Thursday, September 13, 2012

DIR600 D-Link Wireless N 150 Home Cloud Router: A Review

Not necessarily that you will be expecting a router to be stylish and compact by design and yet as powerful as delivering greater throughput and covering corner to corner throughout your house or apartment. To help you accommodate your wireless home networking needs, there are so many routers available in markets. However, D-Link Wireless n 150 Home Cloud router is one such stylish router that not only meets your home networking needs but also offers enhanced web protection and miscellaneous features that won’t let you think of buying any other router.
Let’s check the specifications below and then pros and cons of this D-Link router.
Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u.
Single Band: 2.4 GHz to 2.4835 GHz
Antennas: 1 Fixed 5dbi built-in external
Speed: up to 150 Mbps
Ports: 4 x Ethernet 10/100 ports
Encryption Type: WPA and WPA2
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS): Enabled (PBC/PIN)
App Enabled: Yes for Android and iOS devices
UPnP® Support: Yes
Advanced Security: Advanced Dual-Active Firewall with NAT (Network Address Translation) and SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection). Mac Address Filtering (MAF) and URL Filtering for enhanced web protection
Remote Cloud Services: Enabled
OS Compatibility: Windows 7 (64-bit & 32-bit), Vista (64-bit & 32-bit), XP
Miscellaneous Features: Traffic Control, Wireless Distribution Support (WDS), Remote Cloud Access, easy setup and configuration
Pros: excellent for small apartment or house. Easy to install and set up with D-Link setup wizard. Offers enhanced web protection with Dual-Active firewalls viz. NAT and SPI. MAC Address Filtering and URL Filtering ensure that you browse and see what’s safe and not contaminated. Integrated with D-Link Cloud Services, WPA & WPA2 encryption techniques, and UPnP® support. Amazingly affordable at a price of just $29.99 with so many built-in features.
Cons: Not designed for multi-room homes or big apartment. Lacks advanced Wireless standard and dual band. Limited wireless coverage with 1 built-in external antenna. Limited bandwidth and slow data transfer speed with 10/100 4 Ethernet ports. (D-Link router support)
Overview: Dir600 D-Link Wireless n 150 Home Cloud router is an affordable, easy to set up router that meets small home networking requirements. Don’t take it if you have a large, multi-storey or multi-room house. When it comes to web protection, it offers the best with Dual-Active NAT and SPI firewalls. (See Also how to configure firewall settings in D-Link® router)
With Mac Address filtering and URL filtering, it blocks intruders from stealing your bandwidth and data. Enhanced WPA™ and WPA2 encryption ensures that you remain safe and protected from the unprotected wireless network traffic. You can choose any encryption type as per your requirements.
Cloud is the buzz today and D-Link has really heard it. The router integrates Remote Cloud Services that will help you virtually access your wireless home network from anywhere via a Android or iOS device on a Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G network. For this to work, you will have to download the free mydlink app on your Android or iOS device from the D-Link App Store.
This remote cloud service can help you manage your home network from your Android or iOS device. You can see who and when connects to your network, view the web browsing history in real time, set up automatic email alerts, block intruding device connections, and even upgrade your router with the latest updates when available.
If you have multiple devices at your home, there is UPnP® support in the router. With UPnP® (Universal Plug and Play) support, you can multiple devices to the router for file sharing, gaming, and streaming media etc. Thus you can easily connect your printer, XBOX or Nintendo, or TV etc. to start enjoying media or games.
Remember, if you connect and simultaneously share on multiple devices, you may experience slow speed and data transfer issues. To avoid this, you may prefer to connect one device at a time. With Traffic Control, you get ultimate web traffic control and peace of mind as well.
Limited wireless coverage is not meant for you. With Wireless Distribution Support, the D-Link router allows your network to expand using multiple access points without requiring additional equipment. Despite that, with limited hardware capabilities you may not experience significant wireless coverage access. (See Also how to use D-Link wireless bridge to extend your network)

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