MacBook supports wireless N, and I was expecting to have an HD quality video streaming over the wireless network. And yes, I could watch the HD video files that needed the high transfer rate. Also the installation CD that comes with it was very helpful to setup the router. Although I do not need any setup CD to configure the router, I wanted to give it a try and it worked pretty well. The person who does not have any knowledge about a router and network can setup the wireless network with security within 15 minutes with this setup CD. So, this router could have been the great product for me. Well, I cannot give this product 4 or 5 stars due to the problem that I have been having. Here is the story.
I am using many devices on my wireless network. There are 4 computers (3 PC notebooks, 1 Macbook), 4 gaming consoles (PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PSP), and an iPod Touch connected wirelessly, 1 desktop, and 1 network access storage are attached by the cable to the router. The job taking most of our network bandwidth is the streaming of video, audio, and pictures. My family members store their movies, MP3s, and digital pictures on the network drive and enjoy those over the wireless connection. So, stable and constant transfer rate is the most important thing in our network to watch movies flawlessly. However, I sometimes got some movies paused for the buffering. My MacBook, which has the latest wireless techonology, has been OK. However, my old laptops sometimes have jerky videos and are disconnected from the network. I updated the firmware of DI-628 to the newest one and tried every possible combinations of the parameters in the router to get the stable connection. I tried the different security methods, WAP, WEP and no security option and got the same results. This might be the compatibility issues with the wireless cards that I am using in different laptops, however, the previous routers, Linksys WRT54G and Netgear WGR614, did not have any problem like this. I do not think the DI-628 that I have is the defective one. It just sometimes does not work best. Now, I am using a DI-628 and a Linksys WRT54G router together. The DI-628 is used for the wireless N connection of my MacBook and the Linksys one is supporting my old laptops. And the DI-628 has weaker range than the linksys one. I got only 57% of signal strength where I can get 70% signal strength from the linksys router.
Well, I am happy when I use my MacBook with a wireless N connection. I truly enjoy the fast speed of wireless N. The DI-628 is pretty good when it works as other reviewers said. But, it could have been perfect if the DI-628 has great compatibility and constant transfer rate that I have had from other routers....more info
- Great value
As already a happy owner of DIR-655 I was a bit sceptical when I have received the DIR-628 which is priced much lower. Setup as usual was a bit annoying, as I don't get why you should have to use a cable to setup a wireless router. Once up and running I was surprised that all laptops were connecting to Internet much faster as compared to DIR-655.
Obviously, I wanted to play with the 5-GHz feature, which DIR-655 does not have. I do not have any 802.11n devices, but both mine and my husband's laptops support 802.11a. So we have setup the router on 5-GHz band, and ... it's amazing! We live in a high rise building in New York and it seems that all our neighbours have wireless networks. We have gotten used to our connections falling out frequently in the evenings and on weekends. 5-GHz has cured that immediately, what a relief!
The major downside for a regular user would be that all your devices would need to support 802.11n or 802.11a in order to enjoy 5GHz band. However since I now have two routers, we have connected them together, so that devices with 802.11a support connect to DIR-628, and everything else connects to DIR-655.
Finally, the best thing about the DIR-628 is its price; you get both great performance and many great features for an extremely reasonable price.
- D-Link Rangebooster + Network Magic = One Happy Customer
I've only been using the Rangebooster for a few days, but I must say I'm very pleased. The less I have to think about it, the more I like it! No fuss routers that do their jobs well are the ones I like the best.
This has been my experience with the Rangebooster so far:
Installation was a bit bumpy. While everything was connected right the first time, it took a couple power cycles of my PC, cable modem, router, and the VOIP modem to get everything to "play well together." Once all the hardware synced properly, it was smooth sailing. All the other computers quickly recognized the new connection with minimal or no help from me. The only exception was the laptop and Tivo. The laptop gave me a "certificate" error that I had to fix and Tivo just needed to be directed to the new connection and new password.
Both issues were resolved quickly.
At present, I have 3 PCs and a VOIP modem cabled to the router. On the wi-fi side I have an older laptop, a Series 2 Tivo, and a Wii. So far they are all playing nicely together for several days now. No problems or hiccups found. The QoS for my VOIP is excellent and it is installed "behind" the router.
