Summary: For the majority of the testing of this router, I have it hooked up as a secondary access point in my network. That is why on the statistics screenshot below you don't see any real WAN traffic. I connected this router to my Wireless Internet Connection and it worked flawlessly, but it actually serves a better purpose in my house than in the shop where the internet connection is available.
Pros: Faster performance than Wireless G networks, Integrates seamlessly with mixed networks, Router has modern, sleek appearance, QoS, Port Forwarding, Virtual Server and Firewall settings in abundance
Cons: Performance nowhere close to rated speed, A bit pricey
Excerpt: D-Link’s DIR-655 was one of the fastest routers in our Draft-N roundup, and it proved best-in-breed in terms of range. But speed and range aren’t the only reasons to like this product. If you enjoy fine-tuning your network’s performance, the Xtreme N offers more control over more settings than anything else we tested.
Pros: Speedy; extremely high range; great QoS; superb attention to detail throughout.
Cons: Not the prettiest router we've ever seen. TCP output with WEP slower than expected.
Conclusion: Colorful, informative, and detailed product packaging will help clear the air of any potential confusion shoppers may have regarding D-Link DIR-655 when they pull it off of store shelves. The presentation is perfect for retail outlets, and gives everyone from home users to corporate buyers a positive feeling towards an informed purchase. If my Star Wars Storm Trooper analogy wasn't enough to win you over, perhaps the simple black and white design will.
Pros: Extremely fast throughput, Excellent wireless range, Gigabit LAN ports, Convenient mounting accessories, Windows Connect Now USB port, High-quality construction, Durable antennas, Attractive black & white finish
Cons: Price is above average, Poor cooling ventilation, Legacy 2.4GHz frequency range, Included patch cable is old CAT 5 standard
Excerpt: The network router has become as common as the microwave in most households. Especially with such affordable ethernet prices today. These magic boxes have all but become a commodity at our local computer stores, but the quest for more speed and more importantly, wireless connectivity, has led to more congestion on today’s networks.
Summary: Today we are going to check out the D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit router (DIR-655) - a draft 802.11n compliant device that delivers up to 14x faster speeds and 6x farther range than 802.11g. A great choice for a small office due to its network security options, QoS, and remote administration tools. Read more in our review!
Pros: Good speed, Stylish exterior design, Excellent help system, Good implementation of VPN connections, Good support for QoS, Wi-Fi Alliance certification, Wide administration opportunities
Cons: Low functionality of the USB port, Impractical surface material, Poor thermal contact of the heatsinks with the components they cool, Gets very hot at work, Imperfect web-interface structure, Too bright indicators