"I Like This Box"4.0 starson by eschwei
Pros: Fast, Configurable, "Future Proofed"
Cons: May Be Too Complex for First Time Users
Summary: First off, I like this box. I've owned this router for a while now and find it to be the fastest most configurable "home" router I've had to date.
However, like others, I found the “simple auto installer” to not work correctly during my particular install and the only option was a statement to contact tech support, or something like that. Better for them to have an option, once a roadblock is hit, to exit and go to a manual configuration (I built a dummy “Internet” connection for the box and got past the roadblock that way)
Also, why they chose to default with 192.168.0.1 is a bit of a mystery to me. Yes, you can make arguments on both sides but, 192.168.1.1 is a bit of a de-facto standard out there. It's a silly thing but, when you are typing HTTP://192.168.1.1 and getting 404 errors you just shake your head in wonderment after seeing this default address.
The default DHCP range is also a bit large (99 station IP’s) in the 192.168.0.2 – 192.168.0.100 range.
The features and options cover just about every “home network” technology out there. Including Quality of Service (QoS), Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI/Firewall), B,G,N Protocols, and a full suite of security options.
There are so many that, and this may be the industries fault and not D-Links, auto configuration options may try to be too many things to the end station devices. Does this cause connectivity problems for users. I don’t know but, if you are only using G protocol in your network, keep things simple and select the G only option. I wonder, if you have auto/all selected, the router may attempt to “uplift” to the highest available protocol causing sessions to be re-initialized. I’ve not done testing of this, it’s strictly thinking out loud.
Additionally, Security features are rich and this is always an area that creates complexity. Are the end stations set up with WPA, WPA-2, etc..?
Why WEP is still an option is beyond me. It can easily be argued that WEP is not secure and can be broken rather easily. On a router with this level of technology, it should have been dropped.
Bottom line, unless you are willing to understand the functioning and technologies in an advanced home network, you may want to go with a less complex device. If you want to take control of just about every aspect running your home network, and get some really nice speed, this box does just that.