Once all were up and running properly I installed Network Magic, the included software program on D-Link's installation CD. It's optional, but out of curiousity I wanted to check it out. Wow! So glad I did! This little program made setting up wireless security and other adjustments on the D-Link Rangebooster SO EASY! It also keeps me updated on the network's state of affairs and alerts me if it finds any problems. Nice! Network Magic is a gem of a program and I gladly recommend everyone to at least try it. I'm glad D-Link included it with their router package. (The basic version is free, the upgraded version cost extra.)
The real bummer I realize after I got the router is that I needed to also get the N-adapter to truly take advantage of the "N" goodies available on this router. Sheesh - how silly of me to think otherwise. They are now my future purchase list.
For a talented router that can work with your existing network and wi-fi needs, the Rangebooster does very well and is fairly priced. If you want to take advantage of the N-features, don't forget to buy the additional USB adapter or network cards you may need.
Wireless USB Adapter Rangebooster N Draft 802.11N or search d-link N adapter on Amazon....more info
- Fast router, but has a major problem
The DIR-628 is a fast router, easy to set up, and easy to maintain.
However, as another reviewer wrote, after a while it will refuse to save any chnages you make to the router settings. D-Link support has no info on this, but there are messages all over the web detailing this problem.
If DLink fixes that bug, I would recommend this router. As it is, I can only give it two stars, and a 'don't buy' advice....more info
- DLink Rangebooster vs Netgear RangeMax Speed Performance Test
This review is intended to share with you the results I obtained in a side by side comparison of the DLink RangeBooster on this page, and the RangeMax WNDR3300 Dual Band Wireless-N Router by Netgear. What I did was leave the Netgear hooked up to my network, then disconnected my network, and simply installed the DLink right from the modem, and then directly to the same PC I used in both tests.
These are internet download and upload speeds using Verizon DSL 1.5 service, and their "Verizon Infospeed" test. (Google it and try yours) I ran the test twice for each hookup, immediately following one another. I hooked up the DLink ran the test 3 times, then hooked up the Netgear, ran it 3 times, then did the same on the DLink again, and the Netgear again, for a total of 6 tests on each unit. So I hooked up the network configuration twice for each router, for a total of 4 times. I got very consistent results. Here are the results:
DLink download speeds 1508, 1496, 1494
DLink upload speeds 314, 314, and 314
Netgear download speeds 1431, 1439, 1443
Netgear upload speeds 362, 368, and 367
DLink download speeds 1497, 1499, 1499
DLink upload speeds 314, 314, and 314
Netgear download speeds 1469, 1460, 1468
Netgear upload speeds 374, 374, and 374
I purposely posted the results so you could interpret them yourself. To save you the trouble of doing the math;
I averaged all of the results for each router. The DLink was 3% faster on download than the Netgear, and the Netgear was 15% faster on the upload. By looking at the numbers, you realize that 1499 download average on the DLink compared to Netgears 1450 is a difference, but not enough to notice. On the other hand the 369 average on uploads on the Netgear, compared to the average 314 on the DLink is somewhat noticeable if you are uploading larger files.
Of course there are other factors to consider when buying a router. The Netgear is slightly more expensive but produces both G and N simultaneously, whereas the DLink does not; it is either G or N, but not both at the same time. I remember reading another review on the Netgear where a range test was performed within the G range, and found it to be slightly weaker than some of the competition, but the N is just as strong.
There are many more factors to consider other than just internet performance, but I hope this was helpful. Myself, I am using the Netgear for my internet router, but have most everything on the network wired to a Gigabit switch to maximize internal network traffic. Eight port gigabit switches are inexpensive, and all you do is hook up one of your routers ports up to it. D-Link DGS-2208 8-Port 10/100/1000 Desktop Switch
Finally at the risk of sounding silly, I like the looks and the big blue light on the side of the upright Netgear router. It illuminates all of the devices like switches, router, modem, surge protector etc in that section. When I walk by at night, with all the little lights burbling and the blue light just adds a totally cool effect to the room. Enough of that.
On the other hand, those who are planning on using just a router, and want to hook all of their devices up to the 4 ports, you may want to consider a gigabit wireless router such as D-Link DIR-655 Extreme N Wireless Router which is currently cheaper than buying a separate router and switch, but with only 4 ports available. Considering the currently running instant rebate on the DLink extreme, bringing it down to the approximate same price range, that would be the best way to go.
Depending on whether you are going to be getting just a router, or if you are adding onto an existing system, and just need a switch, or the biggie of going wireless, I hope the above information is helpful.
