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D-Link DIR-825 Extreme-N Dual-Band Gigabit Router

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  • Intelligent QoS technology prioritizes Internet traffic as well as wired and wireless network traffic
  • Xtreme N technology allows for farther home coverage
  • Secure your wireless network using advanced WPA or WPA2 encryption
  • Supports Good Neighbor Policy--will not interfere with other wireless networks
  • Backward compatible with 802.11g and 802.11a devices including game consoles and digital media players
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Technical Details

  • Mac Compatible

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.6 x 1.2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001F7HLRC
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: DIR-825
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at September 3, 2008

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router is one of D-Link's most powerful routers and is designed specifically for high quality home entertainment. It uses Wireless N technology, which is much faster and farther reaching than Wireless G, so you can enjoy a strong and reliable Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout your home. Plus, this router is a dual band router, which means it operates on two Wi-Fi frequencies instead of just one, so you can watch all the HD content you want interference-free.

D-Link DIR-825

Internet, Unleashed
Enjoy a blazing fast Wi-Fi network with superior home coverage

Entertainment Machine
Stream videos throughout your house in crystal-clear HD

Sharing is Caring
Share a USB printer or storage device with everyone on your home network

The Power of Gigabit
Connect to a Gigabit wired network for transferring files at lightning speeds


D-Link DIR-825 dual band

The Dual Band Advantage

Most routers operate on one band only, the 2.4GHz band. This is the same wireless band that devices like cordless phones and other household appliances use. While it works well for surfing the Internet and checking email, it can get overly congested, making it unsuitable for high-bandwidth applications like streaming video. The Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router operates on both the commonly-used 2.4GHz band and the clearer 5GHz band, which is less-prone to interference from other devices. That means that you can check email and surf the Internet on one while streaming HD movies on the other so neither band gets overloaded!

Key Features

  • Wireless N connectivity for superior wireless performance, clarity, and coverage

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  • Dual-band Wireless N connectivity for enhanced throughput

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  • Intelligent QoS technology prioritizes both wired and wireless Internet traffic to enable enhanced gaming and phone calling (VoIP) experience

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  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for secure, simple 1-button setup

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  • Capable of streaming audio and video to compatible UPnP-enabled devices

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  • Active Firewall protection

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  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for ultra-fast wired connectivity

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D-Link DIR-825


D-Link DIR-825 ports
Internet Unleashed

Connect this router to a cable or DSL modem and give high-speed Internet access to multiple computers, game consoles, and media players … without the mess of wires.

Sharing is Caring

So your brother has all the family photos on his computer and you're dying to edit the bad ones before he posts them on Facebook? No problem. This router creates a secure Wi-Fi network so your computers can share stuff like photos, music, videos, printers, and more.

Xtreme N: Lightning Fast

The Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router is what is known as an 802.11n (Wireless N) device, which is a fancy way to say it's fast. Really fast. In fact, thanks to Xtreme N Technology, it delivers up to 14x faster speeds and 6x farther range* than 802.11g (Wireless G). Plus, it will still get along just fine with any Wireless G devices you may already have. Ah, convenience.

Multitasking Machine

This router is equipped with Dual Band Technology that supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless signals at the same time. In English? You get to check e-mail and browse the Internet using the 2.4GHz band while streaming HD movies and other media on the 5GHz band. Neither band gets overloaded. This helps to avoid interference and lag, making it perfect for HD video streaming, file sharing, enhanced Internet phone calling (VoIP), and Web surfing.

D-Link Green

While this may look like your average router, it's not. This is a D-Link Green router, which is as good for your wallet as it is for the environment. This router …

  • Automatically powers down ports that have no link
  • Budgets power output for different Ethernet cable lengths
  • Includes wireless LAN scheduling, which can shut down your wireless network when not in use for further power savings
  • Reduces energy consumption by using an Energy Star qualified power adapter
  • Complies with the European Union's RoHS directive that restricts the use of certain hazardous materials
  • Uses recyclable packaging to help reduce waste that goes into the environment
The Power of Gigabit

In addition to offering you blazing fast Wi-Fi speeds, the Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router also includes four 10/100/1000 Gigabit ports so you can connect wired devices to your network. That's right, you can enjoy fast and reliable Wi-Fi and still use wired connections for lag-free network gaming and faster file transfers.

