Nearly all changes you can make to your router, are made from the router management page, and this is no different for a D-Link router. If you want to change the name and password of your network, change the security settings, or check the status of the router, you need to get into the router's interface. For someone who would not consider themselves "techy," this can be intimidating, but it is simple to do. And all D-Link routers have a standard step-by-step process to do it.
The first step is to connect your computer device, whether a laptop, computer, phone, or tablet to your D-Link router. You do this with either Wi-Fi or with an ethernet cable. It best to have a wired connection to ensure a stable connection.
Open up your web browser of choice, whether Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or another, and type in your routers IP address into the search bar. The default IP is 192.168.0.1. If that doesn't work for you, you can usually find the IP address on the base of the router.
The right IP address will take you to the login page of your router's maintenance page. From there, you would typically need to input the routers username and password, though by default, on the initial setup, you should not have to put in a password, and the username is admin. If that is not the case, the list of regular default login details for routers can help. Alternatively, you may find the login details on the base of your router. If you have ever changed the username and password, but can't recall what to, you will have to perform a factory reset of the router.
Once logged in to your D-Link router, you can start changing the settings to meet your preference.
D-Link is a Taiwanese networking equipment manufacturer. The company started in 1986 under the name of Datex Systems Inc before changing its name in 1994 to D-Link, which marked its launch as the first significant networking company on the Taiwanese stock exchange. In 2007, D-Link held 21% of the world's market share as a small to medium business, making them the leading networking company at the time. Multiple awards for D-Link products have followed.
D-Link has built up a large variety of products over the 30 years they have been trading. Their commercial line of products includes network switches, network controlled security cameras, firewalls, routers designed for businesses, and more. Their domestic line has the same variety, with routers, security cameras, smart home accessories, network switches, and other networking related devices.
Unfortunately, despite being a highly decorated company, D-Links road to success has not been without some bumps.In 2010 it was reported that some D-Link routers had vulnerabilities with the HNAP or home network administration protocol. Then, in 2015, it was published by a third-party, that the firmware used by some of D-Links routers was open to DNS hijacking when the remote management option in the router settings was enabled. Finally, in 2017, the Federal Trade Commission opened a case against D-Link under the allegation that they had not taken the necessary steps to secure their routers. However, the case got dropped in July of 2019, and D-Link was not considered liable for the allegations. D-Link agreed to implement security enhancements in their software, just in case.
The current range of domestic routers offered by D-Linkis the EXO series. The EXO series has smart meshWi-Fi routers and MU-MIMO Wi-Fi routers. Routers also have an AC classification, which indicates the total Mbps the router can put out. The AC stands for the type of Wi-Fi the router provides, with AC referring to 802.11acWi-Fi. However, be careful not to be misled by a higher number, as the total Mbps gets divided between how many bands the router provides.
A smart mesh Wi-Fi system from D-Link allows you to link your router to a D-Link Wi-Fi extender, such as the DAP-1620 Mesh Wi-Fi extender. Doing this can eliminate Wi-Fi blind spots in a property, giving all network users the best experience with the network. All smart mesh routers are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assitant. The smart mesh routers offered by D-Link include:
MU-MIMO or Multi-User MIMO is a Wi-Fi technology that can allow multiple devices to get the highest possible signal from a single router at the same time. MU-MIMO works by distributing the data from the router more efficiently when compared to a router without MU-MIMO. More efficiency leads to better streaming, faster download speeds, and consistent gaming experience.
D-Link uses two specifications to categorize their domestic routers. The speed of the network the router provides, and whether it is a smart-mesh router or not. Faster is generally better, though your ISP may not offer internet at speeds that can make use of the more powerful, and thus more expensive routers. A smart mesh network is ideal for large properties, though the need for additional extenders can be a cost some people may not wish to pay. All the above offered smart mesh routers come with the MU-MIMO technology to ensure the network they provide is of the best quality, so you are only paying extra for the smart mesh capability. That is important to note for those with smaller properties who do not need such a network.
Once deciding on the type of router you want from D-Link, you need to determine how many bands you need. Tri-band is better, as more networks mean more devices can use the connection at any one time, without affecting the experience of others. Again, such a feature may not be necessary for smaller properties.
Stepping away from the actual network the router provides, some extras should factor into your final decision when buying a new router. Security, for example, is essential when using the internet, and the smart mesh D-Link routers come with included McAfee antivirus protection for an unlimited number of devices. A 5-year McAfee Secure Home Platform subscription and a 2-year McAfee LiveSafe subscription also comes with the smart mesh routers.
This additional security comes on top of the standard security schemes offered with D-Link router, which are WPA and WPA2, both of which can are accessible through the router's maintenance page. D-Link recommends that you only use WPA2 to ensure the best security. However, not all devices are compatible with the WPA2 security scheme. If you find yourself having trouble connecting to the router, you should switch the security settings to WPA. Gaming devices often have issues connecting to a WPA2 network. It is worth noting, that if you have a tri-band or dual-band router, you can set one of the networks to you use one security scheme, and the other to use the other, ensuring maximum compatibility.
Different routers, meet different needs, with not all households able to make the most out of the more expensive, high tech, and powerful routers. Work out your requirements and buy a router that meets your needs.