The new range of 802.11n Wi-Fi improves speed over air and sold by many manufactures. DIR-632, an 8-port 802.11n Wi-Fi router launched by D-link along with ports and all the list of features which increase the price twice.
Features and Functions
There is large number of 100Mbps Ethernet ports which is considered as a key feature. It will be very helpful for SoHo or small internet café and little use for home users. It capability should give it an edge over other routers as well. All good and normal features are available – Qos website and access filtering. In the advanced menus, there is also some emphasis on IPv6.
The internet can be connected using a 3G modem by USB port function and data can be shared by this. It also supports WCN for configuring Wireless network easily and also need USB flash drive to function.
It is a complicated interface to use and it is a delight for more advanced user. There is not much change in UI than past. The internet connection can be set manually or automated wizard style system. Help provider is found across the interface. The thorough documentation is there in support page. The interface looks very messy in some places.
Design and Build Quality
There are 8 wired 100 Mbps ports at the rear which keeps DIR-632 a clear large than most other Wi-Fi routers. It is thin, light weight and little flimsy at bottom. The activity indicator is present at front face. And USB port indicator is also present. At the back provision for wall mounts is present and space for 2 antennas.
The performance of this router is better than 802.11g. The 2 data set of 2GB each is copied in tech labs. 2 test zones are used. The 1st test was done in same room as router. The 2nd test was done in the room adjacent to labs. In first zone peaking at 5.5MB/s, which is about the same theoretical speed of Wi-Fi 802.11g and assorted data set average speed of 4.64MB/s. In second zone, sequential data sets averaged 4.13MB/s and the assorted data folder 3.63MB/s.
In short term, the speeds are average but they are still very good and should be able to handle HD 1080 content. 0.5MB/s is required for browsing and streaming youtube Wavering is not there because of minimum heat. There were no disconnections all along.
Price in India:
D-Link Wireless Router DIR-632 is available at Rs 4,700 in India.
The price is approximately 3,300 Rs which is quite cheap. The presence of 8 ports is not useful for everyone. If you are not too particular about the size, this router has quite a bulky feature set. The 3G USB adapter feature is constructive if you’re using one of the 3G services being provided today. There is a good performance. In day to day circumstances, this D-link helps in to reach the speed anywhere. For browsing, downloading and streaming a few videos here and there, Dir -632 is more satisfactory.