The DIR-505's feature set is surprisingly complete, supporting almost all of the features found in D-Link’s top-of-line routers. Here’s a summary:
- Static and Dynamic IP, PPPoE, PPTP and L2TP WAN connections
- Enable/disable DNS relay
- DHCP Server, range setting, lease time setting and local domain; Primary/Secondary DNS server settings
- Mac address clone
- Set MTU
- DHCP Client list
- DHCP reservation
- Virtual Server entry for single ports with TCP, UDP or all protocols forwarded. Enable/disable for each entry. Some common applications provided.
- Port triggering – can set individual or range of incoming ports. Allows you to enable or disable TCP and UDP ports on network devices.
- DMZ Host
- UPnP enable/disable
- DDNS support for Dyndns (www.dyndns.org – free or custom),dlinkddns (free)
- Enable/disable SPI
- Enable/disable anti-spoof checking
- MAC address filtering
- Enable/disable Remote Management on WAN (user defined port)
- Enable/disable HTTPS server
- Enable/disable graphical authentication
- Website/domain filter
- Change admin password
- Auto timeout for admin login
- WEP, WPA / WPA2 (PSK / RADIUS) support
- AP, Router, Repeater and Wi-FI hotspot modes
- Auto and manual channel set
- SSID broadcast enable/disable
- Enable/disable wireless
- Schedule wireless access
- Guest network with separate security credentials/modes
- Wireless MAC address filtering (allow or deny based on MAC address)
- Enable/disable Short GI
- Enable/disable IGMP Snooping
- Enable/disable WLAN partition
- Wireless modes: mixed b/g/n (default), n-only; mixed n/g
- Channel width 20MHz/40MHz
- Transmit power adjust: 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%
- Wireless network statistics, packets sent/received, TX/RX packets dropped, collisions, errors, active associated clients (showing rate/signal %)
I used the DIR-505 over the course of three days while working on this review. I tested it in router mode, AP mode as well as in the Wi-Fi HotSpot mode. Since the router and AP modes are most familiar, I’ll comment briefly on the Wi-Fi HotSpot mode.
Normally, in either the router or AP mode, you would have a wired connection to either a modem, or to your local network. If the only internet connection available is Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi HotSpot is the mode to select.
To test this mode, I unplugged the device from my network and moved it into another room without a wired Ethernet connection. I moved the hardware switch on the top of the unit to select Wi-Fi HotSpot. When the DIR-505 rebooted, I reconnected to it, and ran the wireless setup wizard. (Figure 5) Note that the landing page changed to reflect change of mode switch.
Figure 5: Wireless Connection Setup Wizard for Wi-Fi HotSpot mode
The wizard performs a site survey and presents you with a list of Wi-Fi networks in range. (Figure 6) I selected my home network (Penguin), and when prompted, entered the WPA password.
Figure 6: Select Wi-Fi HotSpot site survey screen
Completing the wizard, I assigned a new name to the DIR-505, and configured a different WPA security key. Figure 7 shows a summary of the Wi-Fi HotSpot configuration.
Figure 7: Wi-Fi HotSpot configuration summary
When the device rebooted, I connected to the newly named wireless network (DlinkHotSpot), walked over to the device and pressed the WPS button. In about 30 seconds, my Windows 7 wireless client found the network and connected to it. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of WPS!