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D-Link DWL-1000AP

D-Link's product is an access point only, and not an Internet gateway. D-Link has a separate gateway product that can be used in conjunction with other networking products, including the DWL-1000AP to connect to the Internet. If you already have a broadband gateway, or some other method of sharing your Internet connection, buying a separate access point such as this one could save you money.
Written by Jonathan Bennett, Contributor on
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6.7/10

D-Link DWL-1000AP

Good
Pros
  • Very compact.
Cons
  • Access point only.
  • Editors' Review
  • Specs

D-Link's product is an access point only, and not an Internet gateway. D-Link has a separate gateway product that can be used in conjunction with other networking products, including the DWL-1000AP to connect to the Internet. If you already have a broadband gateway, or some other method of sharing your Internet connection, buying a separate access point such as this one could save you money.

The DWL-1000AP is very compact at 12.4 x 4.2 x 13.7cm, not needing space for the extra connectors associated with a gateway. You're supplied with a wall-mounting bracket that can be bolted to the access point. The single antenna normally fits flush with the casing, protecting it from damage, but it does fold outward if you have the access point on a desk and you're having reception problems.

Since this is an access point only, there's little configuration to do. An access point management application is supplied, which can manage many units at the same time -- not something of great use in a home environment. You'll need to assign an IP address to the access point when you first install it -- this just needs you to read the MAC address off the label on the back and enter it into a dialogue box. Once you've done this you can administer the access point. For most people, this will just mean giving the wireless LAN a name.

The DWL-1000AP allows access control based on MAC address, so you can prevent unauthorised users from connecting to the access point. It also supports 64-bit WEP encryption which, although no defence against a determined and skilled attacker, prevents casual snooping or unauthorised access.

D-Link's products failed to distinguish themselves in our performance tests. In conjunction with the USB adapter, the throughput of 4.55Mbit/s was respectable, but still lagged slightly behind other products. With a PC Card client, this figure fell to an unimpressive 3.99Mbit/s.

The DWL-1000AP is available as a standalone product, or as part of two starter kits. These kits contain an access point and two adapters, either USB or PC Card.

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