- Extremely disappointed and then deceived
At first was disappointed with lack of N capability (no better, often worse at distance than a G network I had previously) . .finally gave up, decided to use it as bridge (put the other router back as main rounter) so I could access the N capability . . after spending hours trying to figure out why I couldn't bridge it (the way the MANUAL said it could). . technical support says it can NOT be done and can not take back the router or exchange it for a different one (THANKFULLY Amazon has).
I would not recommend this router, or D-Link after this experience (at best very deceptive /??? fraudulent marketing with NO thought to correcting the situation for me as a customer)...more info
- I like it so far
Well, as far as 2 day use goes, it is great. My not wireless printer is hooked up and printed wirelessly (the D-Link SharePort Network USB utility). All my computers are hooked up (3 wirelessly) with relatively simple steps.
Overall, keep in mind I have had it for 2 days, it is working just fine.
PS I am only using the 2.4 GHz not the 5 GHz band, so I am not sure about the conflicts that arise from there.!
If you need a new wireless router and have a "N" wireless network card, then this product is not bad. ...more info
- Problem free router
Have had it installed for several months and no problems at all. Set up wa a breeze...more info
- Easy to install, great performance, flexible security features
D-Link DIR-628 RangeBooster N Dual Band Router with 4-Port 10/100 Switch, 2 Antennas and Dual Band Draft 802.11n
Original firmware: 1.00 (Upgraded to 1.12)
Hardware version: A1
Bottom Line Up Front: Versatile WiFi router that offers maximum compatibility for most network devices and computers. I never ran into a problem using the Dell Inspiron E1505, Dell Studio 15, Dell Mini 9, or iPod Touch 1st gen on the WLAN. The only issue I encountered was with the VoIP modem, and was rectified when I changed the default IP for the DIR-628.
The D-Link DIR-628 Dual Band router is not capable of handling simultaneous 2.4 GHz / 5.8 GHz signals, but D-Link never claims this in the first place. Most of the common WiFi functions are typically handled (i.e. 802.11g) at 2.4 GHz, while 802.11n is in the 5.8 GHz frequency range. For the purpose of this review, I only utilized 802.11g devices consisting of an integrated Intel WiFi card in my Dell Inspiron E1505 and an Apple iPod Touch (Firmware 1.1.5). I evaluated the DIR-628 with a Motorola cable modem, Linksys 4-port wired router, and a D-Link switch as part of my LAN. In addition, I used the DIR-628 as a "master" router in a segregated network environment and as an additional switch. I upgraded the firmware to 1.12 (the latest official firmware as of this review) upon installing the router, but it came from the factory with 1.00. The reason I mention the hardware revision and firmware revision is that router manufacturers love to change suppliers throughout the lifecycle of a product.
In terms of security features, the DIR-628 offers all of the common security provisions for WLAN functions (Such as WAP/WAP2, AES, MAC filtering) and a NAT firewall. Since the built-in functions are not enough, network segregation is commonly recommended to protect sensitive computers within a wired LAN from potential WiFi access. One can find more information on network segregation by doing a Google search for this term.
D-Link makes numerous recommendations to using their CD to help set up the router. I consider myself an intermediate to advanced computer user, so I tossed the CD aside and manually installed the router. My LAN/WLAN was online within 15 minutes, so it is obvious the CD is not required. The DIR-628 has 4 Ethernet ports, 1 Ethernet "WAN" port, a USB port, and 2 antenna coaxial feeds. It also comes with a plastic stand that helps you mount the DIR-628 in a vertical position.
The DIR-628 menu interface is simple to manipulate, albeit slower than I would have liked. There are numerous options to play around with, such as setting up a schedule to turn your WiFi on or off depending on the day and time, as well as a MAC filter to allow or deny certain computers access to the router/network.
The WiFi and wired performance is exceptional. In a segregated network, I did not notice any network bottlenecks or connectivity issues operating my PCs from behind the Linksys router. The only issue that I did encounter was compatibility problems with a Sipura/Linksys SPA-2100 VoIP modem. It acted up when I configured both the DIR-628 and the Linksys in the segregated network. The SPA-2100 functioned when I had just 1 router in the network, but with both enabled it stopped working. After fiddling around with the configuration, I discovered the SPA-2100 only worked when connected to the "master" router and when no one else was using 192.168.0.1, which is its default gateway/IP address. The DIR-628 also happens to use that address as the default. Some people recommended manually configuring the SPA-2100, but that is not possible if your VoIP provider mandates automatic provisioning.
