Problems and ImprovementsBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-10-06 Email Print
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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.
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.