Priorities, Please

With D-Link's award-winning Intelligent QoS Technology, wired and wireless traffic is analyzed and separated so priority can be given to applications with sensitivity to delay. That means your VoIP, HD video, and online gaming can stream smoothly to your TV or PC. Goodbye, lag.

No Viruses Allowed

Worried about the security of your wireless network? Don't be. This router supports the latest security features (WPA, WPA2, SPI, and NAT) to help prevent unauthorized access from over your wireless network or from the Internet.

Easy Does It

Thanks to D-Link's Quick Router Setup wizard, getting your router up and running couldn't be easier. It walks you though every step of the installation process so you can get networking in no time.

IPV6 Equipped
Get Ready for the Future: IPV6 Equipped

With the growing number of Internet-enabled applications requiring IP addresses, the supply of IP addresses under the current Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) system has already been exhausted. The IPv6 protocol solves this network addressing exhaustion by creating more IP addresses, but migration from IPv4 to IPv6 is not necessarily automatic. No worries--this D-Link product is IPv6 Certified and ready for the future.

Get the Most out of Your Router

Use the Xtreme N Dual Band USB Adapter (DWA-160) to add powerful dual band 11n Wi-Fi technology to your desktop or notebook computer. Simply plug the DWA-160 into an available USB port and connect to a wireless network to access a high-speed Internet connection. Enjoy greater wireless reception for transferring files, online gaming, and streaming media from greater distances around your home.

Speed and range
N 150
N 300
N 300+
N 300+ Dual
Share the Internet throughout your home network
Easy file sharing within your home network
Better range and speed over Wireless G
Backwards Compatible with Wireless G
Network connection safe with wireless encryption and Dual Active firewall
Push button Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS)
Intelligent antenna technology for better Wi-Fi coverage
Enhanced router performance for a more reliable network
QoS engine prioritizes video and gaming traffic
Designed for more coverage and performance throughout your home
Use 5 GHz band for streaming HD content with less interference
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Product Specs

  • Standards: IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
  • Interface Type: 4 Gigabit LAN Ports, 1 Gigabit WAN Port, 1 USB Port (for SharePort & Windows Connect Now)
  • Antenna Type: 2 External Reverse SMA Dualband Antennas
  • Security: WPA & WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access), Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) - PIN & PBC
  • Advanced Firewall Features: Network Address Translation (NAT), Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), VPN Pass-through / Multi-sessions PPTP / L2TP / IPSec
  • Device Management: Internet Explorer v6 or Later; Mozilla Firefox v1.5 or Later; or other Java-enabled Browsers
  • Certifications: FCC Class B, IC, IPv6 Gold, Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions: Item (WxDxH): 4.6" x 7.6" x 1.2", Packaging (WxDxH): 9.6" x 11.1" x 3.1"
  • Weight: Item: 0.7 lbs, Packaging: 2.0 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited*
  • Recommended System Requirements: For optimal wireless performance, use with the D-Link Xtreme N Dual Band USB Adapter (DWA-160)
  • Minimum System Requirements: Computer with Windows Vista**, Windows XP SP2** or Mac OS X (v10.4)***; Internet Explorer v6 or Mozilla Firefox v1.5; CD-ROM Drive; Network Interface Card; and for Internet access a Cable or DSL Modem and Subscription with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)

What's In the Box

  • Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router
  • 2 Detachable Antennas
  • CAT5 Ethernet Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • CD-ROM**** with Installation Wizard and Product Documentation

* 1-Year Limited Warranty available only in the U.S.A and Canada.
** Computer must adhere to Microsoft's recommended System Requirements.
*** The software included with this product is not Mac-compatible.
**** Latest software and documentation are available online at

