The push to win the hearts, minds and wallets of small- and medium-business network administrators continues apace. D-Link's new DSR-1000N wireless router is an entry-level model aimed at companies seeking an integrated Ethernet, Wi-Fi and 3G VPN-capable solution for use in isolated branch offices.
At its core, the DSR-1000N is an IPv4/IPv6 router with dual Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, four switched Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and a dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi radio — it doesn't support simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz operation, though. 3G WAN capability is provided by plugging in a suitable USB dongle (not provided). D-Link's own dongle, the DWM-156, costs £59.99 (inc. VAT), and 3G can be used as a primary connection or as a failover choice. The dual WAN ports also support auto-failover and load balancing, and one of the WAN ports can be configured as a dedicated DMZ port for running a web server, for example.
As befits its target market of remote workers, its VPN capabilities are pretty decent for this level of router. It supports up to 70 standard IPSec VPN tunnels and 20 SSL VPN tunnels, with a customisable user portal for the latter.
The Wi-Fi can be partitioned into four concurrent virtual access points, each with a separate SSID, making it flexible for separating groups of clients or for guest access. As it's only a single-radio model, each AP has to use the same radio settings, however.
The DSR-1000N costs £329 (ex. VAT). A lower-specification version, the DSR-500N (£199 ex. VAT), is also available with a single-band Wi-Fi, no 3G capabilities and support for ten IPsec VPN tunnels and 35 SSL VPN tunnels, while the DSR-250N (due to launch later this year) will provide five IPsec VPN tunnels and 25 SSL VPN tunnels.
Given its WAN flexibility and solid VPN support, the DSR-1000N could be an attractive choice for branch offices. It's a fanless, rack-mountable unit and includes D-Link's power-saving Green Ethernet features, plus a WLAN scheduler to shut down the Wi-Fi network outside office hours.