Summary: The D-Link DIR-645 wireless router we tested produced a mixed impression. On the one hand, it is a stylish and affordable SOHO-router with a wide range of features, among which good performance of regular routing for IPv4 and IPv6; on the other hand, low rates of data transmission speeds via PPTP are upsetting as well as unstable operation if the standard power adapter is used.
Pros: IPv6 support, The option of additional graphic user authentication, Rich functionality, Built-in help, Support of a guest wireless network, The ability of beamforming when wireless clients are connected, Stylish design
Cons: The web-interface is available only in English, Low transmission speeds via PPTP, Low-quality power adapter, The impossibility to give Cyrillic names to VPN servers
Excerpt: THE REMARK ABOVE is more than a left-handed compliment. D-Link’s DIR-645 isn’t nearly as feature-packed as our current favorite wireless router, Netgear’s WNDR-4500, but the DIR-645 is nearly as fast on the 2.4GHz frequency band, and it costs almost half as much as Netgear’s decidedly kick-ass router. If you’ve divided your router requirements into needs and wants, and you’ve determined that a single-band router is all you need, D-Link’s DIR-645 is a good choice.
Pros: Fast performance, especially at long distance; DLNA and iTunes servers.
Cons: Operates on only 2.4GHz frequency band; one underpowered USB port; unintuitive web-based UI.
Summary: The unique-looking and compact D-Link Amplifi Whole Home Router 1000 (DIR-645) makes a very good investment for homes that need a fast wired network and good Wi-Fi signal coverage.
Pros: The D-Link Amplifi Whole Home Router 1000 DIR-645 offers long range, built-in media streaming, and decent throughput performance. The router comes in a sleek, compact design and includes a nice set of features, such as Gigabit Ethernet, OpenDNS-based parental control, IPv6, guest networking, and USB SharePort Plus technology.
Cons: The DIR-645 doesn't support dual-band or the 450Mbps Wi-Fi standard. When set in N-only mode, the router's signal stabililty could use some improvement.
Excerpt: The D-Link DIR-645 (or the Whole Home Router 1000 as it's called in the US) is the latest D-Link push on injecting style into its home routers. Every networking company goes through this at some point, in an attempt to avoid yet-another-box syndrome. D-Link has done a good job of making this black totem of wireless technology look like it could have apes pawing at it seeking enlightenment.