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D-Link Wireless N+300 Mbps Extreme-N Gigabit Router (DIR-655)

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  • Delivers up to 14x faster speeds* and 6x farther range* than 802.11g means greater coverage for your entire home or office
  • Ideal for streaming HD video or streaming multiple applications simultaneously
  • Intelligent QoS technology prioritizes both wired and wireless Internet traffic to enable enhanced gaming and phone calling (VoIP) experience
  • Gigabit Ports for Incredible Wired Network Speeds
  • Dual active firewall protection (SPI & NAT) helps block malicious attacks on networks from the Internet.
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Technical Details

Model: N300
  • Brand Name: D-Link
  • Model: DIR-655/DE
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Connectivity Technology: wireless
  • Number of Ports: 4
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Product Details

Model: N300
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000LIFB7S
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  • Item model number: DIR-655/DE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 22, 2003

Product Description

Model: N300

From the Manufacturer

The D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router (DIR-655) is a draft 2.0 802.11n compliant device that delivers up to 14x faster speeds* and 6x farther range* than 802.11g while staying backward compatible with 802.11g devices. Connect the Xtreme N Gigabit Router to a cable or DSL modem and provide high-speed Internet access to multiple computers, game consoles, and media players. Create a secure wireless network to share photos, files, music, videos, printers, and network storage.



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Powered by Xtreme N technology and equipped with three external antennas, this router provides superior wireless coverage for larger homes and offices, or for users running bandwidth-intensive applications. The DIR-655 also includes a 4-port 10/100/1000 Gigabit switch that connects Gigabit wired devices for enjoying lag-free network gaming and faster file transfers.

With wireless prioritization technology and our award-winning intelligent QoS engine, jitter-free Internet phone calls (VoIP), high-definition video streaming and Web gaming are achievable on your wired and wireless networks. Support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security standards ensure that you will be able to use the best possible encryption regardless of your other wireless devices. To prevent possible attacks from the Internet, the DIR-655 uses dual active firewalls (SPI & NAT) to help protect your valuable data. Below is a list of DIR-655 features.

D-Link DIR-655
Get 14x faster and 6x farther range than 802.11g with the D-Link Xtreme N Wi-Fi router (see larger image).


D-Link DIR-655

Key Features

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

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  • Single-band Wireless N connectivity

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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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  • Dual active firewall protection (SPI & NAT) helps block malicious attacks on networks from the Internet
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  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for ultra-fast wired connectivity

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  • Ideal for streaming HD video or streaming multiple applications simultaneously
  • Includes the latest wireless security (WEP, WPA & WPA2) features that help prevent unauthorized access
  • Virtually no wireless dead spots
  • Advanced parental controls
  • Supports Windows Connect Now (WCN) for easy wireless setup
  • Automatic firmware update notification
  • E-mail notification for triggered events
  • Integrated wireless security wizard
  • Removable antennas for flexible installation options
  • Wall mountable to save desk space

Why Intelligent QoS Is Better

With some routers, all wired and wireless traffic, including VoIP, Video Streaming, Online Gaming, and Web browsing are mixed together into a single data stream. By handling data this way, applications like video streaming could pause or delay. With D-Link's Intelligent QoS Technology, wired and wireless traffic is analyzed and separated into multiple data streams. These streams are then categorized by sensitivity to delay, so applications like VoIP, Video Streaming, and Online Gaming are given priority over Web browsing. This enables multiple applications to stream smoothly to your TV or PC.

Advanced Network Security

The Xtreme N Gigabit Router supports the latest wireless security features to help prevent unauthorized access, be it from over a wireless network or from the Internet. Support for WPA and WPA2 standards ensure that you will be able to use the best possible encryption regardless of your client devices. In addition, this Xtreme N router utilizes Dual Active Firewalls (SPI and NAT) to prevent potential attacks from across the Internet. Also, the DIR-655 uses advanced firewall features. The web-based user interface displays a number of advanced network management features including:

  • Content Filtering--Easily applied content filtering based on MAC Address, URL, and/or Domain Name.
  • Filter Scheduling--These filters can be scheduled to be active on certain days or for a duration of hours or minutes.
  • Secure Multiple/Concurrent Sessions--The DIR-655 can pass through VPN sessions. It supports multiple and concurrent IPSec and PPTP sessions, so users behind the DIR-655 can securely access corporate networks.

