D-Link DI-524 AirPlus G router
D-Link bundles the usual component suspects with the DI-524 AirPlus G router: a CD with documentation and software; an AC adapter; a slightly short, 68-inch Ethernet cable (we'd prefer at least 84 inches); and a printed quick-installation guide. All of the terms and procedures in the DI-524's guide are thoroughly described through text, diagrams, and screenshots, making device setup quick and painless.
The DI-524's browser-based setup wizard automatically detects your Internet connection type. Once it senses whether your connection is dynamic, static, PPPoE, or PPTP, it walks you through setting up the DI-524 for your network type. The wizard also includes the instrumental steps of establishing an SSID and a WEP key. The guide ends with a clear explanation of how to connect the DI-524 to an existing network using either Windows XP or Mac OS X.
The DI-524 is the Fort Knox of wireless router firewalls. It includes domain and URL blocking, which keep unwanted sites away from the kids and thwart unwanted ads, VPN pass-through for remote employees who need access to the corporate network, and the ability to schedule device access by day and time. The firewall also allows for permissible breaches under certain circumstances. For example, you can opt to remove firewall protection from a specific computer on your network through the router's DMZ (short for demilitarized zone) setting. Initiating Game mode lets your computer become a wireless host for games such as Warcraft III. You can also turn off the firewall if you want to permit unrestricted Internet access.
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