Pros: Easy to setup, no performance issues, flexible options for securing WiFi connectivity, attractive design. It comes with a useful router stand to facilitate vertical positioning of the router. The included Ethernet cable has the protective sleeves for the RJ-45 clips. The AC adapter is quite slim and does not take up any additional receptacles on a power strip or surge protector.
Cons: Menu interface can be sluggish, experienced some problems hooking up a Sipura SPA-2100 VoIP modem in a segregated network environment. The menu interface can also be threatening to a beginner, but offers enough options and selections to make it easy to use for an advanced user.
Overall: I was able to get the DIR-628 to function properly within a few hours operating in a slightly complex network configuration with over half a dozen computers/devices without experiencing any critical problems. I give it 4.5/5 stars. The ? star deduction is for the menu interface speed (which seems to be prevalent among many routers) and the dozen or so warning stickers/diagrams "requiring" that I use the CD to install the router.
UPDATE: I am now using the D-Link with a Dell Studio 15 equipped with a WiFi abgn card, and I noticed that the Studio 15 has locked onto a "N" band signal at 2.4 GHz. D-Link's setup shows it as having a 104 Mbps connection at 100% while my E1505 just uses a standard "G" signal at 54 Mbps. Although the N band isn't at 5.8 GHz, the 104 Mbps speed surprised me. I have not experienced any problems with the D-Link since my original review....more info
- Simple Hookup, period. Good bang for buck, ok range.
This was absolutely simple to hook up, one just has to follow the simple directions. We are now internetting over coffee in the back yard and my wife is doing recipes live from online in the kitchen. We love it....more info
- Tough setup
Well 4 hours into the setup process I finally got this thing up and running, and that was without draft n speeds, just g. First problem is that the software didn't immediately load up from the installation disk. I am running windows vista and have had for over a year, so I'm used to the compatibility issues, but would have thought that wouldn't be an issue now. I had to access the setup from my file directory and then I made the mistake of installing net-magic which didn't help either. In hindsight I should've spent more time looking at what was compatible with my wireless network adapter that's installed on my laptop (intel wireless chipset 4965agn) and started with the pdf manual for the router.....Anyway tips and tricks:
1.Bypass the net magic, it is a trial run service that will clog up your startup sequence and slow down your machine's speed. Connect your laptop directly to the router via an ethernet cable. Access the router's set up page (type in 192.168.0.1 in your url bar on your browser) and configure your wireless network from there. I copy and pasted the "key" into my network setup screen on windows, I had to manually set this up as windows did not find this connection for me automatically, windows issue and no fault of the router. Once I did this I eventually connected but only at "g" speeds. The pdf router manual helps you with this.
2. Ensure that the wireless security on your the wireless network adapter in your laptop is set to the type of security that your router is set to. For example I chose AES and TKIP settings on the WPA2 personnel security protocol on the router, my network adapter only allows draft n speeds using TKIP, so this created issues (g speeds versus n speeds) when I went to connect, so I had to match these to get the higher n connection speed. I found this on intel's website.
3. Could not connect on the 5 ghz frequency, my network adapter supports this but couldn't get both to work, so I'm just using the 2.4 ghz band for now with no issues.
4. Make sure that you have the latest driver's and firmware for both the router and your network adapter.
5. Draft n speeds drain the battery down quicker.
Overall I'm connected, the speeds are draft n and no dropouts or issues with having to reboot the router or modem as with my old equipment. I'd rate this higher if it hadn't taken me so long to get connected. No issues with my wired devices....more info
- Surpasses Linksys
After 6 months my Linksys WRT54G inexplicably began failing. The software for the Linksys would only install on XP and Vista OS, so I had to abandon installation on my HP Proliant Server, which runs Windows Server 2003. When I installed the software on my 64bit Vista desktop, it failed to recognize the internet connection and other devices on my network, despite the fact I had a connection and could browse the web, as could my other devices.
I picked up the D-link DIR-628 and will NEVER go back to Linksys. Setup was easy, after just a few minutes I had my PS3, two laptops, server, and Desktop all up and running. The included software works great on all of my Windows versions, and is very user-friendly. I can't speak to reliability since I've only had it about a month, but so far so good!
If you're looking for a router that is versatile, performs well, and is easy to install, you won't go wrong with this D-Link product.
- SecureSpot Parental Controls are excellent
I bought this router for one reason and one reason only - the SecureSpot parental controls. By putting 1st class surf control features in the router you eliminate the need to install and maintain controls on each individual computer. But the real reason I bought it was that my kid is getting an IPOD touch for XMAS and there is no way to implement parental controls on non-standard wi-fi capable device without doing it at the router. The IPOD Safari browser offers a pretty good surfing experience and I didn't want my kid finding or receiving the worst the Internet has to offer.
