D-Link, an Award Winning Designer, Developer and Manufacturer of Networking, Data Communications and Digital Electronic Technologies for the Digital Home, Small to Medium Business (SMB) and Workgroup to Enterprise Environments, announced the addition of the DI-711 Wireless Home DSL/Cable Router & Access Point + 10/100 Ethernet Port to its Award Winning Line of D-Link Air Wireless Products. Targeted at the Home user or the Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), the D-Link DI-711 is the easiest, most affordable and most secure way to share a high-speed DSL/Cable Internet connection over a Wireless LAN.
The D-Link DI-711 provides the safety and security of a natural hardware firewall and the ability to share a single Internet connection-all with the ease of wireless networking. The D-Link DI-711’s port blocking, and packet filtering features as well as its ability to disguise local users Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, stop hackers and other intruders before they can get to the PC. The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) services allow multiple PCs access to the Internet by distributing a unique IP Address to each user. The IEEE 802.11b compliant wireless access point function builds infrastructure for the network, while at the same time extending the reach of the network communications capability.
“It is perfect for the home user because it provides shared Internet access while delivering excellent hardware firewall protection,” said Steven Joe President of D-Link. “This is a 1-port version of our award winning DI-713 made for users with only one or two PCs or for a multiple PC environment where a hub or switch is already in place.”
The D-Link DI-711 functions as an IEEE 802.11b compliant wireless residential gateway by providing two levels of firewall protection. First, it masks local users’ IP addresses from others on the Internet making it much more difficult for a hacker to target a machine on your network. Second, it can block and redirect certain ports to limit the services that outside users can access. Also, the user can open specific ports to ensure that games and other Internet applications will run properly.
In addition to the security provided by the D-Link DI-711’s firewall feature, it has a single 10Mb Ethernet port for connection to a DSL Modem, Cable Modem, or other Broadband access device, which then can be shared through either the 10/100 Dual Speed Ethernet port or via it’s integrated wireless access point. The built-in access point and integrated wireless router deliver important features of their own.
Network Address Translation (NAT): No local computers are directly externally visible when using the DI-711, because the DI-711 translates a single public IP address into private IP addresses for up to 252 users.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server: Simply set client machines to accept a dynamically assigned IP address and the DI-711’s integrated DHCP services assign these private IP address automatically to them on boot up, instantly connecting them to the LAN
Virtual Private Networking (VPN): The DI-711 provides special pass through support for common VPN implementations including PPTP (Point to Point Tunneling Protocol), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE), and IPSec (Secure Internet Protocol).
Routing Information Protocol (RIP 1 and RIP 2): The Routing Information Protocol identifies the shortest route for data to travel from the sender to the receiver while taking the current state of the network into consideration.
Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)/Expose Hosting: A DMZ setting can be applied to a single client behind the DI-711 to expose it to the Internet and ensure complete Internet application compatibility even if specific ports are not known.
Virtual Server (VS): The D-Link DI-711 also has an extensive Virtual Server (VS) function that enables users to input ports in a specific configuration for specific networks needs. Many standard VS settings are already included for handling Web, SNMP, FTP and more. Having automatic VS settings for the most popular services pre-configured makes the D-Link DI-711 easy to use and setup.
User-Definable Application Sensing Tunnel: The User-Definable Application Sensing Tunnel feature allows the user to define the attributes to support special applications requiring multiple connections, such as Internet gaming, video conferencing, and Internet telephony.
Wireless Access Point
The built-in access point is an IEEE 802.11b compliant 11 Megabits per second (Mbps) Ethernet Wireless access point. Once activated with the network, it provides Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) operation for wireless networks delivering transparent bridging and roaming capabilities. The access point function provides connections that build Infrastructure for the network or extends the reach of the network commutations capability. It enables full mobility and seamless roaming from cell to cell. The range of coverage per cell for indoor use is up to 300 feet and up to 900 feet per cell for outdoor use.
On a dynamic network connection, the D-Link access point will automatically obtain an IP address and forward additional IP’s to multiple clients on the network. The bandwidth data transmission rate can be set manually or it can be set on dynamic auto-sensing configuration. It is very compatible with multi-vendor environments that also meet the standards compliance for the IEEE 802.11b.
The D-Link DI-711 wireless router with built in access point features a setup wizard for easy installation as well as a feature rich, web based configuration utility to give the ISP the ability to remotely assist the user and troubleshoot the configuration.
For ISP, BSP, DLEC, and Cable Company distribution, the D-Link DI-711 can be configured with two levels of administrative control. Effectively it creates a separation between the provider’s and user’s networks to localize the effects of any local user’s network settings and give the added benefit of NAT support to simplify the assignment and number of IP addresses on the provider’s network. Remote configuration serves as a platform to increase the effectiveness of a provider’s customer support, enabling fast and powerful remote diagnosis. Through the use of a single IP address, the user will additionally benefit from a single subnet, ensuring that as additional computers are provided with Internet access, they will still be able to network via TCP/IP locally, without needing any additional local gateways or routers.