- Brand Name: D-Link
- Model Number: DI-524
- Connectivity Technology: wireless
- Network Data Transfer Rate: 54
- Item Display Weight: 1.6 pounds
D-Link DI-524 Wireless 54 Mbps High Speed Router (802.11g)
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- Share your Internet connection with built-in 4-Port switch
- Compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b networks
- Advanced Firewall and Security Controls
- Built-in 4-Port SwitchOperating range of up to 328 feet indoors, up to 1,312 feet outdoors
- Quick and easy set-up
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It can be laid flat on the desk, or propped up on end vertically using the little rubber feet that are supplied. There are 4 ethernet ports that allow you to connect via 10/100 Ethernet and the WAN port to connect to cable, DSL or LAN. The antenna is on a swivel and can be rotated to just about any convenient orientation.
The only thing I don't like about the router is that it doesn't have an internal clock, so every time it is powered off the router's system time goes back to it's default start value. It can be configured to set the time from an NTP server, but only if it's connected to a WAN network (via DSL, cable or LAN). It's only a minor inconvenience though. The other thing is that the router's web interface only seems to work properly if you use IE. Using Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox sort of works for most things, but not everything.
But once I started doing some heavy file transfers and run some bandwidth intensive applications, the problems arose. I noticed repeated DHCP Requests in the log (approximately every 2-5 minutes), dropped packets, DNS resolution failures, slow transfer speeds, and consistent problems with wireless connections. According to the log, the router would also reboot itself almost every day (the log would automatically clear itself whenever the router reboots).
I would consider myself much more tech-savvy than the average person, and I tried all kinds of settings with this router to make it perform better. To no avail, it simply did not work as well as my now dead 3 year old WRT54G.
Based on my experience, if you get this router...
- Forget running any kind of P2P application (azureus, utorrent, bitcoment, emule, limewire, etc.). The issue is not related to firewalls, uPnP, or any other router setting you would typically configure to ensure an optimal P2P transfer. Because of the router's inability to maintain a stable connection (whether PC to router or router to ISP), any kind of P2P activity will be negatively affected, period.
- Forget transferring any kind of large file (600MB+) between 2 wireless clients or even between a wireless and a wired client.
Here are some 802.11g file transfer scenarios I've tried:
Between a PC running Windows XP SP2 and a Mac with OS X 10.3.9 via Samba.
Between two PC's running Win XP via Windows file sharing.
Between a Mac with OS X 10.3.Read more ›
As a regular user, I tried all possible solutions such as moving closer, tried three different brands of wireless adaptors, choose all kinds of different configurations, so on and so forth.
As an experienced computer engineer, I tried different firmware, tried to use network strumbler,tried linux, and more.
Nothing can prevent this router from crash. You can literally tell the router automatically reboot by just looking at the light leds on the front panel. It blinks for 40-50 seconds, and whennever the traffic through the router goes a little bit higher, all leds lighted up staticly and then all shutdown. There you go, re-----booooot!
Someone may say, you get what you paid for. Yes it is CHEAP. but for this product, I would rather pay NOTHING. I won't bother to call the customer service, they could not be more proficient than me. I would not waste more time on this product, otherwise, I would ask D-link paying me for all the time I spent to disgnose this crap.
So, DO NOT BUY! And if you happened read this, and you do agree, please try to click the LINK stating that you think this comment is useful. So that no more victims would suffer as I did in the past few days.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was cheap enough used, not exactly the model I thought I was ordering (also a D-Link, but slightly more upscale), and I never was able to get it to work. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dr Jeyi
I've owned this router for at least 8 years now. It's been with me through 6 apartments now. It's been a great router. Unfortunately, it seems to be at the end of its life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeremy
weak product, after other experiences I no longer trust this brandPublished 20 months ago by ganarce
I bought this router for use wifi in all the house, it worked very good, no problems until now, and the signal is very powerful.Published on June 18, 2014 by Juan Carlos Gonzalez Castaÿ±os
This cost less than buying a new power supply.
I was able to keep the one I had and not reconfigure a new one.
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