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Not long ago I reviewed a Linksys WRT300N router that was one of the first to support the draft IEEE 802.11n standard. More devices feature this wireless standard now and I am going to tell you about one of them in this review.

The D-Link DIR-655 router comes from the top-end Xtreme N family that features increased performance. As a matter of fact, the DIR-655 is the senior model in this family and quite deservedly so. Besides supporting a high-speed WLAN, the DIR-655 is equipped with a USB port, wired Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and advanced QoS setup options.

The manufacturer claims this product to be the best in its class. I will check out this claim right now.

Specifications and Accessories Bundle

I got a model with a hardware version of A2. Here are its specs:

Parameter

Characteristics

Wireless standard

- IEEE 802.11b/g
- IEEE 802.11n (draft)

Encoding standard

- WEP (64/128bit)
- WPA (TKIP, AES)
- WPA2 (TKIP, AES)

Antenna

- 3 external dipole antennas

Signal modulation

- OFDM
- CCK
- DQPSK
- DBPSK

Operating frequency

- 2.4 - 2.5 GHz

Nominal data transfer rate

- 802.11n (draft): up to 300Mbps
- 802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
- 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps

Operating channels

11 for North America, 14 Japan,
13 Europe (ETSI), 3 (non-overlapping)

WAN

1 RJ-45 GigabitEthernet 10/100/1000Mb/s port
with auto crossover

LAN

4 RJ-45 GigabitEthernet 10/100/1000Mb/s ports
with auto crossover

Other interfaces

1 USB2.0 port (“Windows Connect Now”)

Power

External power supply unit

Dimensions

117 x193 x 30.5 mm

Additional features

- Supports D-Link NetworkMagic
-WiFi certified
- Intelligent QoS Engine

The box contains:

  • DIR-655 router
  • Stand for vertical placement
  • Fasteners for wall-mounting the router
  • Rubber pads for the stand
  • Category 5 Ethernet cable
  • CD with documentation
  • External power adapter (12V, 2A)
 
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