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This is a wireless network router which you can use with either a cable modem or a DSL modem. I've owned mine for ages - it orginally cost me £76 and, though that's quite a lot compared to some routers, this one is really powerful and I guess you get what you pay for.
This router doesn't come with a modem, as with most of them, but, like the majority of ISPs I suspect, mine supplied me with one as part of the subscription. The signal is perfect all over the house, with every room getting four or five bars out of five on the display on my laptop.
This is despite the fact that the router is unhelpfully located in the study which seemd logical but is in fact right at one end of the house, so it's impressive that we are still getting signal right at the other end above the garage.
The router is very fast too; I'm really pleased with it: I can download a half-hour TV programme from 4OD in about a minute, and my teenage son can play on-line games on his laptop without it jerking. It copes well with Skype calls too, and the web cam workd fine - it's not jerky either.
You don't buy a wireless router for its beauty, but this is a perfectly decent, if slightly space age looking, bit of kit that doesn't offend the eye. It was a bit of a faff to install and get working (it took half an hour and a couple of swear words), but I'm a bit thick about these things sometimes.
It supports both WEP and WPA encryption, uses two firewalls and is something called draft 802.11n compliant. This is obviously really seriously a lot faster than 802.11g, but I don't understand it so I'll stop now before you sus me out. It's a Good Thing though.
I'm really pleased with it and it has continued to work despite small rugrat Oldbag pulling by its cable half way across the study when my back was turned recently and chewing the sticky out aerial bits.
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The DIR-635 Wireless N Router connects to any modem or ISP box to provide Internet access for computers and other network equipment.
Wireless N technology offers more speed, extended coverage and virtually no dead spots while still compatible with previous network standards. This router transfers data at speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
This router, with its Quality of Service feature, automatically detects if audio, video or gaming content is being transmitted over the network and gives these applications priority over less time-sensitive traffic such as email or file transfers.
Setting the router up is easy even for non-technically minded people, with D-Link Click'n Connect: run directly from the product CD-ROM, this wizard takes you through an interactive step-by-step guide that will get you on-line in a matter of minutes. It also includes a simplified method of setting up wireless encryption, the WiFi Wireless Protect Setup (WPS), which works at the touch of a button.
A powerful dual firewall (SPI and NAT) prevents Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and attempts to breach your network from the Internet. You can also define a list of allowed sites to restrict web access during certain periods.