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D-Link Wireless N300 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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D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme Wireless Router The D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router has arrived to deliver you with faster speeds and farther range while staying backward compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b devices. Connect the Xtreme N Gigabit Router to a cable or DSL modem and provide high-speed web access to your computers, game systems, and multimedia players. Establish your wireless network with ease to share photos, files, music, videos, printers, and network storage. Powered by Xtreme N technology and outfitted with three external antennas, your router provides superior wireless coverage at home or the office! Specifications Wireless network standards: IEEE 802.11g IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.11n Networking standards: IEEE 802.3ab gigabit ethernet IEEE 802.3 ethernet 10Base-T Wireless data transfer rates: 300 Mbps Security protocols: WPA 128-bit WEP 64-bit WEP WPA2 Routing / Firewall Protocols: DHCP Network address translation (NAT) Firewall Features: MAC Address Filtering URL Filtering Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) One WAN port Four 10/100/1000 Mbps ports Ethernet: CAT6, CAT5e Limited 12 months parts and labor warranty Dimensions: 4.6"W x 7.6"D x 1.2"H
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I'm a SecureSpot user, but my DLink DSD-150 -- the little SecureSpot box that filters websites for the entire network -- broke. Rather than replacing my failed DSD-150 with another, I bought this DIR-655 because it has built-in SecureSpot. That it's an N-network is just an extra nice feature, but I won't need it yet.
The installation was very frustrating. Keep in mind, this is only the second router I've ever installed -- I don't do this for a living. So when I'm greeted with an instruction poster that says, "IMPORTANT: For the wizard to work, the computer must be connected to the Internet and be online. If you have disconnected any hardware please re-connect your computer back to the modem and make sure you are online" -- I'm immediately confused. You mean, I'm supposed to plug-in my old router firstly, pop the install CD in, maybe download a firmware update or something? The instructions should more plainly explain if the old router needs to be in place before you begin the new router install or not, or whether you should plug-in your new router (and remove the bit about your computer needing to be connected to the Internet). Maybe what D-Link meant is perfectly intuitive to you; it wasn't to me. (Turns out, I just needed to plug-in the new router -- which, of course, couldn't be connected to my Internet-connected computer, as I was just now installing the new router!).
Once I got past that, I was frustrated with doing some initial configuration just enough to connect to the Internet, download a firmware update file, flash the router, then start all over from scratch again. I *hate* when brand-new devices come with outdated firmware!
The user interface is ugly and very unintuitive. Do you know where you'd look if you have a choice between "Tools" and "Advanced" tabs? If you spend a lot of time -- a LOT of time -- you'll figure it out, I'm sure. But how many people want to spend time learning the management tool for their router? The interface has lots of wasted space (a 1" banner at the top of the browser window that just says "D-Link", and when you scroll down on the page, the tabbed headings disappear because the interface doesn't use panes. The way you plug-in port forwarding settings has to be one of the ugliest implementations ever -- how can you make something so easy so ugly and hard-to-read?
As a SecureSpot user, you would think that you could just assign this new router to your SecureSpot account. You can't. Stupidly, every SecureSpot device (the DSD-150 or a router) is associated with one-and-only-one SecureSpot account. Upgrade your hardware, and you have to create a new account all over again. Is that STUPID or what??? And then, you have to uninstall the thin client from every PC you've got, only to reinstall it again using the new account you've created.
Perhaps the worst part now for me is that this stupid router is rebooting itself periodically. Why? I have no idea. So now I've got to do web searches to figure out why, because heaven help me if I have to spend hours on the phone with a D-Link tech who will ask that I tear into my network. (I might add that my old router, the steller Microsoft MN-700, *never* rebooted itself like this D-Link is currently doing).
Because of the confusing, ridiculously long installation process (especially for SecureSpot users) and because of the unwanted, unexpected rebooting that this router is doing, I think this device gets a well-deserved one-star review.
