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My extensive test with Comcast and with 802.11G Dell Notebooks,
This review is from: D-Link Wireless N300 Mbps Extreme-N Gigabit Router (DIR-655) (Personal Computers)
I upgraded from my dLink DI-624 to the DIR-655 because my DI-624 was rebooting every few hours and my dell laptop inspiron 6000(XP) would disconnect every hour. I have also the dell E1405 (Vista) which would get 2-7% connections on my 3rd floor.
Here is my layout: I have a 3 story townhouse with 2 houses on both sides. I am located 3 miles from NYC but am located in an area which is considered to be the suburbs. My router is on the ground/1st floor. I use my laptops on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
After my upgrade to DIR-655, I see that the new router is NOT rebooting and my Inspiron 6000 stays connected. The E1405 would get about 14% on the 3rd floor.
With my BitTorrent running/downloading, I test the following:
When I surf the web, everything is fine and fast. 6Mbs/sec
When I stream movie from one laptop to the other, I experience some jumpiness. I notice if I pop something in the microwave, I would get slowdown and crazy jumpy connection which causes the movie to hang. The cordless at 5.6GHz running is fine.
I get 100% on the 1st floor since my router is there. 54Mbs (DI624 gave me 92%)
I get about 48-64% on the 2nd floor. 36-54Mbs. (almost the same as the DI624)
I get about 2-22% on the 3rd floor. 2-24Mbs.
The above test was done with both internal laptop cards. The Inspiron 6000 is using the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2915. The E1405 is using the Wireless 1390 WLAN MiniCard.
My wireless settings:
N and G mode only
Firmware 1.04 (heard bad things about 1.05 and 1.1, so I will wait and see)
There is an improvement compare to the DI-624 of course. But is it worth the $110+ at the moment? I am not too sure. I am thinking that I will wait until the N adapters gets to be about $40 and I will do a retest. I hope it gets better with full N. I see a 5% improvement on the 1st floor, a 0-5% improvement on the 2nd floor and a 0-200% improvement on the 3rd floor.
Yes, you should buy it if you were experiencing issues b/f like me, but if you old router was working perfectly, why upgrade unless you are going full N.
I gave it a 3 star because I was expecting a 6x more range and 300% speed improvement. But I dont see that.
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Initial post: Dec 6, 2007 9:42:40 PM PST
Ross Binkley says:
Ummm... you can't expect to get N speeds without N clients.... In other words, you can't expect the 6x range or the 3x speed w/o the client cards also being N.
Posted on Dec 16, 2007 12:45:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2007 12:52:00 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2007 8:11:27 AM PST
Thats awesome, thanks. I will give it a try.
Posted on Jan 27, 2011 9:28:41 AM PST
Regarding the microwave issues, I had major problems with my old router and our microwave, For years I thought it was because it was an old microwave. I read a web blog about switching channels on your wifi router to avoid microwave interference and it really worked!
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