Delivering best-in-class performance, network security, and coverage, the Xtreme N Gigabit Router (DIR-655) is the ideal centerpiece for your wireless network in the home or office.


With SharePort technology you can connect a USB printer or storage device to your router and allow users to access them from anywhere on the network. Conveniently turn your existing USB printers and storage devices into network devices for everyone to share.


SECURESPOT 2.0 (optional) is total network security for multiple computers in your home. With the unique Web-based console you can monitor, install, and control how your network is protected from a single location.

  • Firewall protection
  • Parental controls
  • Parental reporting and alerts
  • Identity protection
  • Pop-up blocker
  • Virus/spyware protection--powered by McAfee
  • Spam control
  • Access control
  • Remote management console
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.


  • Standards: IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
  • Interface Type: 4 Gigabit LAN Ports, 1 Gigabit WAN Port, Push Button (for Wi-Fi Protected Setup), 1 USB Port (for SharePort & Windows Connect Now)
  • Antenna Type: 3 External Antennas
  • Security: WPA & WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
  • 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, CE, Wi-Fi/WPS
  • Dimensions: 4.6 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches (WxDxH)
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited
  • Recommended System Requirements: For optimal wireless performance, use with the D-Link Xtreme N Adapters (DWA-552, DWA-556, DWA-643, or DWA-652)
  • Minimum System Requirements: Computer with Windows 7, 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

D-Link DIR-655, 3 detachable antennas, CAT5 Ethernet cable, power adapter, CD-ROM with installation wizard and operating instructions

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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
Safe network connection with Wi-Fi encryption & 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 & performance throughout your home    
Use 5 GHz band for streaming HD content with less interference      


* Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g and draft 802.11n specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, buildings materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. Wireless range and speed rates are D-Link RELATIVE performance measurements based on the wireless range and speed rates of a standard Wireless G product from D-Link. Maximum throughput based on D-Link draft 802.11n devices.

** Requires SharePort Client Utility installation on the PC. SharePort upgrade is available for the hardware versions A2, A3, A4.

Product Description

The D-Link Extreme-N Gigabit Router (DIR-655) is a draft 2.0 802.11n compliant device that delivers up to 14x faster speeds and 6x farther range than 802.11g while staying backward compatible with 802.11g devices. Connect the Extreme-N Gigabit Router to a cable or DSL modem and provide high-speed Internet access to multiple computers, game consoles, and media players. Create a secure wireless network to share photos, files, music, videos, printers, and network storage.

