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Conclusion

The DIR-655 router didn’t prove completely up to my expectations. For a top-end model, it lacks functionality. For devices of this class it is not enough to boast high potential due high-quality onboard controllers: this potential needs to be properly implemented/ In case of D-Link DIR-655 it hasn’t been done fully even on the hardware level.

On the other hand, the router doesn’t look poor against competing products. The very availability of full-featured support of the draft 802.11n standard pushes this device up into the top-end category whereas the Gigabit Ethernet ports complement this positioning. I can’t judge the speed characteristics of the DIR-655 as yet since it is the first Gigabit Ethernet router to visit our test labs, but one thing is certain. The wireless connection of the DIR-655 is comparable in speed to modern wired network, and this is the key point of the 802.11n standard.

An indisputable advantage of the DIR-655 is that it has a Wi-Fi Alliance certification, which means it is an almost 100% compliant IEEE802.11n device.

Although I think the price of $145 is somewhat too high for this model, yet the DIR-655 is a good buy. I would recommend it for a small office due to its network security options, QoS, and remote administration tools. And the exterior design of this device would look better in the office than in the home environment.

Highs:

  • Good speed
  • Stylish exterior design
  • Excellent help system
  • Good implementation of VPN connections
  • Good support for QoS
  • Wi-Fi Alliance certification
  • Wide administration opportunities

Lows:

  • Low functionality of the USB port
  • Impractical surface material
  • Poor thermal contact of the heatsinks with the components they cool
  • Gets very hot at work
  • Imperfect web-interface structure
  • Too bright indicators
 
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