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D-Link DIR-100

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    6.9 6.9 from 15 reviewers
  • Ease of use (7)
    7.4 7.4 from 7 reviewers
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  • Installation (2)
    8.0 8.0 from 2 reviewers
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    6.9 6.9 from 6 reviewers
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D-Link DIR-100

The D-Link DIR-100 is an ethernet broadband router that allows the user to build a network where several people can simultaneously browse the web, chat on-line and share resources effeciently. It is ideal for novice home and small office users who are creating their first networks.

Features

The D-Link DIR-100 supports Quality of Service (QoS), by prioritizing delay-sensitive traffic like Internet telephony, multimedia streaming and on-line gaming. This provides the user with…

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D-Link DIR-100

The D-Link DIR-100 is an ethernet broadband router that allows the user to build a network where several people can simultaneously browse the web, chat on-line and share resources effeciently. It is ideal for novice home and small office users who are creating their first networks.

Features

The D-Link DIR-100 supports Quality of Service (QoS), by prioritizing delay-sensitive traffic like Internet telephony, multimedia streaming and on-line gaming. This provides the user with a smooth connectivity without suffering from the effects of the network congestion. In addition to that, the D-Link DIR-100 router features a Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall for protection against Internet Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. SPI inspects the contents of all incoming packet headers before deciding which packet are allowed to pass through. Access control is also provided with the packet filtering based on port number and source / destination MAC / IP addresses. Besides that, with the Virtual Server Mapping, only spicific services on a local server, like web, FTP or games may be made accessible from the Internet, ensuring the rest of the machine stays protected from hackers. If necessary, any of the built in LAN ports of the router can function as a DMZ port. Not only that, parental control allows parents and network administrators to filter out inappropriate URLs, block domain and control when Internet use according to the time of day. Other features in the D-Link DIR-100 include the D-Link Click’n Connect, an interactive install wizard, which is provided with it. This allows anyone with no prior technical knowledge to install and connect the router to the Internet within minutes, just by running the CD. The user is taken through establishing physical connections, configuring basic settings for the device and connecting to their ISP just by following a few steps.

Review Summary

The DIR-100 can work adqueately, IF, I say again with a really big, IF you are only running 2-4 light users, and IF you have one hell of an uplink connection (Cable Modem, DSL 2000+, something with a nice fat pipe). When you are running a limited speed connection in (200kb down/60kb up), and you are trying to push multiple users through, the D-Link keeps up to a point. Then it just flat stops trying. The little status lights will keep blinking like crazy, but nothing will get through.

The QOS (Quality of Service) engine works, kinda. I would think that P2P and Bittorrent had been around for long enough that D-Link's QOS engine could recognise and prioritise it.

It can't.

Did they include an option to cap connections from a user/IP/MAC to a certain number of connections (like they tried in XP SP2, but the hackers used the LevelLord patch to bypass)?

No.

Did they include a preset “block P2P networks” in their firewall?

No.

Did they include any form of bandwidth limiting by IP settings that could at least provide equal quality levels for all users?

No.

The least they could have done was set their QOS engine to level QOS by IP/MAC instead of leveling it by connection. As it is, one user running bittorrent can “hog” the entire connection, where even DNS/ICMP messages can't get through (know, I had to blacklist one of my user's MAC addresses, and he wasn't happy), and that one user ends up not getting a very good connection either.

Can you do some of these things manually??? Yes and no. I blocked all port traffic TCP and UDP above port 1000. Was this easy… No. Was this horrifically complicated… Yes and No. The DIR-100's firewall configuration screen isn't the best setup one I've ever seen.

BTW, the MAC Filter control screen: Only a limited number of slots that you can enter a MAC to block. Options for MAC Filtering: “Do not MAC Filter”, “Turn on MAC Filtering, and only allow the following list of MAC addresses”, and “Turn on MAC filtering and Deny Network access to the following MAC Addresses”. Now, here's the kicker. I blacklist a mac that has 640 active connections. I go back to the active connections screen. They are still active! I reboot the router. The connections show up again! All I have done is keep the device from opening ANY MORE connections. Bug… D-Link, you have a cockroach the size of NYC in your firmware.

Does their “Schedules” settings actually work… kinda, if you work only during the daytime. One bug, if you try to set a schedule for a nighttime block that crosses midnight, you have to add it in as 2 schedules, one from the start of the time block till midnight, and a second schedule from midnight till the end of the time block. Just adds one more complication to what should be a simple process.

Things that work, and work well:

Initial setup - Great! We use a static IP, but the router has lots of options for setting up a Dynamically Assigned IP than I knew existed (All the normal options, PPPoE, DHCP, Bigpond… plus some exotic ones for Russian DSL connections that I've never heard of). Was the wizard helpful: Yes, 4 steps that filtered the number of non-applicable fields down to just what you need based upon the questions that you answer.

On-The-Fly ReConfiguration: GREAT! GREAT! GREAT! This router actually has a reboot button on the main control screen. If you need to reboot the router, if it doesn't do it automatically, you can do it with 2 clicks. Average Reboot time (Click, Router Goes Down, Router Comes Up, Connection back up and shooting): 16-19 seconds NO MATTER HOW COMPLICATED YOUR CHANGE IS! Most of the time, my users didn't even notice the interruption, or if they did, they thought it was a net slowdown or lag. Heck, my Yahoo! Messenger doesn't even register a disconnect when I reboot the router (and we all know that a loud fart will cause YM to disconnect and recycle). Lots of routers take 30-90 seconds to reboot, causing all kinds of problems.

Overall Rating: Fair (6/10 stars)

Recommendation: If given the choice between the DIR-100 and another comparable router, and you plan on running more than 3 or more heavy bandwidth users (this includes VOIP/Video Streaming), or you have a limited bandwidth pipe to feed it.…Get something else. If you have a big pipe, and only a couple of medium to light users, and you are not anticipating really needing the worthless Quality of Service features, or you have the choice between this or nothing, go for it.

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  • How do you crash reset your DIR-100 router?

    I accidentally upgraded my firmware with the wrong one and now I can't go to the mini web access part of the router which you type in the URL box. I also tried the reset button but it didn't work. Please help! Tnx!

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2011-05-18

  • Lost Connection

    I was using wireless linksys then and shifted to wired Dlink DIR-100 just this week. I observed that i often lost my internet connection almost 3-5 times a day. What might be the problem? How to fix this?

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2011-02-08

  • do i have to set the firewall up - or is it already to work?

    hi ive had the d-link dir 100 for a couple off years now,, and im a novice with pcs but getting there slowly, do i have to configure the firewall in the router or does it work straight away as i plug in to internet - ?

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2009-01-14

  • why windows needs to close the program?

    i run the disk and when i get to the point to choose and internet connection I do it and its starts "saving".After 2-3 ,right before its finished,i get an error that windows needs to close the programm.I tried it both on my computer (windows xp) and my laptop (windows vista) and the same problem at both places.please help.

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2008-11-11

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