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I have mentioned in a previous review the extensive trouble I had at work with the first router I installed and due to constant failures it was not long before I was required to buy another one. I decided to up the budget a little bit and splashed out £120 on this D Link model. I bought this solely based on the fact that the company next door said it was what they used and I thought if it works for them it will work for us and it has!
This model has been a breath of fresh air to me in the workplace providing consistency, reliability and high performance made all the more satisfying given the incapability of the previous model to work in this building. Sitting in a downstairs location this has serviced the entire building thoroughly, all three floors and is one of the finest business routers I have used.
First thing you will probably notice when taking this out of the box is how stylish it looks. Very modern, very classy and very good! It looks more like kitchen utensil than anything else. A nice jet black design means it fits very well into the office décor and being small and compact its easy to play anyway. Its made of a tough durable plastic and has strong connection ports. Its all very easy to set up with a straightforward manual and even novices will have an easy time getting up and running.
When using this the connection was strong straight away and the improvement on previous models used in the office was notice. The internet was faster, more consistent and reliable. As mentioned even on the top floor the strength was solid and only once in first three weeks did we have to reset the router. It has made life a hell of a lot more easier and due to having a quality router we are actually getting the internet we pay for!
Speed rarely drops, the connection stays solid and this little device does a stellar job and the days of cursing the router in the office are long over. Great value and solves all your needs. Expensive but worth every penny!
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I have now had the d-link 2740r for roughly 3 months now, since I joined talk talk for my broadband. So now I will tell you about the router in as much detail as possible.
The box is pure black. On the front is a sticker, which I assume is put on by your broadband supplier as it has your network name and your wireless password typed onto it. You need this password to set up any other wireless network, for example a laptop, or on your mobile phone, I have done this on my mobile phone and it does work perfectly with it.
On the back of the box it shows you how to set the box up and what each light on the front means. On the front you have your power button, 4 LAN lights, WLAN light, a DSL light and your Internet light. All of these lights that are on, if all in working order should be solid green, if you have one that is red then you have a problem.
Towards the rear of the box, you have 3 aerials, which should all be kept upright for a better signal. Then you have your reset button, I have never had to use this as I haven't had any problems with it, but if by chance you do ever need to reset it, you will need to use a pin, or the end of a ball point pen as you cant reset it otherwise, I find this good as it means you cant reset it by accident just by touching the box. Then you have where your power leas goes, this needs to be plugged into the back of your modem, then into a plug socket to get power to the box. Then you have 4 LAN sockets you can plug your Ethernet cable into anyone of these sockets or can use up to all 4 if you have multiple computers and the other end needs to be plugged into the back of your computer. Then you have where your phone cable is plugged into also, that needs to be also plugged into your phone box to give you your Internet. There is a power button too, to switch the power off your modem, which I have had to do occasionally if my Internet went funny.
Well so far the box has never had any problems with it, if I have ever had problems it has been with my Internet supplier and not the router. I didn't have to buy this box as it came free with my Internet, but if I did have to buy a replacement box I would purchase one of these. It seems quite durable as at one time it was on the floor at the side of my computer and it did get stood on quite a few times, and there is no damage to it at all, not even a scratch. It's even had coffee spilt on it and still no problems. I would definitely recommend getting one of these boxes as in 3 months and a lot of possible damage it still works perfectly.
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This is an all round good router especially at Under £70, i decided to purchase this after my Netgear decided to stop working, i was very suprised at how easy it was to set up and use as friends and family had warned me against buying a Dlink as they had faced big difficulties in getting thiers to function properly.
It took under 10 mins to fully set up and get online mainly thanks to easily navigatable design and well written manual. As we all know safety can be a big worry when being online however the D-Links' security features seem to be very effective and easy to set up.
As you can see this router is not the best looking, in fact it is far from it compared to the slick and stylish BT HomeHub and Netgear routers although this is no problem as the looks are made up for with a consistant and high quality service that it delivers to my Laptop, PC and Xbox360. even if all three are running at the same time the router is always able to deliver a good/excellant signal.