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
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
Summary: All up, we didn't have to fiddle with this router's settings at all, apart from entering our Internet and wireless connectivity details. It distributed our Internet connection and streamed multimedia files to various wireless clients without any problems, and its speeds were admirable during our tests. For users who need a new wireless router for the home, or even for a small office, this one is worth considering.
Pros: Its 802.11 draft-n performance was fast, we didn't have to fiddle with the default settings in order to get smooth wireless networking performance, it performed well when 802.11g and 802.11 draft-n clients were connected simultaneously
Cons: It doesn't have print or file server functions built in, its Web interface could be a little better, it could use more comprehensive keyword filtering options