Friday, August 15, 2008

Bitten by D-Link....AGAIN

Ten years ago at Georgia Tech, my friend Chris was having trouble configuring his LAN. He had just a handful of computers and others shared by the people in his dorm room. Everyone checked their TCP/IP configurations again and again, they remade cables again, checked drivers on the cards, and even connected systems directly to each other just to see if they could ping. Everything looked fine, they systems even worked with crossover cables. But why wasn't there a consistent connection using the hub? Some systems could see others. Sometimes they would disappear. Eventually another hub showed up and the D-Link one was replaced. Suddenly everything started working perfectly. What the hell was the deal with the D-Link hub?

I think Chris swore off D-Link equipment at that point.

Nine and a half years ago, the same D-Link problem affected my father's business. They couldn't understand why some computers were only visible to certain computers on the network. I went to investigate and found a D-Link hub in service. Basing my decision on the experience Chris had, I decided we should hit the nearest electronics store and get another hub that wasn't from D-Link. Guess what? That solved the problem. Never buy D-Link again, I told myself.

At the end of last year I was stocking my two development systems before shipping them to Hawai'i. I wanted to add at least another NIC to each system (I prefer two NICs in each system because I do network development). Searching online, I decided to order parts and ended up with D-Link gigabit PCI Express or PCI whatever adapters. Sure, fine, drop them in the system and go.

I recently upgraded the processors in the development boxes and also upgraded the BIOS. After the upgrade, the BIOS would not respond to the Del key to let me in to the setup program. What? Very frustrating.

Last night it dawned on me that it might be conflicting hardware, so I started removing things. When I removed the D-Link card, everything started working. WTF?

So yeah, bitten by D-Link again. How are these people in business? Why does their hardware suck so much?

1 comment:

Ed said...

When Packard Bell folded, D-Link was happy to see a surplus of engineers on the market...