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Set up was easy and was up and running with strong wifi throughout the whole house. Will definitely buy D-Link again! Read more ›
This product was exactly what I needed. The setup was easy, and the performance excellent. I had no problems getting this unit setup and it works great. Read more ›
I've used previous models of…Set up was pretty simple, though I could tell there where a lot more settings to tweak this thing out pretty good if you want to go there. S… Read more ›
I installed this router to replace a TrendNet router. The installation was quite simple and setup was a breeze. Good unit so far. Read more ›
I decided I needed a new manufacturer's router, and bought this this one. Setup is easy, it all works as advertised. What elese can I say - it's been great, and only should… Read more ›
The setup process is awful if you want to set anything manually. Most settings don't work properly on the 1st try. Read more ›
I have TWC 10/1 speed tier and…The only downside on this router is the wifi signal is weak compared it's competitors of its time (Linksys WRT610N and Netgear WNDR3700). I… Read more ›
I have updated the firmware and I know what I am doing. -The signal quality is weak. We have a smaller house and I'm on the lowest signal strength in parts of our house. Read more ›
In general I was having a much better experience with this router. Unfortunately, the 2.4 wireless signal was worse than the old router, and the 5Ghz is a complete joke. I… Read more ›
Bought this D-Link router thinking it was one of their top of the line dual-band routers. Its 2.4hz signal was horrible. Wouldn't even pick up wifi signal in the next room. Read more ›
Hasn't crashed yet. Connection is strong. Read more ›
The 5 ghz signal is very weak and my t.v. which is 10 feet away has trouble maintaining a connection to it. If you're just using it for laptops and only plan on using the… Read more ›
Finally found a DDWRT open source firmware for the router and the performance is finally outstanding. No reset connections and files and movies download fast. Read more ›
Too bad it doesn't do what it claims to. Programming is easy but then the performance is really bad. The speed of this is worse than a modem use to be. Read more ›
I tried this product in place of an existing Apple Airport Extreme set to 2.4 Ghz, N-Only WiFi…I couldn't hold a connection, and when I did the speed was horrible. From… Read more ›
FINALLY, it was receiving an IP address from my ISP and handing out internal DHCP…The Internet speeds were SO SLOW that anything other than simple requests timed out. I… Read more ›
All it did was DRAMATICALLY LOWER my…My cable company came out to figure out why my speeds were bad - when they disconnected this router my speeds shot way back up. I… Read more ›
I gave up and put the disc…30 minutes later, all the computers and iPhones were on the internet and the strength and speed was much improved from the previous router I had. Read more ›
Purchased it for…Never worked well, probably because the range is only good if the receiving device is nearby....making wireless virtually useless on the 5 GHz connection. Read more ›
The router is good and really easy to setup. But I have to admit that the wireless range is not good. With that said now have to look into a access piont. Read more ›
USB storage drive access is a nice additional feature. The wireless range is good for my small house. Read more ›
I have been using this DLink for about a month and it works great. The wireless range is much improved over my Netgear which was my last router. I tried installing the… Read more ›
It is 107 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up.) When I would run a speed test, my speeds were consistently in the 60 to 70 Mbps range, which is not bad but not what I should be getting. W… Read more ›
1) 2.4 Ghz band - I had put it to good use over the last six weeks and I am happy to report that there are absolutely no connection drops on 2.4 GHz band and the range was… Read more ›
We have never been able to get the higher band to work; configuration was easy but even after hours on the phone with customer support with suggestions ranging from reset… Read more ›
PRO's: Easy to setup, all features are very straightforward to understand and configure, Guest SSID for both bands is a plus and the router works as specified. CON's: Two… Read more ›
In addition, the router comes with great product manuals and there are many helpful resources on-line. This router has great security features that are easy to configure. Th… Read more ›
The new dual band N router has been a very big disappointment overall. On the upside, the features are super rich in comparison to my old Linksys. Lots more feature set to… Read more ›
The Good: A wealth of features and pages of configuration options for just about any…Manual configuration was easy since I'm an old hat at setting these up (see con below). Read more ›
It comes with easy installation software for PC users, but MAC and Linux…The security features are very easy to activate and seem to be extremely difficult to circumvent. Read more ›
I try to program this router for a several times with no result really frustrating. And the customer service is the worst D.Link. I tried for two days to communicate with… Read more ›
Finally giving out soon after that. The tech support was horrible, and the overall user friendliness of the router is poor. I have since purchased a Lyksys E-4200. Read more ›
The 1522 only worked intermittently. Bottom line: I loved D-Link for years,tech support is great, but three failures in one year is a record. Could be bad luck, and… Read more ›