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Easey to install and works very good with my Roku. Read more ›
It works great in both places. Setup is easy and it seems to have much better range than my previous router. Read more ›
So far it looks OK. The installation process was fairly easy and the app for remote access is great. I thought there might be a decent improvement on the coverage area but… Read more ›
I purchased this unit for my…The setup was straightforward (although I admit that I am a computer person) and the range proved to be very good for both G and N connections. Read more ›
replaced a lynksis that dropped connections daily. this d-link has been drop-free since setup...which was easy. good signal in an old plaster-walled, two-story big house. Read more ›
This router has been one of the best routers I've owned. Set up was easy and the product works exactly as it is supposed to. Great router. Read more ›
This week I picked up an Asus…Immediately my wireless signal is solid in every room, and even outside in the back yard where I never got signal before with the D-Link. N… Read more ›
However, I do not use the internet for anything but sending and receiving e-mails. The connection is good and consistent throughout the house, which is fairly large. I… Read more ›
So took one more shot at this one, thinking maybe the 5 ghz would help…However, the great news is at the regualr 2.4 ghz the connection speed is AMAZING with this one. 5… Read more ›
Easy installation and configuration. The signal is strong and has a pretty good range (occupies my whole house). Stylish design that highlights where you put it. Read more ›
1…Even the signal on the 2GHz has puked, signal levels are bad unless right next to the router, even then download speeds arent even comparable to the wired connection. W… Read more ›
I suppose my one big complaint is that my wireless connectivity is incredibly slow with this router. My wired speeds are great, but any device connected to this router… Read more ›
It was broken didn't stream or use all your Internet sometimes the speed was slower then dsl and it had connection issues Read more ›
My Internet is now at an officially crazy blazing speed as a result! I normally watch long YouTube videos (TV shows) at 1080p and the buffering speed is insanely fast. My… Read more ›
My old router began dropping the wireless connections intermittently. The setup was fast and easy, and the increased performance is pretty good, too. Read more ›
Speeds are insanely fast for my wired items, and the wireless items that never leave range, all have the fastest speeds I've ever experienced for wireless. Read more ›
I consider myself to be very tech savvy,…That said, its performance is excellent so once I got through the barrier of installing it, it's been reliable and trouble free. Read more ›
The connectivity is top level. The speed is amazing. 3) VoIP works flawlessly. Read more ›
i was waiting to write this review until the product proves its the…From the day1 , the device is ON and there is none that i could complaint and the coverage is fantastic. Read more ›
Web browsing was painfully slow (Ookla speed test showed 0.7 mbps) and…The range is excellent, but it's completely useless if you can't transfer data over the cursed thing. Read more ›
I purchased this about a year ago and it has worked flawlessly. The range has been good and I have no complaints. Read more ›
I've had this for a couple years now and…The range is really good and set up is pretty quick, I do however have to reset the router once and a while due to it dropping out. Read more ›
Setup was easy…The range is excellent and I was able to see this router from parts of my house, previously impossible with the D-Link DIR-615 that this router replaced. I… Read more ›
Cons: -Range isn't great -Not the fastest speeds Read more ›
The signal is not too strong but the rest of the features are great. Read more ›
If money was no issue I would have just bought another Apple one. The remote configuration just works so well on those Apple routers.... Read more ›
Given the nature of my difficulties, I can further imagine…The security is so good, in fact, that reaching the Internet was pretty much the extent of my accomplishments. Read more ›
Setting up the guest network was simple. Advanced features like port forwarding and blocking MAC addresses was simple. Read more ›
I have since upgraded the Router to handle the 4 IP Cameras that I have wired to my home network and easily use the built in ftp server on this router so home security has… Read more ›
The Cloud features, the MyDlink, all of the cloud features are really simple to use and setup. Coverage wise, this was about the same as the 820, but much better than my… Read more ›
Good router... Been around a month since I bought and has worked…The signalstrength iisn't the strongest as it fades into the next room but for the price it is a great buy Read more ›
I hope…Overall, I am happy with what I have received: Comparatively speaking, the price is reasonable, and the performance is powerful enough to give a qualified "superb". Read more ›
I recommended For every one The price is very good Read more ›
So if the kids at home call and said there is a problem with the router I can…So far the product has lived up to our expectations, for the price it is a great little unit. Read more ›
Product as described fast shipping, I was expecting a bigger boost to my wireless streaming on the various devices around…Can't complain for the price, works well enough. Read more ›
Comes with a disk for easy hook-up to get on line. Price was good. Read more ›
I would like to say that "Jacq 4230" customner service rep with D Link support was incredible with her knowledge on Dlink setup and her customer service was a 10 :) Read more ›
