by April 12, 2005 0 comments



This router from D-Link is compatible with 802.11g standard and is meant for enterprises. It has one WAN port and four 10/100 Mbps LAN ports. An array of LEDs is provided to check the status of power, WAN and WLAN. The router provides the standard 64, 128 and 256 bit WEP. It can act as an inbound virtual server. Setting it up as a virtual server allows remote clients to access local clients like Web or FTP.

The router provides support for various filters that can be used to deny users of the network from accessing the Internet or specific domains and URLs. These filters are IP filters, MAC filters, URL blocking and domain blocking. We did not see a fully functional URL blocking feature in the Belkin router reviewed last month, page 140. This AirPlus doesn’t have SPI based firewall unlike the Belkin. Managing the router is easy since the Web interface of the router provides support for tracking the device status, system log and outgoing/incoming traffic to the router. 

We tested this router using NetIQ Qcheck for throughput, response time and streaming rate. It gave a satisfactory throughput of 13 Mbps and a response time of 3 ms. The data streaming test gave a throughput of 950 Mbps at rate of 1000 Kbps for 20 secs. It did well with Bluetooth interference as well.

The Bottom Line:
At a thousand rupees less than the Belkin router reviewed last month, its better performance and price make it a better buy.

Rupin Vij

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