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D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router review

£99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: D-Link

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The D-Link DIR-655 is a top-performing router with useful extras like drive and printer sharing and a Wi-Fi guest zone.

The D-Link DIR-655 is a top-performing router with useful extras like drive and printer sharing and a Wi-Fi guest zone.

D-Link's DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router was one of the first gigabit draft-2.0 routers, and it's still one of the best. D-Link has added a number of valuable features via firmware updates, such as USB drive and printer sharing, and a special Wi-Fi guest zone.

Factor in a low price tag plus comprehensive routing and firewall features, and it's no wonder the D-Link DIR-655 is one of our top picks.

The D-Link DIR-655's throughput was very good overall, although certainly better at short range. This 3×3 antenna router also performed well with both the 2×3 and the 3×3 Intel cards.

Housed in a drab matte-white box, the D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router won't win any design awards, but it can be mounted horizontally, vertically, or on a wall. You set up the DIR-655 through its web utility; thanks to the utility's straightforward wizards, we had no problem getting connected. The single USB port on the rear supports flash or hard drives and printers (including multifunction devices).

Drive sharing is easy, but limited by the fact that only one Windows computer (Macs aren't supported at all) can access the drive at a time through a special system tray application. If someone is using a drive and forgets to log out, other users on the network won't be able to access it at all.

The D-Link DIR-655 delivered somewhat faster drive-sharing throughput than the Belkin N+ Wireless Router F5D8235-4 when we paired each router with our Western Digital MyBook drive, but it was still much slower than with a typical gigabit NAS. Printer sharing works in much the same way, with each user claiming an available printer from the system tray utility, and essentially owning that printer.

The Wi-Fi guest zone has its own SSID and encryption password to keep your primary password private, and is completely locked out of your wired network by default.

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PCWorld.com

D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router Expert Verdict »
Wireless Router Gigabit Xtreme N Dir-655 802.11n Scores 8.3 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
D-Link 4 PORT 802.11N GIGABIT ROUTER WINDOWS VISTA APPROVED - DIR-655 (Networks Wireless Routers)
3 x external antennae
IEEE 802.11n (draft) IEEE 802.11g IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.3 IEEE 802.3u
LED Status Indicators: Power Status WAN WLAN (Wireless Connection) LAN (10/100/1000) USB
116x193x30mm
0.31kg
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

While its drive and printer sharing features have serious limitations, the D-Link DIR-655 would be one of our top picks even without them, thanks to its low price, great performance, easy setup, and handy guest access mode.

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