Problems and Improvements

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D-Link's latest entry into the wireless router arena, the D-Link DIR-825, refines some features and adds a few more to an already crowded market. Can small businesses benefit from the refresh of D-Link's dual-band Xtreme N Gigabit Router?


There is one nit to pick with SharePort: Currently the technology only works with PCs that must run a small piece of client software to access the attached device. A nice improvement would be the ability to use Windows shares natively to access attached devices. Perhaps D-Link could integrate Samba or some other network share technology into the device to eliminate the need for an additional client.

Another important feature is the addition of Gigabit Ethernet ports to the DIR-825. The unit sports four of those ports and monitors the power requirements of wired connections to reduce the power needed. Although a little on the gimmicky side, the reduced power consumption aspect should appeal to the green crowd that does not want to sacrifice performance for energy savings.

The combination of Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n technology helps make the unit a good performer and promises the ability to stream high-definition video and high-quality audio. High-bandwidth applications such as those are further enhanced by the implementation of QOS (quality of service) technology, which prioritizes traffic. D-Link's QOS goes one step further by segmenting wireless traffic, offering high-bandwidth applications over 802.11a, while relegating slower traffic to 802.11g. A nifty feature if one can use it—after all, it does require wireless clients to have support for both 802.11a and 802.11g.

Of course, solution providers can expect to find all of the expected features on the device, ranging from encryption to dynamic DNS (Domain Name System) support, leaving very little more to mention about the device.

One area that has been of concern with D-Link products is quality. Many have questioned the quality of the company's devices, along with its technical support services. While the DIR-825 sports plastic construction, the product's fit and finish seem to be quite good. Ample air vents should help to control heat generated, while an automated startup CD should reduce tech support calls. Although it will take time to determine if the DI-825 can withstand the rigors of small business use, early indications are positive. Unfortunately, the company only offers a one-year warranty on the product. A longer or lifetime warranty would show that D-Link is willing to back its quality initiatives.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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