Summary: Pros: Reliable, photo frame/ framechannel feature, Shareport, network scheduling, guest zone, WPS setup functions. Attractive design. Compact and easy to keep in a living room Cons: Terrible touchscreen, Not a dual-channel radio router, not worth $300 MSRP. I was able to buy this from amazon new at half price, and I suggest you do the same. I bought this router to replace an old/loud/overheating wireless G netgear MR814, and I was not disappointed.
Summary: I will start by saying that if you have a setup hitch, D-link's tech support is about as bad as they come. The Level 1 techs do not know anything. They are completely useless and shouldn't be employed by anyone ever. To top it off, you have to fight with the Level 1 tech in order to speak directly to a Level 2 tech. To make matters even more annoying, the Level 2 techs are only available after 3pm EST and Dlink prefers it if they call you.
Summary: I see a lot of complaints here about crashing and not vending DHCP addresses. If it's crashed and not working consider yourself lucky. Problem #1 - With a 750GB HD installed it's painfully loud. It's the loudest computing device in my home and I have plenty. It uses a small laptop fan which runs at full RPM 24/7. I had to stick it upstairs in a hallway well away from the bedrooms to get any sleep when the thing is on. It's like a small jet airplane.
Summary: Brought home the DLINK DIR-685 last night. At first all seemed to go well. Initial configuration was a breeze. Was able to quickly connect several PCs, NAS & VOIP devices. Right away I noticed that two wireless PCs were dropping their connections intermittently. Speed goes up and down considerably without moving wireless devices and with little activity on the network. NAS performance is a disappointment.
One Thing to Ruin Them All: A D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N Storage Router Review
L. T. Beasimer "www.LBphoto.net", Amazon
10 September 2014
Summary: As a database administrator and programmer, I tend to enjoy tech toys. I have a D-Link DIR-825 Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router sitting on my desk, and was excited to be offered the D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N Storage Router as a more visually appealing and versatile router. The D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N Storage Router offers high speed wired and wireless n connections. Wireless connections can be managed by zones including guest connections.
Summary: This is a very innovative product that does a lot of things. But unfortunately it does many of those things badly. First of all, it is a horrible router. You might have read other reviews on other respected "cool gear" sites that would testify otherwise, but hear me out. If you are using a broadband internet connection that is slower than 8MBits probably you cannot figure out what's wrong with the router.
Summary: Where to begin? This product is just so many things at once, that it's hard to be sure what parts are most important in a review! Perhaps the best thing to do is to first consider the D-Link DIR685 as a wireless router? Or perhaps as a NAS? Maybe as a digital photo frame? Or should I discuss the FrameChannel features? OK, first, as a router this is top-notch once you get it going.
Summary: I have had this for 2 weeks and this was my 2nd router that does the same thing. The router will work great for about the first week then will stop assigning ip addresses. Even after I assign the ip for static router it will only stay up for day if I am lucky. I mostly use this with ethernet cables and 1wireless device. It fails as a router which why I bought it. I have now taken it back and ordered the asus Rt-56 from amazon.
Summary: router works great...I am basically just using this as a wired router, I don't use the screen or the network drive. The routers performance isn't bad...I'm getting 94 Mb/s out of the 100 Mb/s bandwidth that I've subscribed for. There are newer routers on the market now with much better performance ([...] But if you are getting under 100 Mb/s service...this one isn't bad !