Why provide the CD then? Tech support was very good walking me through the manual setup. Read more ›
EDIT: Their Tech support is horrible in that they'll run you through the same steps over and over again and then try to place the blame on your service provider. So the… Read more ›
Had a hard time setting it up (not very computer savvy) but tech support was great. Thanks Angelica! Read more ›
Needed to have a little help negotiating the program menus on its settings .the help I got from customer service was great and he answered on second ring no waiting, how… Read more ›
I had a D-Link DIR 601 which could not handle all my devices. The support people were just great in helping me set it up after I messed it up during set up. Read more ›
But still...after EVERY…Lastly, the user interface is not well laid out and would likely be overwhelming to someone who is not familiar with the inner guts of a router. T… Read more ›
-No bloated software installations required -The user interface was simple enough to navigate to apply security/passwords/etc -After a month of use no dropped signals, no… Read more ›
I'm using it right now…This router comes with a very simple and easy to use User-Interface that is very intuitive and gives you full control over a wide range of options. Read more ›
It basically comes already enabled and ready to go. The documentation is easy to follow and the updates to the firmware are easy to install. Can't miss if you buy this. Read more ›
This was as close to plug in and go as I've come over the…The web interface is easy to use and my TVs don't drop when playing streaming video on apps like VUDU anymore. Read more ›
The same user/pass was working on my previous router and also allowed…Something in the firmware is broken and D-Link refuses to do any real testing or admit any problems. Read more ›
The router works great and even came with an extra gain boost antennae. Easy to use web based interface and it doesn't take forever to restart after making changes. Read more ›
Initially bought three of the DCS-931L's, then…They are for all intents and purposes the same in functionality, though I initially found the 931L's software easier to use. Read more ›
It will do everything you ask it, and never complain once. The GUI gives you great functionality and is quite easy to navigate--regardless of your technical experience. You… Read more ›
Signal is stronger than airport express. Port forwarding and custom settings are easy to access. The best thing is remote access when away from home, so I can adjust… Read more ›
Port Forwarding and VPN are pretty simple to use, Haven't used the "WISH" setting for the wireless have to read up on that But if that's anything like the enhanced… Read more ›
Easy to use, easy to set up, and a sleek design make this a great product so far. Read more ›
* No overheating, or too warm problems (constantly running for about 8 months now) * consistent gigbit wired network, that works well with a gigabit switch * dual band N… Read more ›
when i use this router, it will go out for 30 seconds to a couple minutes every day, thus…i haven't tried it at other locations, but the wired network here work very well. Read more ›
Cable service and this…I was able to support speeds up to 34Mbps regularly although concurrent streaming when two or more heavy users were on the network was not great. Read more ›
This is definitely a huge con. I don't have faith that the transmission speeds on the "N" network are as fast as they should be based on this. I've lowered my review a star… Read more ›
Before I installed my new D-Link DIR-655 (and a new Modem) my home network was slow and the wireless reception in parts of the house was spotty. I installed the new router… Read more ›
Very easy to install into our network, and has been very fast with a very wide wireless range. This is the second D-link router i have purchased and will buy the brand again. Read more ›
- The design looks neat, but I really think I prefer the flat design used on most routers - it uses less space. I'm not sure there was any technical reason for the "round… Read more ›
This is just a badly designed product, does not function fully, returned to Amazon next day: Read more ›
hidden antenna, good solid design, awesome performance with known great tools built in. Read more ›
It's absolutely ludicrous that a company sells a product so poorly designed that it requires an hour of troubleshooting right out of the box, and still doesn't work. Read more ›
This one is solid, nice design, does transmit the speed it advertises and can send my ISP full connection wirelessly. Dlink has won me over. Read more ›
- No external antennas. - Sleek simple design. - Excellent range. Read more ›
These Dlink routers have one common problem, the login screen are not accessible after a while for whatever reason. If you don't believe me, just Google it. Read more ›
This router is located in our basement and the…But this new one even makes it 75 feet out the front door and on the back deck with no problem, streams video full screen! Read more ›
In fact, there is still constant problem transferring large media files…I will say that Netgear does have a vey simple, intuitive setup screen for its router in comparison. Read more ›
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945 of 1,028 people found the following review helpful By JMK on October 8, 2007
Style Name: N300
First off, the really tough thing about wireless routers is that your performance can vary dramatically from someone elses. Whether its your hardware, your software, spyware, configuration of your house, your ISP, what type of cordless phone you use, or a myriad of other things, your experience may be entirely different from your best friend's. So, this isn't so much a review of the router as it is a review of my experience with it.

