- Ports: 1x WAN, 4x LAN
- Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n
- Encryption: WDS, WPS
- Dimensions: 198 x 134 x 29mm
- Weight: 840g
Easy Home Networking
Home networking has never been as easy as it is now, but at the same time it might be one of the most frustrating things. A large majority of users still believe that a single router is enough to cover your entire home, that might be the case for some, but there’s a lot of factors that come into play. Every home might not have the coverage of other homes even with the same hardware, as signal can be affected by walls, or objects placed between the receiver and the router.
There’s always a way around that, but you’ll probably have to fork out a bit more money to get better network strength around your home. The D-Link DIR-629 is a router that also works as a wireless range extender when switched modes. It can work as a regular router like the ones provided by UNIFI and through simple actions can be switched to extend your current wireless signal.
The router is packed in a simple box, with the three 5dBi high gain antennas already connected. The packaging also includes instructions, warranty card and a power adapter. Like all D-Link routers, the setup is fairly easy, all you have to do is connect the corresponding cables to the right ports (modem to WAN port, computer to LAN port) and voila first step is already done. Next go to the D-Link web interface on your computer and run the Setup Wizard and you’re basically done.
The router also sports WPS security so you can enable it for quick connecting with WPS supported devices. It’s also a single band router that runs on 2.4GHz so if you’re in an area with multiple devices transmitting 2.4GHz you’ll probably have a slightly weaker signal. The DIR-629 also support D-Links proprietary Wireless Turbo Mode which allows transmission on 2 channels improving data rate.
Other than that, the DIR-629 is quite a simple router that carries everything you would need for home networking. Another thing to note is that the DIR-629 does not have AC, so you will be limited to only B/G/N devices. Also if you’re a user that controls the bandwidth of your home, the router sports an easy-to-use traffic control as well as a parental control to give you the power to lord over your family and siblings if needed.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A simple router cum wireless range extender that performs well. It’s easy to setup which should appeal to those who are not tech savvy.
(previously published in issue January 2016)