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
Hardware IT Pro, Newegg
17 March 2013
Summary: I recognize everyone has a different situation and your mileage may vary - this may be a great router for you. But, none of the other routers we tested had these problems. I tried many advanced configuration options to improve the streaming and large file transfer.
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: 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