The Good Top throughput; easy setup; advanced firewall protection; 256-bit WEP encryption; inexpensive.
The Bad Short range; no wall-mounting hardware; must register to activate warranty.
The Bottom Line Its ease of use, good performance, excellent security features, and low price make the DI-614+ a strong candidate for home and office use--but its limited range and strict warranty requirements pull it up short of perfection.
D-Link AirPlus DI-614+
As dozens of cookie-cutter products continue to crowd the Wi-Fi market, D-Link differentiates itself with its new, inexpensive AirPlus DI-614+ wireless router. Underneath its sleek, silver-and-gray styling, the unit houses an enhanced Texas Instruments 802.11b chip that claims to boost throughput by as much as 20 percent. Aimed at SOHO users, the DI-614+ delivers ease of use, good performance, and exceptional security. Unfortunately, we found its range and warranty disappointing.As dozens of cookie-cutter products continue to crowd the Wi-Fi market, D-Link differentiates itself with its new, inexpensive AirPlus DI-614+ wireless router. Underneath its sleek, silver-and-gray styling, the unit houses an enhanced Texas Instruments 802.11b chip that claims to boost throughput by as much as 20 percent. Aimed at SOHO users, the DI-614+ delivers ease of use, good performance, and exceptional security. Unfortunately, we found its range and warranty disappointing.
It's all in there
The $150 DI-614+ offers a lot for the price. The unit sports four Ethernet ports and one WAN port for connecting a cable/DSL modem or an existing wired network. The device comes complete with a six-foot Ethernet cable, an AC adapter, and gray, snap-in rubber feet that let you position the router vertically or horizontally. Unfortunately, the unit ships without any wall-mounting hardware. An illustrated Quick Installation Guide clearly explains how to set up the router, and the included CD contains a thorough, 71-page electronic manual with step-by-step help for networking printers. Additionally, the product's two antennae rotate 360 degrees.
The easy-to-use, Web-based setup wizard holds the user's hand through configuration of the router. After you add the type of IP connection (static, dynamic, or PPPoE), the SSID info, and the WEP encryption level, the router restarts and does the rest. Like other products, the DI-614+ comes with WEP security turned off, with an SSID of default, and with DHCP activated; we suggest you immediately change these parameters to more secure ones.
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