"Extremely Annoying"on by tomhaule
Pros easy to uninstall
Cons Complete Disaster
Summary Followed the setup instructions to the letter. Took three tries to register. Three tries to download the client. Once installed, could not get past the browser re-direct. This requires more time and knowlege than the casual home user has. Might work for a small office if you have an I-T person handy to help configure it.
"Nice But..."on by lwiles99
Pros Full Suite Protection
Cons Complicated, No Indication of Reboot, Documentation
Summary This is a nice device. With a wide array of features, however, when a change is made in the web interface, virtually every change requires a reboot. IF you change the password on the system, the client machine must be rebooted as well. Cumbersome! Just like Microsoft used to be requiring a reboot after even the most minor change. There is also no indication that a reboot is occurring and while the reboot is swift, my son was able to channel through to a restricted site. Would be nice if in the web interface you could know when the reboot was occurring and when it was done. documentation is extremely vague. If you are looking for a plug and play solution, steer clear of this. You need to have a higher than basic knowledge of Windows and Networking in order to properly configure this device. Also if you are using VOIP services(Vonage and Sunrocket) you are going to have problems til you get the right ports open. All total, it took about 4.5 hours to get it running right(profiles, filter lists, etc.)
Pros Could, would, should, be great idea.
Cons If no one is supporting it or providing the updated subscription URL filtering then it's worthless. (http://www.dlink.ca/products/?pid=486)
Summary Thanks a heap D-Link!
Pros OOB customizable web filtering and access control for 4 users at varying security levels. More can be added for additional costs.
Bundled with decent enough firewall, anti-virus/spyware, reasonable entry price.
2nd level support is good. (a.)
Cons OOB is for one year filter subscriptions. Renewals cost almost as much as a new device. Conflicts with other security software/systems. DSD-150 very complex for such a small package. Not for the casual user. School laptop took additional work.
Summary After I walked into the living room one morning in the wee hours and found my teen-aged son online, I decided to take a look at the router logs that evening. After checking the logs, and his destinations I found that this was the NOT first time he had been visiting porn sites, some of which were really nasty.
I turned on keyword blocking for his MAC immediately, and installed router logging software, then went looking for more tools.
The DSD-150 answered my immediate needs The web filtering does not slow web access down so far as I could tell. The Parental Controls: Categories, Block/Pass Lists, Scheduling, User and Computer Profiles are excellent and flexible, although non-simple to implement. Web blocking covers over 25 categories. Child porn is blocked by default, and should the block be disabled, a warning is issued.
Several levels of security are available, low, medium and high. The firewall, anti-virus, download blocking, features which require the download of a software client from the vendor site are in the high security profile. The web filtering is in the low profile and does not require the client. I wound up running the client only on the teen-aged boy's prc's, and enabled all the controls. One nice thing is a "safety lock" which has tunable levels that track the number of content violations and apply a lock based on the desired filtering level.
The architecture is provided by Bsecure Technolgies. Inc. I was told by 2nd level support that filtering, especially in the porn area is provided by St. Bernard, and the Firewall, Anti-virus/Spam is provided my McAfee. (a.) 1st level support sometimes was clueless.
The client does not play well with Avenquest / VCom's Systems Suite, or the CA security suite available from my ISP. This is why I only ran the web filtering on my home development platforms. Only Windows and Apple boxes can run the client, Linux clients will only be able to use the web filtering.
When my son's school system provided Mac Notebooks to high school students, as an IT Pro, I was very interested in the system wide roll-out. The school laptops were allowed to be taken home. The school's IT department set up a protocol on all the locked down Mac Laptops so that all Internet access was routed through the school system's Barracuda Spam Firewall. With all the Macs being locked down by the School System's IT department, I was unable to load the OSX 10.3/4 client. This caused a block on the Apple's Interweb access. I finally got it resolved by whitelisting the name of the Barracuda device in the DSD-150. After that, everything was okay.
A major shortcoming (IMHO typical of most pro-sumer level network products) Is a lack of a CLI or scripting interface.
The reason that I no longer use the DSD-150 is the annual cost factor. I have added enough machines to make the annual renewal costs excessive. I have instituted alternative measures, mainly by signing up with OpenDNS and setting my overall web blocking. Other measures are constantly being evaluated, and I'll put them in place.
In conclusion, if you are willing to pay the freight, both in administrative headaches as well as re-occurring costs then the D-Link DSD-150 is well worth it.
"Misleading"on by cyborggiman
Pros You have this warning
Cons product is very expesive parental blocker
Summary I disabled parental control, and communication with device stopped. I found out later that the virus protection is NOT performed by the device. Nor is the firewall. Essentially you are paying for software and an elaborate parental control feature. Not surprize since mcafee is the software maker. Im just disappointed D-Link decided to take this route. Do not be mis-led folks. The device is expensive and unnecessary.Updated
Unfortunately, this product is an example of a company creating a pretend product and selling it, then ignoring you when you tell them it cannot be accessed. All the "administration panel" logs show everything is working. After all the licenses are granted, you will not longer be able to access the device. The McAfee anti-virus (alias besecure) will scan your system at the software level, yet the re-design is less than the real Mcafee product (which is cheaper). If you ask support if the device is really a license server, they will come clean and tell you it is. Nothing is really done at the network layer (as the ads seem to indicate) Always read carefully. Im surprised DLink would reduce their selves to this level, but they did! Be forwarned!Updated
anyone who uses xxx123 is only a nervous employee who knows the device is fraudulent. They are protecting their job. Save your money and use freeware. The big "security" software makers are making the very viruses they claim to protect from. It is that simple they create viruses anonymously then sell you the software to remove it. Freeware is usually created by those who volunteer to keep integrity in public institution of public information. (no profit to corrupt)
Listen to me or ignor me, I am only trying to warn you that this device does not protect anything at the "network layer" it only serves licenses to use a watered down "thin client" called Mcafee anti-virus. (which actually protects you at software layer) the device actually has a security hole and is easily compromised by having a poorly written firmware.
D-Link should drop this partner like a hot rock. It is a fraudulent product (beneath the DLINK name.)