Firmware and Web-Interface
This section won’t be long because there’s little that can be written about the DG834N firmware. There are no alternative firmware versions you can use while the native firmware offers a limited selection of settings. We’ll be talking about setup options you can find in the latest version of the router’s official firmware.
And this firmware has two serious defects. It does not allow to configure priorities for each type of network traffic. And it supports neither multiple PVCs nor VLANs. This is indeed the firmware’s fault because the router has all the hardware capabilities necessary to perform the mentioned functions. The lack of them limits the scope of possible applications of the DG834N.
Now we’ll describe what we’ve got. Version 1.0.1.06 was the latest one at the time of our writing this. It can be written into the router easily. After reboot, you can begin to configure your router using its web-interface.
The interface looks like a web-page with four frames.
The header above shows the model name of the router. Below are three setup-related frames. The left frame contains a list of pages with settings grouped into six sections. Four sections, marked out with separators, contain all the available setup options, and the other two are an integrated Setup Wizard and a Help System. By the way, you don’t have to open the Help section to find information about router settings. You can just take a look at the right frame that displays a section of the Help file that corresponds to the options presented in the central frame. The Help System offers detailed explanations with a lot of examples.
Similar pages are organized into groups and the settings of the current page are displayed in the central frame. There are a few logical slips in the page structure, but they don’t spoil the overall picture. The advantage of this data representation is that you can see all the page names in a single list for easier orientation. On each page each subgroup of settings is separated from the others with a blue line, which helps find the necessary menu item. To specify router’s rules, you have to press an appropriate button to open a hidden page. Other parameters are edited right on the spot. All changes are saved very quickly.
Before describing the particular pages, here is a full list of them:
Now we’ll describe each page one by one.