home : hot deals & information involving: D-Link Wednesday, March 16, 2016
- 24-port Gigabit Managed Switch for $80
D-Link's own store is selling a D-Link DGS-1100-24 24-Port Gigabit Managed Ethernet Switch for $80 with free shipping.
It normally sells for about $150, and has positive reviews.
The "managed" feature turns the switch into a smart switch, where you can manipulate each port (duplex, speed, etc.), set up VLANs (for isolating network traffic), QoS (for prioritizing certain traffic), link aggregation (for combining multiple ports to increase bandwidth), and other networking features.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
- D-Link DIR-890 AC3200 Wifi Router for $250 (expired)
D-Link DIR-890 Wireless AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Gigabit Wifi Router for $250 today, and includes a free $20 Newegg gift card.
Normally about $275, and has positive reviews.
This router has a fast 1GHz Dual-Core processor, so it can handle a lot of Wifi devices.
It supports up to 1300 megabit Wifi on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies simultaneously, which translates to about 800 megabit maximum real-world performance.
Use the 5GHz frequency to achieve better performance on supported devices, but the 2.4GHz will give better range.
As this one reviewer wrote, a Macbook running on 5GHz 802.11ac achieved up to 867 megabit Wifi with this router.
It is hard for us to justify a router priced this high since many other great quality routers are available for less than half this price.
However if you have very high Wifi demands, a very fast Internet connection, and if you only want a single router in your home, this could be a good value for you.
If you have the technical know-how and have Ethernet wiring throughout your home/office, you can get cheap 802.11n routers networked together.
Spread the routers throughout your location, set each with different IP addresses, disable DHCP on all but one router, give them all the same Wifi SSID and password, and your devices will get high performance to the closest router.
We use old Netgear DGL-4500 routers that were thrown away by people upgrading to newer routers.
Set each to 5GHz Wifi, networked them together with Ethernet cables/switches, spread them throughout the home, and can achieve 140 megabit (real-world throughput) to each Wifi device.
Configuration was much more difficult than configuring one router, so only attempt a multiple-router setup if you know what you are doing.
An incorrect multiple-router setup can make your Internet and Wifi unstable.