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D-Link DIR-655 Wireless N Gigabit Firewall Router - IEEE 802.11n Compliant - 300Mbps - 10/100/1000Mbps - 4-port switch
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- Your Fastest Online Experience with 802.11n (Draft1.0) speeds of up to 300Mbps
- High speed processor, providing best throughput available - up to 650% faster than 802.11g
- Get Connected: Link the Internet to all your computers, your media player and gaming console
- No Data Delays: Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) StreamEngine allows quality streaming audio and video media
- Intelligent Wireless Prioritisation Technology
- Superior Coverage: 3x3 antenna from room to room, removing troublesome coverage blackspots
- Firewall Protection to keep you safe from harmful intrusions
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Antenna Qty:3, Directivity:Omni-directional, Gain Level:2 dBi, Aerial:External detachable, Width:19.3 cm, Weight:317 g, Depth:11.7 cm, Height:3 cm, Interfaces:LAN : 4 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 ¦ USB : 1 x 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ WAN : 1 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45, Works with Windows Vista:Software and devices that carry the Works with Windows Vista logo have been tested for baseline compatibility with PC's running., Cables Included:1 x network cable, Localisation:Germany, Power Device:External power adapter, Software Included:Drivers & Utilities
Wireless N Gigabit Router
The D-Link DIR-655 Wireless N Gigabit Router is an 802.11n (Draft) compliant device designed for use in bigger homes and for users that demand higher performance networking. Featuring a 3x3 antenna design, the DIR-655 router provides superior whole home coverage whilst eliminating dead spots. It is also faster than 100Mbps wired Ethernet1. By connecting the DIR-655 router to a cable or DSL modem, users will be able to share their high-speed Internet access with everyone on the network. By adding a Wireless N notebook or desktop adapter, they will also stay connected from virtually anywhere in their home.
The D-Link DIR-655 features the fastest processor in the D-Link Wireless N range, achieving ever higher throughput results between WAN and LAN networks. It includes four Gigabit Ethernet switch ports for highest transfer speeds to other Gigabit capable devices such as a network attached storage. For the first time, Gigabit connectivity is introduced on the WAN side as well, a unique feature ahead of its time in many countries.
Wireless LAN Intelligent Stream Handling (WISH) Technology
The D-Link DIR-655 router includes Quality of Service (QoS), wirelessly as well as to and from the Internet (StreamEngine). It features WISH, which enhances the consumer's experience for gaming, HDTV and other media applications over a wireless connection by minimising the disruptive effects of competing traffic on the wireless network. It automatically detects if audio, video or gaming content is being used on the wireless network and gives these applications priority over less time-sensitive traffic such as email or file transfers. It then adjusts priorities to ensure media content is transmitted without jitter or lag.
The router even enforces a "good neighbour" policy, ensuring that it will not create interference for neighbouring networks. This is achieved by reducing the amount of radio spectrum used when detecting legacy 802.11g/b networks in the vicinity.
Simplified Wireless Security
The router supports the Wi-Fi Alliance's standard for wireless security at the touch of a button. With Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), the wireless network name (SSID) and encryption keys are automatically generated and broadcast to the client devices. Users do not have to memorise complicated passwords and key them in several times. This considerably simplifies the process of setting up security on the wireless network.
Compatible with Windows Vista
The D-Link DIR-655 was one of the first routers to pass rigorous testing to achieve Microsoft Windows Vista approval. With this router, users will be able to take full advantage of the Network Explorer and Network Map features in Windows Vista. With Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) / Windows Connect Now (WCN) Configuration 2.0, they will be able to set up simple and secure-by-default Wi-Fi networks. The router also includes Xbox Live service compatibility.
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Ease of use: I've yet to explore the settings in full but suffice to say they are what you would expect from a £100 router. I was quite happy to find this is the first router ive ever used that didnt require some kind of tweaking to open any ports to use with bitorrent.
Performance: This is the DIR655's trump card. I bought it because CNET and Tom's Hardware reckoned it to be the fastest 802.11n router they'd ever tested and it supports more multiple connections than any other home router too [i.e it wont overheat/crash if you use torrents]. So far i have been seeing wireless download speeds between 5 and 10 times faster than my old Belkin 54g could muster. Coupled with a Netgear WN311T PCI adapter it sits happily connected at between 250mb and 300mb with about 20m and 2 walls to pass through, and will easily match wired transfer speeds on my 20mb cable connection.
Dont be alarmed by the reviewer's poor rating below me. This is a wireless router, NOT a wireless modem router and it says nowhere in its description that it is. So long as you understand what you are getting you wont be disappointed.
EDIT: i was browsing my profile and saw this review and thought id provide a small update. I bought it over 6 months ago now and to date it has never once needed a reset or done anything other than sit quietly in the corner purring away to itself. I wont be bothering with Netgear, Belkin, Linksys or any of the other brands ive had in the past again.
The average BT Broadband user might well disregard this router as it has no built-in ADSL modem, but don't let that deter you. If you're comfortable with a two-unit solution, then this is definitely for you. Simply configure the ADSL modem to perform RFC 1483 bridging and let the router do PPPoE to authenticate with the ISP. It took a few minutes to setup and performs outstandingly with no line drops.
A point worth mentioning is that the installation CD that comes with the router is fine for the novice user, but be aware that on autoplay it automatically changes the IP configuration of your Windows installation to use DHCP, removing any static IP configuration. If you want to configure the router and you are experienced, simply point your browser to the router IP address of 192.168.0.1 and ignore the setup utility.
Performance-wise, speed is significantly better than 802.11g standard and the connection is so far very stable with no intermittent drop outs, which was quite a problem on all wireless channels of the (admittedly much cheaper) Netgear. With all three antennas attached coverage throughout the house is excellent, and even outside 50ft from the house the signal is still strong though speed is reduced somewhat. To achieve the impressive maximum quoted range and speed for this model you will need a rangebooster adapter card for your laptop; however, even without this its performance is impressive.
All in all great performance and while it's not cheap you do certainly get what you pay for. The things to bear in mind are that you will need a separate modem, which to get the best out of the setup should be a recent one; and if your laptop/pcs are not 802.11n enabled you will obviously also need n-adapter cards or your equipement will connect to the router via the slower g-standard. Some home users therefore may prefer the simplicity or lower cost of a one-step, combined modem-router solution, but those not put off by the price or by having two boxes won't be disappointed on performance.
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