The signal under mixed n, g i is horrible, and my old wrt54 router was faster and more…Support is worse than imaginable, and I will never buy another linksys router again. Read more ›
Technical support was very nice, usually had short wait times, but they couldn't peg down the problem, but would just have me assign static IP addresses as the workaround. Read more ›
The menu's can be a little intimidating to a novice (me included) and are a…I spoke to tech support twice on this router and the second support tech was a great help. A… Read more ›
I needed a router cause my Belkin was dropping my internet connections left and right and I came across this unit for sale on…Also the price was absolutely AMAZING!!!! T… Read more ›
The added QOS allows me to weight the VOIP…This is my go to router when I don't need a Cisco solution for a five person office that needs reliability at a low price. Read more ›
I bought this for gaming, this is one of the models that Xbox supports for multiple Xbox's on the same connection. Outstanding and nicely priced.. Read more ›
If you are looking for a high quality router at a decent price look no further than this router. I consider myself a techie but when it came to choosing a router I… Read more ›
Nice unit, Higher priced for home use, dual band good if you need that capability, fairly easy to install, easy to access menu, gives details and allows changes to the… Read more ›
I was the I.T. Manager for a Denver based construction company and was looking for a dual band N spec router so I thought I would try this one because of the good price on… Read more ›
Went with the D-Link hoping this one would…Setup is easy, instructions are comprehensive and the user interface is well laid out, if not a bit complicated for a new user. Read more ›
The router works great when you have it setup the way you want, but getting it set up is not as easy as…The user interface is not intuitive and could use some improvements. Read more ›
Sadly, this is a hugely significant statement. The default software is surprisingly solid, and it has great DD-WRT and Open-WRT support. Read more ›
Perhaps it needed a firmware upgrade, but compared with my Netgear N300, this DLINK was a nightmare. First of all, the web interface was brutally slow. Everytime a… Read more ›
2.4 and 5.0 Mhz, simultaneous dual band, gigabyte ethernet ports, USB…The user interface is really nice and has a lot of features to set your router up any way you want. Read more ›
The latest firmware (1.12NA) has alot of issues with it locking up and they…Apparently it used to work flawlessly in firmware version 1.01, which you can't downgrade to. Read more ›
Setup is easy. The router configuration is easy to get to and simple to use. Spec for spec and dollar for dollar you can't find a better deal. Read more ›
It is a good router, the OS installed is painful to use slow and unresponsive. It also loses connection intermittently now and then and loses all outbound traffic and I… Read more ›
Works as advertised. Easy to use interface, setup wizard for beginners. Port forwarding is painless, excellent for gaming/streaming. Read more ›
BUT! It's a bit of a pain to configure, some of the functions are not at all intuitive to access and configure. The interface is clunky, the help menus are anemic, missing… Read more ›
And it…As long as you understand what the features are the interface is quite easy to navigate, but it has a ton of features, which could confuse those who aren't IT guys. Read more ›
The product was easy to setup and install the software. The d-link is easy to use and operate. I like the product. Read more ›
Another plus is the included free (trial though - darn it)Network…Oh yeah, also have Wii, PS3 networked in also and online speeds for networked play is awesome, no lags. Read more ›
And there was no error message to indicate what might be wrong. However, signal strength on the g/b network was excellent. Read more ›
The ability to have both a 2.4 GHz network running simultaneously with a 5 GHz network is fantastic. The crowded 2.4 band is necessary for compatibility with devices that… Read more › set up on my part NONE! I had one little issue with network share; so I called tek support. They answered on the second ring and fixed the issue Read more ›
+ A good range of features. I quickly had networks on both bands up and running, and all my devices were connected. This really couldn't have gone better. Read more ›
Smallnetbuilder web site has great reviews of networking equipment and they got best performance from [[ASIN:B002HWRJY4 Netgear Rangemax WNDR3700 Dual Band Wireless-N… Read more ›
Pros: Nice design Dual Band Read more ›
This is probably my 10th…This is easily the worst designed piece of garbage I've ever run across and thats saying something when compared to some of the Belkin products... Read more ›
I got this router for about 3 months, it has great features, and good looking design. However, it is not as reliable as I thought to be. Read more ›
Very well designed product, but expect some customer support grief to get the router working. Make sure you download the latest "firmware." Read more ›
I had to set it up manually through D-Link router's IP address. Setting up manually was easy as the screens are self explanatory. Read more ›
I understand enough networking stuff to configure a router in just a few minutes, and the internal web page layout is intuitive and well described, including excellent help… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

