D-Link DWL-1000AP

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  • Editors' rating
    6.7 Good
  • $299.99

Pros

  • Very compact.

Cons

  • Access point only.

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.

Specifications

General
Height 1.4 in
Depth 9.2 in
Modem
Type none
Antenna Qty 2
Power Device
Type external power adapter
Networking
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
Antenna integrated
Type Wireless access point
Connectivity Technology wireless
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b
Features load balancing
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Wireless Protocol 802.11b
Data Transfer Rate 22 Mbps
Wi-Fi Bands 2.4 GHz
Max Range Indoors 328 ft
Encryption Algorithm 128-bit WEP, 256-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP
Max Range Open Space 1310 ft
Status Indicators Port status, power
Antenna
Antenna Qty 2
Miscellaneous
Compliant Standards UL
Encryption Algorithm 128-bit WEP, 256-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP
Interface Provided
Qty 2
Processor
Manufacturer Texas Instruments
Processor / Memory / Storage
Type none
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
Max Operating Temperature 131 °F
Humidity Range Operating 0 - 95%
Header
Brand D-Link
Product Line D-Link AirPremier
Model DWL-1000AP+
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Dimensions & Weight
Width 6.5 in
Depth 9.2 in
Height 1.4 in
Weight 1.98 lbs
Expansion Bays
Type none
Expansion Slots
Type none
Slot Required
Type none
Service & Support
Type 3 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 3 years

Where To Buy

Price
$299.99

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D-Link DWL-1000AP

Part Number: DWL1000AP
Price
$299.99

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