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      D-Link DI-704P IP (ADSL/Cable) Router Review

     
     Date: September 22nd, 2003
     Type: Review
     Supplier: D-Link
     Author: mayhem
     R.R.P: $169.95 (AUS)

    With broadband becoming more and more common to see in Australian Businesses and Homes, there is a need to make connections more and more reliable and to share broadband connections between computers within a network. The best alternative to running a Server (which is costly in a small network environment) is to use a Router which itself acts as a server managing a broadband connection and sharing it among the computers that require it. The D-Link DI-704P is one such router with the added feature of a single port print server integrated into its design.

    Product Description:
    The DI-704P is an Ethernet Broadband Router with a built-in 4-port switch. It also features a parallel port to share a printer on the home or office network and includes a print server application for Windows (unfortunately no provided support for Linux). As many as four computers can be connected to the routerís integrated switch, using its four 10/100Mbps AutoMDIX Ethernet ports. The DI-704P package even includes an Ethernet cable to get you started.

    The DI-704P is ideal if youíre creating your first home or small business network, or if youíre a more advanced user looking for additional management settings.

    The DI-704P includes a new, easy-to-use D-Link web-based graphical user interface (GUI) to configure the router. To prevent unwanted Internet intruders from accessing your private network, the DI-704P also serves as a feature-rich firewall.

    So, whether youíre a college student who wants to network with friends and roommates, an executive working at home or in a small office, or a concerned parent who just wants to have more control over how your children access the Internet, then the D-Link Express EtherNetwork DI-704P is the networking solution for you, even if you donít know anything about networking.

    The DI-704P comes with a 1 year limited warranty.

    Features:

    • Inbuilt Firewall protection for our network
    • 4 Port 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX Switch
    • Share your Cable/DSL connections with upto 253 machines
    • Easy to Setup and Upgrade
    • Web-Based Configuration (making it Operating System Independent)
    • Parallel Printer Port (Connect & Share Printer)
    • DHCP Client / Server Support
    • VPN Pass-Through Support
    • Virtual Server / DMZ Support
    • PPPoE Support
    • Remote Administration

    PORTS: 4 x 10/100Mbps RJ 45 Auto Sensing; 1 x 10BT WAN; 1 x RS-232 ; 1 Printer Port (Female DB-25) VPN PASS THROUGH FUNCTION: PPTP , L2TP ,IPSec COMPLIANCE: IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3x Flow Control, 802.1p Priority Queue ANSI/IEEE 802.3 NWay auto-negotiation

    DIMENSION: 300mm x 142mm x 40mm ( W x D x H )

    What you get:
    The DI-704P comes with pretty much everything you need to get up and running, this includes:

    • 1 x DI-704P Router with 4-Port 10/100 Switch
    • 1 x Power Transformer
    • 1 x CAT5 UTP Ethernet Cable
    • 1 x Print Server Software (Windows OS Only)
    • 1 x Manual (Quick Installation Guide)

    Setting Up:
    The first thing you need to do once you have connected the unit to your DSL or cable modem (and to the computers on your network) is make sure your computer is set to obtain its IP address from the network (since the router runs a DHCP server by default). Once you have done that your machine should receive an 192.168.0.x IP address (check this via ipconfig for Windows of ifconfig for Linux).

    To connect to the router via either its Web-Based GUI on port 80 or telnet into the telnet server on port 23, I recommend the GUI if your browser supports it (which just about all browsers these days will) as it makes the configuration process a whole lot simpler.

    When you connect to the router via the web-based GUI, you will be prompted for a username and password by this login screen, by default this is originally:

    Username: admin
    Password: <blank>

    Once logged in you will be given the main page of the router, which contains the "Run Wizard" button, simply click the button and then follow the 4 simple steps to setup your router:

    Click for larger image

    Using the wizard is by far the easiest way to setup the router quickly, just simply follow the wizards steps:

    Step 1 - Set your new password
    It is a good idea to put a password on your router for security purposes, more so for business applications, simply entire the password you want to use and then enter it again to confirm:

    Step 2 - Choose your time zone
    Select the appropriate time zone for where you live, e.g.. In Sydney you should select GMT +10 hours (unfortunately this is not labeled in the router as Sydney, but that doesn't really affect anything).

    Step 3 - Set Internet connection
    If your using DSL (such as Netspace, iiNet etc) then you will need to select PPP over Ethernet (or PPPoE as it is commonly referred to). This will then require you to enter a username, password and service name.

    Alternatively if you are using cable such as Optus or BigPond then you need to select the Dynamic IP Address option. For those with BigPond, this router supports the BigPond login client, which is a big plus and should make life a bit easier.

    Step 4 - Restart
    In order for all these setup changes to take affect you will need to restart the router. This only takes a couple of seconds and once again is completely controlled by the GUI, and once done you will be returned to the routers home page.

    Now that you have setup the router, hopefully you should find that your Internet connection is up and running and you can surf the web, check e-mail and most things as normal. If you encounter any problems the first place to check is the Device Info page in the Status section of the routers configuration. The page looks like this:

    Click for larger image

    On the page you should be able to check under the WAN heading to see if your router is actually connecting to your provider or not, from there you will need to trouble shoot each setup until you find the problem.

    NEXT: Advanced Setup, Testing and Conclusion

     

      Supplier Information

     
    D-Link make a wide range of networking products ranging from network cards (both cable and wireless style) upto hubs, switches, routers and other modern networking technologies. For more information on the goods and services that D-Link provide you can visit their website at www.dlink.com.au or call them in Australia on 1300 766 868.

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