“ D-Link DSL G604T - Wireless router + 4-port switch - DSL - EN, Fast EN, 802.11b, 802.11g „
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This router is an ADSL router with wireless built in.
In plain English, it will work with BT Internet Broadband or any companies that provide their service through BT, which in the UK is most. It will not work with Virgin or other cable services.
It has 4 ports which allow you to connect up to four computers via a network cable. On top of that, you can connect wirelessly, so you are not limited to just four computers. Computers that are connected wirelessly, transfer data a lot slower than those connected by a network cable, although if you are accessing the internet, the internet speed will be slower than the wireless anyway. For technical people this is 802.11g which refers to the speed of the wireless connection.
The ADSL modem built in quickly and easily finds your internet connection, setting this router up could not be simpler, however, this has its drawbacks as well.
Instructions are simple to follow, it is easy to set up your internet connection. All I had to do was put in my username and password and I was off. Wireless connections all connected automatically.
This sounds good, however, the wireless should really be encrypted to stop your neighbours from joining your network, using your broadband and slowing your connection down. So you will need to set up some security.
There are two types, WEP and WPA. Both of these are older types, but setting these up, again is very simple. Changing the values can be a problem however and I don't recommend you ever change the values as there is a bug in the router which stops all security working. You will need to download and install a new update to the router and the update is available from the DLink website and is simple enough to do, however there are warnings that make it seem quite scary. You cannot do the update through the wireless connection for example, you need to do it through a computer on one of the 4 network ports.
The router seems to stop working every now and again. This may be a BT problem since a relative has the same problem with his Post Office modem. Resetting the modem is simple. In fact, you can log into the admin panel and reset it from there. So you can reset the modem from a wireless computer which is very handy.
It can be used to connect games consoles to the internet also, I have tried the PS2 and this works by using a network cable to one of the four ports.
As it is a router and not just a modem, each computer can communicate and share files between each other, so transferring data is easy as long as the folder is marked as 'shared'. (Right click and go to the sharing option on the menu).
You can share other items as well. I have a number of printers connected to a desktop. By sharing these printers, I can print from any other computer in the house to any of those printers.
I have had no problems with this router, other than the patch update I had to do. It seems well built (it is designed for office use).
It may have been around a while, but I could really recommend one of these if you are just getting into wireless or multiple computers sharing your internet connection.
As it has been around a while, if I were you, I would try eBay or another auction site to find one of these.
The DSL-G604T is an ADSL Router designed for office use. This router lets you quickly and easily connect to high-speed broadband Internet and share your ADSL line. With a built-in ADSL interface, 802.11g high-speed wireless LAN, 4 10/100BASETX Ethernet switch ports and advanced router functions, this device gives your business a convenient and cost-effective way to install a secure, fast network with bottleneck-free link to the outside world.
With this router, you can easily connect to your ADSL broadband line for Internet access in your office or at home. This device automatically creates an IP number and assigns for each user, simplifying everyone's logon operation.
A standard-based ADSL modem built into this router makes connection to the Internet a breeze. The router also incorporates four 10/100Mbps Ethernet switch ports, providing ready connection for workstations and servers, while saving you the cost and trouble of installing a separate Ethernet switch.
The router also provides the latest standard 802.11g high-speed wireless LAN for ready connection to wireless users. With speeds up to 54Mbps and real throughput up to 8 times faster than that of 802.11b, the new wireless LAN provides the performance necessary for bandwidth intensive applications. In addition, it is also compatible with existing 802.11b and 802.11b+, providing you with the ability to communicate with all wireless devices within the 2.4GHz frequency band.
The router provides NAT protection for your office and home users from any Internet intruders and hackers, plus VPN pass-through for extra security. It also blocks and redirects certain ports to limit the services that outside users can access your network. Virtual server mapping is used to re-task services to multiple servers. This router can be set to allow separate FTP, Web, and Multiplayer game severs to share the same Internet-visible IP address while still protecting your servers and workstations from hackers.
The router supports constricted DMZ to redirect unknown packets to a dedicated server/PC behind the router, enabling a client (such as a Web server) to fully expose it to the Internet and ensure complete Internet application compatibility. This allows you to set up web sites and e-commerce business from your office while maintaining protection for the rest of your office LAN.