1. Ease of Installation
The DI-701 was one of two units that required you to install software to set it up. The others simply allowed you to run their ip address through your (4.x and up) browser, and set it up from there. Whether this is an advantage or a disadvantage depends on your personal preference. Either way is easy enough, but some might find it easier to run the software and set it up, than it is to type in the ip address into your browser. The only disadvantage, I guess, would be having to install more software onto your system. If you're like me, you try to keep Windows as clean as possible (do you know anyone who has been running Windows for more than 6 months? I feel sorry for them).
This is the main setup windows (out of four total). As you can see, the setting up of these routers is pretty simple. In the 'Management' tab (not shown) you enter your "Router Name". This can be confusing at first. This is basically the name your ISP gives you to set up your PC, mine is cr730731-a, that should seem familiar to you cable users out there. Next, you tell it to obtain the port information automatically; this tells the router to get the info from your ISP's DHCP server, just like your PC normally does when you boot up. Your router will then act as a DHCP server to your system(s). This means that if you were already set up for cable or DSL access, this is pretty much all you have to do!
Setting up the DI-701 was an absolute breeze. One thing I should mention is that you have to make sure you plug the cable modem into the router BEFORE you power it up. This will prevent many problems (I didn't do that the first time using this, and I couldn't get it working at first...).
3. Virtual Server Setup
Virtual Server setup was fairly easy with the D-Link DI-701. Just run the config utility, go to the 'Virtual Server' dialogue, and enter the port you want to open, and the local IP of the computer you are opening.
The problem I had with this method is that the most common ports aren't listed until after you type it in. If you want to open Telnet port, you'll have to know that it is Port 23. Other than that, it was pretty simple. The ports close or open as soon as you hit 'Save'. One thing I did like was the ability to browse for the IP you want to open the port on (rather than remember each PC's IP individually).
4. Flash Upgrading
This unit was the only one that required you to log on via the serial cable to do ANYTHING. To upgrade the firmware, just download the latest file, and follow the instructions here. Using the cable was pretty simple, but it required more effort than should be needed.
5. Taste Test
Overall: C+ / 70% (Not scaled to out normal grading system)
All these images can be clicked on for a high- res version!
Next: Linksys BEFSR11
Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002 hardCOREware. All rights reserved.
All trademarks used are properties of their respective owners.
Use IE5 or 6 to see this page properly. 1024x768 resolution is a minimum.
32 bit colour is recommended. Our Privacy Statement