319 of 339 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Palmerino Jr VINE VOICE on November 10, 2008
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I am a Linksys person and I teach a Wireless course using Linksys products. I have been using Linksys products since their 802.11b wired routers first became available. I recently purchased the WRT610N and after trying this D-Link, I am sorry I chose the Linksys WRT610N.

As my first D-link product, I failed to realize D-link uses a network address for its router. I am used to on Linksys products.

It is a Dual-Band wireless router, just like the WRT610N. It allows you to schedule wireless access. It has a great manual, which even tells you how to hook up one router to another for extending coverage. I was surprised to see this. I like being able to adjust power output of wireless radios. I love the idea of Guest wireless internet zones. It allows guests, such as friends, to get on your network without having access to local resources or giving out your normal SSID/Password.

It clearly has more options than the Linksys WRT610N, which can be seemingly less user freindly and requires more knowledge of networking. The web configuration screens are similar to Linksys screens though. Anyone familiar with Linksys can find their way around. I did not try the setup CD. Instead I manually configured it using the web interface.

I did not experience any of the instability issues I had with WRT610N. With a Lenovo T61, Apple TV, iPhone, two Macs, a PS3, and a PC connected to a Buffalo LinkStation Gaming Adapter, I needed to find the least common denominator wireless settings in order for all of these devices to connect and stay connected successfully. There were just too many disconnects, which necessitated the least common denominator approach.
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362 of 422 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Mayfield on May 30, 2009
A couple of months ago I purchased the DIR-825 because on average it received better buyer reviews than the competing dual-band N-compatible routers. At this point, I'm really struggling to understand how this is possible, because the DIR-825 fails in so many areas. I've designed wireless home networking products for almost the past 10 years, and while I'd hope that my experience and familiarity with top brands should equip me to make good purchasing decisions, in my confidence I apparently overlooked some fundamental requirements. In the DIR-825 I got a router that had what I was looking for (configurable QoS, dual-band 802.11n support), but also had a lot of other "features:"

- Randomly disconnects clients every hour or so. This happened more in 5GHz than 2.4GHz, but it definitely happened in both spectrums, and did so often. The router's logs did not indicate any reasons for clients being removed. My theory is that there were frequent signal strength hiccups that caused clients to think the router had vanished. They always reconnected about 10 seconds later, but that's long enough to disconnect you from most online games.
- Renders Vonage VOIP calls completely inaudible, even when the wireless network is quiet. The Vonage router is the only wired networking device in our house. We had it plugged into the DIR-825 so we could take advantage of the router's advanced QoS capabilities, but it was an absolute nightmare. We never got VOIP to work right so long as it was 'behind' the DIR-825, regardless of QoS settings and various other tweaks mentioned in the D-Link knowledge base and forums. We ended up having to put the Vonage device in front of the router (which fixed Vonage but had side effects on the rest of the network).
- Auto-channel Select Feature DOES NOT WORK.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Lionel TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2008
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Several months ago, I had bought the D-Link DIR-655, a lower model that did not do 5GHz. It would not get a DHCP address from my ISP and I eventually returned it.

I decided to try again, this time with the DIR-825. Same problem - no DHCP. This time, D-Link support was more helpful and guided me to the actual problem, which was that the router failed to "auto-negotiate" the Ethernet link speed from my FiOS optical network block. No other router or PC I had tried had such a problem. The second-level support rep had me change the speed to 10Mbps (instead of the default 10/100/1000 auto) and it worked.

Well, sort of. What's the point of a 15Mbps service with a 10Mbps Ethernet link? Could I set it to 100Mbps? Yes. Did it work? No. But I then had a think. I grabbed an Ethernet switch I had elsewhere in the house and put that between the FiOS connection and the router. Success! The switch negotiated the speed just fine and presented the router with a GigE link. So off to local store I go and I find the same model Netgear GigE switch on sale for $30. Install that and I'm in business.

Now that it works, I'm very happy with the features and performance of the DIR-825. One can adjust the properties of the 2.4 and 5GHz radios separately, and it has a "Guest Zone" feature which might come in handy some day. I get a strong signal throughout the house and it can be configured in detailed ways or just left alone.

I used manual configuration so can't comment on D-Link's CD-based setup. I have used the WiFi Protected Setup feature, where you just enter a passcode (printed on the bottom of the router or you can generate a new one in the admin panel) and it retrieves the key automatically. Very neat.
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