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Diamond Multimedia WR300NSI Wireless-N Repeater Review

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Diamond WR300NSI Setup Configuration

The Diamond WR300NSI is a very simple device that effortlessly completes many complex networking tasks while requiring only some very basic setup. The first step is to use the bundled CAT-5 Ethernet cable to connect the repeater to a computer, then plug the repeater into a nearby power socket. Once the Diamond WR300NSI has powered up, simply connect to 10.0.10.254 using that computer’s web browser.

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There are two ways to configure wireless networks on the Diamond WR300NSI: manual setup or WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). WPS is the easiest way to create and enable a secure wireless network, but some older devices may require manual configuration.

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The other alternatives are Quick Connect or manual Setup, both available from the main menu. Once you select Quick Connect, the Diamond WR300NSI immediately searches all nearby wireless networks and issues a resport of the results.

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Depending on where you position the range extender, there may be few or many wireless networks available. I discuss placement in the results section. For this article I created a wireless WEP network, which is much less secure but easy to configure.

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Alternatively, if you understand networking terms it may interest you to configure the device using custom manual settings. Shown below are the Wireless Basic Settings available on the Diamond WR300NSI:

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The repeater comes with a default IP address of 10.0.10.254, however the Diamond WR300NSI can be configured with any class a/b/c network and subnet mask desired. This makes it easy for system administrators to remotely manage multiple repeaters located on their network, which is very possible in large industrial installations.

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If additional information is required for connecting outside devices, the range extender offers everything from firware version and build date, physical serial number, Ethernet/Bridge/Wireless MAC addresses, and connection status.

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Simple system status updates are available through the Device Status option, which can be used to check repeater connection to host, network SSID, and list the clients connected through the repeater.

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Like most routers, the Diamond WR300NSI enables fireware updates through a browser interface. The model I received for testing came with a firmware version over one year old and there may be a newer revision, but there were no downloads available through the Diamond Multimedia website at the time of this writing.

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In the next section, I discuss my test procedure and findings for the Diamond WR300NSI wireless 802.11n Wi-Fi range extender…


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