---- September 20, 2009 UPDATE
I called D-Link just to see if their support could help me. After asking me the same questions two and three times (which model of router? which version of the firmware is installed?) the technician concluded this is a bad router, and suggested returning/exchanging it. Amazon's customer service is EXCELLENT, so I'm getting a replacement router delivered early this week. (Why didn't I just return it? I'm just curious to know whether the problem is really a one-off, hardware manufacturing problem, or something else).
DO NOT UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE!!! I think I may have caused my problems by upgrading to the latest version of the firmware, which is v1.32NA. If you go to D-Link's forum for the DIR-655, you'll see a LOT of very angry D-Link customers who upgraded their flash to the latest version, only to have irresolvable problems afterwards. The upgrade to v1.32NA cannot be downgraded, which is why people are so hopping mad.
The shipped version of the DIR-655 I received had the A4 hardware version and v1.21 of the firmware. There are *two* flavors of the v1.21 firmware, one that has SecureSpot, and one that doesn't (stupid!!). I'm hoping the version that comes out-of-box has SecureSpot already installed. Although not perfect, it seems a lot people have had satisfactory service with the v1.21 firmware. So if you get this router, don't upgrade the firmware!! Let D-Link come out with a rock-solid version that won't cause you trouble.
Once I get the replacement router and install it, I'll see how it goes, and post back here.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 UPDATE
Replacement DIR-655 arrived today. It has v1.21 of the firmware, but there are 2 versions of v1.21 (which, I know, doesn't make sense), and the out-of-box version is the firmware WITHOUT SecureSpot. So, you have to upgrade the firmware to the v1.21 WITH SecureSpot -- an added inconvenience and just another chance for something to go wrong.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 UPDATE
Same problem, even with the replacement. The router just reboots itself, and tonight, after 17 hours of uptime, it began fitfully rebooting over and over in rapid succession. Who needs to deal with that junk? This replacement gets returned to Amazon. I've reinstalled my old Microsoft MN-700 g-network router. Sheesh!
D-Link blocked further discussion of this issue on their support forums and have not fixed the issue, so far as I am aware. See their final word on page 8 of the following thread, I am particularly unimpressed by their authoritarian attitude. They won't get another penny from me.
First, before you do anything else, you have to get the software update. Old versions gave horrible performance, wired and wireless. Later versions improved out of all proportion. I work for a commercial wireless equipment provider and I can't believe that they could have shipped the original version. But I would say that, wouldn't I? But we don't compete, I don't do domestic wireless.
I am on v1.32 now and it doesn't crash. Previous versions, when WinAmp did a CDDB lookup the 655 would reboot. No more ripping CDs for me.
The user interface is not bad, a bit confused but very well featured. I can block our 16 year old from doing all those things that would turn her mother gray, if she knew, with a fair degree of ease. The do have a few bugs, you need to define a schedule then a use for it before you reboot and put it in to operation. If you don't reboot it flushes the unused schedules and you need to start over. I don't see anything bad on the inside of the firewall, so I guess that is working. I set it up to forward port 80 to a local server and that worked fine too. So far so good.
Then came the reliability issues. Well first was the crashing on CDDB access, which meant we lost Internet connection every time I played a CD, but a software update fixed that. No easy way to report bugs either.
Anyway, reliability. After a while we noticed that the wireless would randomly drop after a few minutes. I cured this by adding a commercial wireless device to one of the wired ports. This restored reliable wireless Internet for a month or so, but then the wired side started dropping out. Now we have continuous dropouts. We know it's the 655 because when it drops the net you also can't get to the management interface, the web based management interface, that it serves on the local net. When it comes back up the Internet also returns.
I got it in December, I guess I'll try to return it to offset the cost of trying something else, or maybe they can repair it, who knows?
I have had this router long enough to find that it an intermittent problem with streaming 480p video to my living room. I have had to seek an alternative. Would not buy again.
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