Wireless Routers: Features of DLinks DI 634M MIMO Wireless Router
Posted by Eric Meyer on: 2006-03-29 21:19:08
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If you are interested in purchasing a new wireless router you should consider DLINK's DI-634M. Many wireless routers such as the Linksys WRT54g have been on the market for many years which lack the speed and coverage of newer MIMO enabled routers.
MIMO - MIMO stands for (MULTI in MULTI out), this enables to the router to transmit and receive twice as fast as a non- MIMO router. MIMO technology will be a part of the new 802.11n standard that is being worked out by the IEEE. MIMO technology is also in Wi -MAX routers as also. MIMO does not give your router the ability to cover vast amount of larger areas by it will improve your signal quality and speed of transmission. Still in an average size house you will be able to receive an outstanding signal any where in your home, basement or even the backyard with proper placement.
Wireless Antennas - These antennas are not just your ordinary rubber duck antennas. They are actually four antennas two vertical and two horizontal. Four antennas sending out a blazing fast speed spread evenly on all directions.
VOIP - This router was designed to handle VOIP. Many router state that VOIP will work on their router but the DI-634M blows them away. The biggest reason to VOIP is to save a ton off your phone bill. I was paying $70 a month through the phone company and now use VOIP and pay only $30. I've tried using VOIP with many other wireless routers but the bandwidth is used up.
Security - Security features for this router include:
1.MAC address filtering - Limits only the computers you want or don't want to access the network
2.WEP,WPA,WPA2 - WPA2 is the highest form of wireless security out their for wireless routers. WEP is a weaker form of security with flaw due to it's reuse of encryption keys. WPA2 rotates the keys which doesn’t let the cracker hack your system.
3.TKIP - Encryption is in conjunction with WPA2, if your gamming you will wan't to use TKIP because AES does use more bandwidth.
4.AES (Advanced encryption standard) - Holy crap you need like five degrees and 30 computers to crack this form of encryption. THe only draw back is that all users might not be compatible with it, also it does slow down the network some.
QOS- Quality of Services is all about regulation how much bandwidth each application uses. You don't want lime wire or kazzaa eating up all your bandwidth when your trying to purchase Steelers tickets. So, when you are sharing your internet connection with multiple users you can limit how much their file sharing software eats up. Also you may want to dedicate more bandwidth to gamming programs.
VPN - Setting up a VPN server to your home network or an SSH server is a must. IF you ever need to get around a firewall or proxy server you will need a remote connection. DLINks DI-634M will work with a VPN.
The DLINK DI-634M has all the features you should be looking for in a wireless router. MIMO to extend your wireless signal's range and signal quality. VOIP which will save you a ton of money on phone bills and free long distance. All the latest security features from WEP to WPA-RADIUS. Like I said before to crack WPA2 you have to be an uber hacker who has tons of time and tons of computer power to crack it. Finally QOS if you are sharing your signal with your brother who is sucking up your bandwidth buy this router and get control over it.
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