With a few modifications, it can be an amazing router for the price.
30 March 2014
Summary: I got this router for a steal at $20.00 but, it does have it share of issues. The WiFi would be visible, but wireless devices were unable to connect until the router was restarted. This happened about 4 times a day. I was able to fix this by installing firmware 1.2 beta form D-Link's website. This router doesn't support DD-WRT. Another issue was that the router had a pretty short range. My garage was a dead zone.
Spend the extra money and get quality equipment. Stay away from this.
18 April 2013
Summary: When it works as claimed it is great but it can lose wi-fi for no reason. I reset it and it does fine for a while then it loses it again. Could be a Q/C issue. But for 20 bucks it was worth a shot. You get what you pay for. For my money go get a Cisco system or something other than D-Link. It works great hard wired but I don't need hard wired. I bought it for wi-fi and there it falls short...
Inexpensive, Many Features, but Media Streaming Problems
Michael T., Newegg
17 March 2013
Summary: The router has a great case design. It is nice looking, easy to install, and unobtrusive. The price is amazingly low for the speed, capabilities. If it works for you, no doubt you will love it. However, we disliked the lack of LAN indicator lights and lack of LAN port checks in the web interface.
Pros: Installs simply with software disk, experts can log in and use wizards. Our install detected a bad network cable, very cool. The DIR-657 has 4x LAN and 1x WAN 1Gbps ports, and wireless rated for 300Mbps IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab, IEEE 802.11n/g. We measured a WAN Uplink Speed of 1042Kbps (1MB/sec) on the WAN connected to Cable and Broadband network. Our first speedtest.net on wired LAN client was 113ms ping, 5.05 Mbps down, 0.93 Mbps upload (good for our area). At first the r...
Cons: Basically two (2) major flaws. **First, there are no indicator lights for the 4 LAN ports, and no method in the web interface to check nor test LAN ports. **Second, Media Streaming over Wi-Fi continued to lock up our router requiring a complete power down reset. Also, the router locked up completely while copying large files over Wi-Fi.
Summary: If this router was without issues it probably would not have been on sale (88% off). So with that in mind - I got the latest firmware and was prepared to use a limited feature set. I was happy that the USB sharedport worked for my external drive, because that was the main reason I bought it. After the initial configuration fight that you always have I am happy with the performance. It seems faster that my last router.
Pros: Feature set is nice, USB shareport, Gigabit network ports...
Summary: I i would have known that the SD-Card slot was read-only, i would probably not be influence and i would have bought the dir-655 instead at 79.99$ instead of this one at 115$. Similar features and similar performance and a read-only card does not justify the difference in price. Be aware !!!
Pros: Good router. A lot of firewalls rules to configure for parental access