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Wi-Fi Router Charts

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Mesh System Charts

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Clicking on a Device icon on the Router Status tab brings up a Visited history button that, when clicked, displays the view shown below. You get only the 20 latest entries with no way to request more. I've asked D-Link where this information comes from and will update this when I get the answer. I suspect it's from the device's browser history, since the DIR-605L doesn't log web traffic, at least not that's visible in the saved logs or web log page.

DIR-605L mydlink Device Visited History

DIR-605L mydlink Device Visited History

It's interesting that the Visited history view in the iOS app provides a much longer list of visited sites.

The little switches on the right side of each device's line are used to block and unblock device access. The screenshot below shows that when you block a device, its name disappears! So you better write down the MAC address to figure out which switch to flip if you want to unblock a device!

DIR-605L mydlink blocked device

DIR-605L mydlink blocked device

Note that a blocked device doesn't get redirected to a screen saying it's blocked. In fact, blocking a device puts its MAC address in both the 605L's MAC address and ACL filter deny lists. So the device is completely disconnected from the router, even losing its IP address!

I asked D-Link what a device has to do to get put into the Suspect List, and I'll update when I find out. I tried running a few failed wireless authentications, but that didn't seem to do it.

The Settings tab shows the very limited administration features available via mydlink. Pretty much all you can do is change a few wireless settings, select a few email notifications and enable remote access for the DIR-605L. You can also force a router reboot from the Router Status screen. Note that the Graphical Authentication and IP Allowed to Access options available in the router's admin interface are not exposed here.

DIR-605L mydlink settings

DIR-605L mydlink settings

The Event Notification Settings is kind of squirrely. Given that you are logged into a hosted portal, I assumed that D-Link would take care of delivering notifications via its own SMTP server. Apparently not. You have to use your own SMTP server, selecting from a strange mix of options shown below. The Others option shown lets you select SSL-TLS, but doesn't let you specify a No Authentication option and forces you to enter a username and password. At any rate, I couldn't get it to work with my SMTP server, so could not test alerts.

DIR-605L mydlink Event Notification SMTP selection

DIR-605L mydlink Event Notification SMTP selection

There are other slight differences in the web and app information and controls. Click through the Gallery below for some shots of the ioS app and a few of the Android. There are also a few more screens showing the DCS-942L IP camera live feed and Settings pages. Again, we'll get into the 942L in a separate review.

Image Gallery

I didn't play much with the Android version, which I loaded on an ASUS Transformer tablet running the ICS update. The app is obviously designed for a smaller screen and demands a portrait orientation of the tablet. The iOS version was tested on a 4th generation iPod Touch running iOS 5.0.1. It ran ok for the most part, but crashed to the Home screen a few times during the short time I used it.

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