D-Link Australia DSL-2740B
- Connection speeds, Wireless range
- Optus doesn't yet support the chipset, Quick setup disc doesn't work
A fast wireless router and ADSL2+ modem, The D-Link DSL-2740B brought a smile to our faces in regard to its broadband speeds and wireless range
Price$ 379.95 (AUD)
If it's speed you're after -- be it wireless networking or ADSL2+ -- you'll want to take a look at this router/modem from D-Link. Outperforming all the other ADSL2+ modems tested by at least 6Mbps, and with blistering wireless speeds, it's safe to say that this is the fastest router/modem we've tested in quite some time.
We did have initial problems connecting our modem to the Internet -- the supplied setup disc wouldn't even recognise that the router was plugged in -- but once we manually set up the connection through the Web interface, we were amazed at the difference in download speeds between this and other ADSL2+ modems recently tested.
Average Internet download speeds of 18Mbps were gained whilst having our test notebook and the DSL-2740B located within three metres of each other, while dropping to around 5.4Mbps when located 15 metres away (with two walls separating the hardware). When wirelessly browsing the Internet, we had to literally walk outside the PC World office and across the road before losing our connection -- a distance of at least 30 metres!
Setting up a secure wireless connection (using AES) took about a minute, and most of that time was spent rebooting the router. Copying a 100MB file from one notebook to another gave us transfer speeds of 21Mbps when placed within three metres of the DSL-2740B. When we moved to another room, we were getting average transfer speeds of 18Mbps at a distance of around 10 metres, with two walls between the notebook and router.
Loading up our trusty streaming DivX video file, we were able to move 15 metres away from the router before the video began to stutter and freeze (again, with two walls separating the hardware). Audio files also played from this distance without problem. We could easily foresee this router being located anywhere in an average sized three bedroom house and still being able to stream multimedia or serve files at decent speeds to any other area of the place.
A built-in SPI firewall comes as standard (although not on by default), along with IP and URL filtering. Basic parental controls are also included, allowing time and day restrictions to Internet access. Creating a virtual server is easy to set up -- good for gamers or users wanting to set-up a Web server.
The Web interface is well laid out, and compared to some other router/modem interfaces we've seen, is relatively easy to navigate. There are no hidden dropdown menus, and all options are clearly displayed down the left-hand side of the Web page.
Now for the bad news, particularly if you're an Optus customer. The DSL-2740B uses a Broadcom chipset that is currently incompatible with Optus DSLAMs. Trying to connect will result in the D-Link locking up your Optus DSLAM port, requiring a phone call to Optus tech support to rectify. This can be temporarily fixed by going into the DSL-2740B Web interface and disabling ADSL2+ from the connection options, allowing you to connect via ADSL only.
Join the newsletter!
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
cloudandco Smart Cane
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Toys for Boys
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Lego Mindstorms EV3
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Xbox One X
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Netgear target small businesses with Orbi Pro
- D-Link Launches Their Fastest-Ever NBN AC5300 MU-MIMO Modem Router
- Netgear delivers industry first networking devices with remote management from anywhere in the world
- Synology announces slew of new hardware + software at Sydney event
- Linksys signs on as PAX AUS partner
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCRPA DeveloperVIC
- CCProject Manager - IVRVIC
- CCAnalyst/Programmer- AutomationNSW
- CCTechnical Lead - BrisbaneNSW
- FTGraduate Application Support OfficerOther
- CCInfrastructure Solution Designer - Financial Services - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- FTService Desk Analyst/Telecommunications Service AnalystOther
- CCSenior/Junior Oracle DeveloperVIC
- FTSystem TesterOther
- CCSenior Analyst ProgrammerVIC
- FTBroker Support/ Applications SupportOther
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTLevel 2/Level 3 Application Support AnalystVIC
- FT.Net DeveloperACT
- FTForm Analyst/DeveloperOther
- TPProject Officer. Website optimisation enablementNSW
- FTGraduate C# DeveloperNSW
- FTIntegeration ArchitectOther
- FTSolution Manager - SAPOther
- CCRelease Management LeadNSW
- FTScrum MasterOther
- CCAutomation Test AnalystNSW
- TPProject Manager - IaaSQLD
- CCSenior AngularJS DeveloperNSW
- FTOracle Financial Functional Oracle FinancialNSW