D-Link DI-704 Cable/DSL Internet Gateway review: D-Link DI-704 Cable/DSL Internet Gateway

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The Good Lifetime warranty; user-friendly, Web-based configuration; supports external analog or ISDN modem connections.

The Bad No uplink port.

The Bottom Line Generous touches, such as bundled cables and a lifetime warranty, put the D-Link at the head of the cable/DSL router pack.

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The D-Link DI-704 Cable/DSL Internet Gateway with four-port switch would lose any contest for visual appeal. However, underlying its plain, gray exterior is an easy-to-use and affordable solution for sharing a high-speed cable, DSL, or ISDN connection. Whether you are a networking newbie or a power user, the DI-704 router has a lot to offer your home or small business. The D-Link DI-704 Cable/DSL Internet Gateway with four-port switch would lose any contest for visual appeal. However, underlying its plain, gray exterior is an easy-to-use and affordable solution for sharing a high-speed cable, DSL, or ISDN connection. Whether you are a networking newbie or a power user, the DI-704 router has a lot to offer your home or small business.

It's in the box
The $129 DI-704 router includes everything you need to get your network up and running. A well-illustrated installation guide walks you through setup. The router also comes with two Cat-5, UTP network cables, so you may not have to buy any yourself. Remember, however, that all the computers you want to connect to the router must have network interface cards (NICs) already installed.

To install the router, simply connect your broadband modem and any devices you want to network to the back of the router. Next, plug in the power supply and turn on the router. Before your computers are able to talk to each other, you'll have to configure the TCP/IP settings for each PC on your network (check the user manual for instructions). Once that's done, launch your Web browser and enter the provided IP address. This takes you to the router's Web-based configuration tool, where you can add or make changes to your settings depending on your ISP connection. Finally, the DI-704 acts as a DHCP server and can send up to 253 IP addresses to networked devices.

Fast and secure
D-Link offers a generous list of standard features with its DI-704 router. The built-in, auto-sensing, 10/100mbps switch provides each node on the network with a dedicated Ethernet connection, which dramatically boosts performance for bandwidth-intensive applications and multiplayer gaming. Users concerned about network security will appreciate the built-in, NAT-based firewall. While NAT is not an enterprise-level firewall solution, it's an effective way to hide the IP addresses of the computers on your local network; the router's IP address is all that's visible to the Internet.

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  • Ports Qty 5
  • Data Transfer Rate 100 Mbps
  • Data Link Protocol Fast Ethernet
  • Type none