The Good

This router has all of the bells and whistles with the exception of dual band broadcasting. QoS, WISH, VPN, Port Forwarding, all levels of security, etc. It has Gigabit wired ports. You cannot get anything more elsewhere without doubling the price. It is all packaged within an attractive set up that provides hope that this will be your last router for quite some time. Set up is easy and straight forward. And, most importantly, you literally cannot get a faster router when within 30 feet.

The Bad
I really wanted to keep this router but I couldn't. My main problem was heat. After a few hours of use (just being on at all), this router was almost too hot to touch. I actually exchanged it figuring it must be a bad router but the new one was the same way. And, more importantly, when it got hot, I got intermittent lag via my wire machine on my internet traffic. Games that played flawlessly on my old Buffalo router started lagging; video started stuttering; downloads started pausing. Diagnosed it with my ISP as being on my side of their modem. When my old router was plugged in, all problems went away. D-Link tried to help me but there was a language barrier and no matter what we did with QoS and WISH, it didn't go away. I had to return the router.
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538 of 591 people found the following review helpful By Neil Gandhi VINE VOICE on February 14, 2007
Style Name: N300
Im sitting on this thing right now. Man oh man...im getting a "very good" signal where my connection used to be dropping...

I used to have a few problems with WiFi. The first problem was obviously the range...as I said a few moments ago, the DIR-655 fixed that...I mean, even though it claims 6x range, but I was going to be happy with just a 25% improvement...I seriously think that this router increased my range 50-75%!

I used to always be frustrated with the lack of settings in many routers. Some would have QoS (Quality of Service...something that can prioritize important internet activity like Voice Over IP...internet phone) but it didnt really work. Some would be lacking in semi-advanced routing features...others would barely have any non-novice features at all...This one has plenty of options for the advanced user to have a lot of fun screwing with settings. The most beautiful thing about it though, is that there is a wizard in the interface so that even the most novice of users can set up a great network with strong security. It also has context sensitive online help...what that is, is when you are trying to adjust settings and you dont know what something means, there is a little help button right there that you can click to get an explanation right then and there! Its kinda like the Yin-Yang of routers...

I want to mention that I have been looking at draft-N routers for a few weeks now and have been reading the reviews. The reason that I am writing this review is that it was so hard for me to find a good review on this router. Cnet doesnt even have an official review (as of 2/13/07) but it does have very positive user comments.
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202 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Robert Salita on October 12, 2007
Style Name: N300 Verified Purchase
Very satisfied. Smaller than expected. Fast enough to play HD-DVDs wirelessly to my notebook (Dell Inspiron E1505, 802.11BGN, 945GM, Core Duo (2) 2GHz, Vista Premium, Arcsoft Digital Theater, D-Link DNS-323 NAS). Great speed and coverage. Also handles HDTV perfectly via HDHomeRun device.

Don't forget to upgrade firmware.

Update 11-Nov-2007: This router may be my biggest gadget surprise this year. It continues to perform better than expected, completely solving all past wireless issues and handling all tasks such as streaming HD-DVD.

Update 7-Apr-2011: Another reviewer reports that the device's adapter is no longer dual voltage. References to voltage have been removed? Interested in a versatile travel router? I recommend TRENDnet 300Mbps Wireless-N Travel Router Kit TEW-654TR (Black). It's wireless, remarkably small, 100-240 volts, has an Ethernet port.
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130 of 142 people found the following review helpful By L. Arthur on May 2, 2007
Style Name: N300 Verified Purchase
Wow! I used a Linksys RT31P2 for the last year or so. It was a piece of junk!! Would slow down, get constipated, and finally died. Since we are Mac family (I have been an IT consultant too long to stay PC) I used the Airport Extreme (802.11g) for a while also. It was reliable.

BUT WHEN I PLUGGED IN THIS D-LINK ROUTER, I realized that all my previous routers had been huge bottlenecks. Over the Airport, my upload speed on Comcast cable modem increased from 4Mbps to 20Mbps. Wow. Didn't even realize Comcast had opened up that much bandwidth. [...]
So in my house we have a wired Mac, wireless Mac, wireless TiVo, Vonage adapter, Airport printserver, Airport iTunes, and they all work fine. I am currently using 802.11g and WPA2 since I don't own any 802.11n stuff yet. Signal strength for 802.11g has doubled on the fringe areas from 30% on my Tivo adapter to 60%.

I bought the D-Link vonage ATA adapter and plugged into one of the ports. I was concerned my phone calls would get choppy since the ATA is behind the router. HOWEVER, THE D-LINK ROUTER HAS SOME VERY GOOD QoS FEATURES AND USING THE AUTOMATIC SETTINGS, THE VONAGE CALLS ARE NOT CHOPPY AND EVERYTHING WORKS FINE.

Build Quality: This router is built a lot more solid than many other routers I have seen, especially the Linksys P.O.S. I just placed in the trash can (best place for it really).

Summary: Gigabit switch is awesome. Router can do SPI and even some deep packet inspection such as H.323 (Netmeeting) compatibility and QOS stuff while maintaining lots of speed. It is VoIP aware and supports SIP and QOS is tuned for VOIP. It works great in a Mac environment and I'm sure would in a PC environemtn also.
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