always been there for our networking needs. Weve come to expect that
networking equipment from D-Link should be easy to install, very
customizable, and reasonably priced. Of course, that was in the wired
world of the 1990s. Now weve entered a world of WiFi wireless
networking is the buzzword of the 21st Century, and we want
to be a part of it. So where do we look to get involved? D-Link. And who
comes through for us, even in this brave new realm? Yep, D-Link. All
hail the big D.
Continuing a string of hits, the D-Link DWL 900AP+
wireless access point has brought our earthbound ethernet into thin air.
This wireless access point is ideal for anyone who already has a
broadband router to connect several devices to the Internet or an
internal network at the same time. Sporting 2.4GHz wireless muscle, 128
bit WEP encryption, and a reasonable (if still illustrative of new
technology) price tag of $99.99, the DWL 900AP+ is an ideal solution to
add wireless capabilities to your existing network.
How does it work? Smoothly. Simply plug the DWL 900AP+ into your
router and youre off. You can use a standard D-Link web-based interface
to configure, customize and tweak the access point, but odds are you
wont have to do much to get it up and running. Its amazing how
smoothly these devices work together, especially when used in a
homogenous environment of D-Link products. In fact, the DWL 900AP+ can
be used as a repeater to extend your D-Link wireless network, and when
used in conjunction with other D-Link products it can push speeds of
22Mbps, twice the industry standard. (NOTE: If you plan on using the DWL
900AP+ as a repeater, youll want to download the latest firmware
Weve mostly been using our DWL 900AP+ to connect to our
DWL 810, which is plugged into our
console gaming systems. This configuration works perfectly for online
console gaming, and weve been very happy with the performance weve
seen. If youre looking for a solution to connecting your Xbox or PS2 to
a broadband mode, check out the possibility of going wireless. You wont
Shawn Rider (12/16/2002)
Easy installation; nice customization;
downloadable upgrades; super fast.
A bit pricey.