SecureSpot allows me to create a custom surfing profile for an unlimited number of devices (including PC's, Macs, IPODs, XBoxs, PlayStations, etc, etc). I can alter the parental controls from any Internet connection in the world.
Note: My router was shipped to me using version 1.10 of the Firmware, but you must have version 1.12 of the firmware (or later) to get the SecureSpot features. I downloaded the update to the router and installed it in about 10 minutes. In addition, you should know that there is a charge of $30 a year for SecureSpot - a bargain when you consider the lack of router based, parental-control-capable alternatives. For $30 a year you also get anti-virus (McAfee) and anti-spam software for up to 4 devices, but I don't plan on using this as I prefer AVG anti-virus. And these features require you to install a thin-client software on each computer.
The router also allows you to create blackout times for when a particular computer is to have no access to the Internet.
If you were to bring a new computer into my house and connect to my router, you would be directed to a registration page. From this page you can either enter my network as a Guest or Register the computer. If you enter as a guest you will be granted access to my network for 24hrs and you will receive a severely restricted "Guest" parental control profile. To register the device to my network you will have to get me involved as it requires the password. Once registered you are good to go, however I will give you a profile that is appropriate for who you are. All this is done without ever having to install anything on the device. The router keeps itself up to date on the latest sites automatically.
This router fills a genuine need at a reasonable cost. Way to go D-Link.
One problem has cropped up. This router does not keep time properly and this is a problem if you are using the SecureSpot features. I am trying to limit my kids access to the Internet by time of day and when the router loses 2 hours every 3 weeks this feature loses it's effectiveness. The router's clock seems to run fast. It's easy enough to reset, but still I hope DLink will fix this....more info
- A Very Solid Router
I really like this router. It was easy to set up and get working. It has a ton of options that let you control everything you would ever need to. It also has setup wizards so you don't ever have to use those settings if you don't want to. You can have both a wireless G network for your older devices as well as a wireless N network for your newer faster devices. Dualband means that you can select either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz for your wireless N network. The specs are pretty clear that you have to pick one or the other. 5 GHz does work better, but not all wireless devices support it yet.
- The Web interface is easy to use covers everything I need to do.
- It includes a setting for the lease length for DHCP. I had problems since the NetGear Dualband did not have this.
- Allows the router to email you the logs on a user specified schedule.
- Firmware is easy to update and the router will check if there is an update available.
- It is easy to find the grid of attached devices along with all the stats for each connected device both wired and wireless.
- Security for wireless also allows you to just pick the device from the list of attached devices and add it to the allowed devices. On other routers you have to type in MAC addresses.
- It includes two antennas to improve reception.
- It comes with a trial of the Network Magic software. I tried it for the heck of it and really liked it. It shows your network in a graphical format and lets you know all sorts of things that are going on. I have a network with a total of over 20 wired and wireless devices. I ended up getting this software because it was so useful.
Items to note:
- It is not a 1 gigabit router. But you can easily plug it into a 1 gig switch and then plug all your 1 gig devices into that switch.
- There are no big bright lights to light up the room like other routers....more info
This router is pretty decent. Its not top of the line but neither is the price. Signal strength was good and it is easy to manage. I wanted to use it only as an access point and it was very easy to set it up this way. It doesn't have over the top glowing lights like another router in its class. The only thing that should really be included at this price point is gigabit switching. Overall this is a good product that met my expectations....more info
- Buggy firmware
Has a major firmware bug - you can't save any settings. Basically, user has 1 chance to setup his home network, then no changes will be possible.
D-link support is not helpfull, so now decide for yourself if you want a router with such a bug.
- Works good, setup easy on Mac
Let me start by saying that I don't have any devices that can take advantage of the 5-GHz feature, so this review is limited to using it with a Powerbook G4 with 802.11g Airport Extreme.
I was a bit concerned when I found out that the setup wizard on the CD was for PCs only. There are, however, complete instructions in the user manual on setting the router up using a Mac. The instructions were clear and I had the router up and connected to the Mac in less than 20 minutes.
Speed and range of the router seems to be pretty good and I have had no dropouts in the connection.
Overall, no cons to speak of, only pros. I'm also prepared for the future if I end up getting new devices that can take advantage of the 5-GHz technology. ...more info