Conclusion: Its performance is solid rather than stellar, although the DIR-657 does have some useful advanced features for those with more complex networking needs. But in the end, the price is just a little too high for what’s on offer.
Conclusion: D-Link's DIR-657 HD Media Router 1000 is marketed as a router built for multimedia streaming, but lower-than-average throughput will disqualify it for high-definition streaming for many users.
Pros: Unique features such as IPV6 firewall and CAPTCHA login. USB printer and device sharing. Fairly easy setup.
Cons: Expensive. Mediocre throughput. Too few LEDs.
Summary: The aforementioned quality-of-service features come courtesy of Ubicom, which has long delivered the best automatic QoS tools in the industry. If you want to tweak these settings on your own, D-Link provides 10 sets of controls for doing so. Perhaps a firmware update will change our opinion of the DIR-657, but we can’t recommend this product in its current state.