D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router
Manufacturer: D-Link Part number: DIR-655
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CNET editors' review
price range: $103.60 - $119.99
- Reviewed by: Dong Ngo
- Reviewed on: 09/27/2010
- Released on: 11/10/2006
The good: The D-Link DIR-655 offers decent throughput performance and stable wireless signal. The router has an intuitive and responsive Web interface, support for Gigabit Ethernet and guest networking, and an extensive set of networking features.
The bad: The DIR-655 doesn't have dual-band support. Its SharePort USB port can work with only one computer at a time.
The bottom line: With the latest firmware update, the D-Link DIR-655 is arguably one of the best among single-band Wireless-N routers on the market.
Pretty good router
by vikramk18 on April 3, 2007
Pros: Gigabit and 802.11n, improved range, QOS
Cons: The included cable is cat5
Summary: I've had this for a week now. So far so good. I've got it setup with wpa2 security. It took about 10 mins to unwrap, install and be ...
Summary: I've had this for a week now. So far so good. I've got it setup with wpa2 security. It took about 10 mins to unwrap, install and be connected to the net. The router comes with a 110-240 volt travel adapter, a cat5 cable (probably for the WAN connect), a stand to position it on a side. I bought a cat6 cable from Radio Shack to test out the gigabit speeds. I have a macbook which I upgraded to wireless-n from Apple's website. Also have a Buffalo Linkstation pro with gigabit port. So, I hooked up the linkstation to one of the 4 gigabit ports on the d-link using the cat6 cable. Then also hoooked up the router to my comcast modem using cat5. Next, the test of speed. Using a powerbook G4 with wireless 802.11g, I copied over a 3 GB file to the linkstation. This took over an hour to do. Next, I copied over the same file from the macbook with wireless-n to the linkstation. That took about 15 minutes. The macbook showed that the copy speed was about 3-4 Mbps over wireless-n. Other factors like distance from router were about the same. In another test was I could watch DVDs that I have backed up (not compressed) on my macbook via wireless-n from another room (about 20 ft line of sight) with no freezing up. The same exercise on the powerbook with wireless-g had different results. the picture continuously froze. However with compressed video, the results over both g and n were similar - no freezing. One more test to do, While copying a 9.6 GB file from the macbook to the linkstation via wireless-n, I used the powerbook and a thinkpad to access the net both over their wireless-g connections and there was no visible difference in net speeds. When I accessed the net from the macbook while it was copying over the large file data feeds from the net were slower as expected. In other words, the wireless-N capabilities do allow for more bandwidth. I've left the QOS Engine on as default which means it does prioritize voiceover other network traffic. Another thing that I was happy to find so far was that given both Apple and D-link have implement Draft 802.11n standards, the two work together pretty well with no issues so far. So far, a powerbook G4, macbook & a Lenovo Thinkpad have all worked with no issues with the D-Link router. I personally believe I am closer to actually being able to move multimedia around the house. Next step is to get a mac-mini with gigabit port and hook it up to the home theater
38 out of 60 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Router !!
by kainobi on November 25, 2006
Pros: Speed is fantastic, Set up is very easy. Gigabit ports A++
Cons: Coverage didn't improve much
Summary: I bought this router a week ago and it took me 5mn to set it up. Very nice...You need to upgrade the firmware to 1.01 THEN to 1....
Summary: I bought this router a week ago and it took me 5mn to set it up. Very nice...You need to upgrade the firmware to 1.01 THEN to 1.02. It can't get directly to 1.02. I used to have Belkin, Netgear and recently Dlink 624. This is a major change, the connection is way more stable and I didn't have any drop whatsoever. The speed is fantastic. I'm not that impressed with the coverage though, it is just slightly better than what I used to have with my DI 624, maybe I have too many walls in-between... I live in a 3,500 square feet house and I don't know if DLink considers that a large house or not. I didn't try the WPA security feature yet but the WEP works fine for me. The QOS for my VOIP made my phone conversation more clear. I must add I use my existing b and g adapter in mixed mode and it's already very good. I can't wait to upgrade to a n adapter for my laptop. I'll share my feedback then.
13 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
3 times unlucky
by sysguy on March 19, 2007
Pros: Feature Set
Cons: Woudn't work
Summary: I tried 3 of these routers. I could not set up any of them. 2 would conitinual reset and drop the LAN connection and the other once fnally set up ...
Summary: I tried 3 of these routers. I could not set up any of them. 2 would conitinual reset and drop the LAN connection and the other once fnally set up would reboot everytime I connected my Netgear WGT 511 V1 G card. Hardware Version A1 with latet 1.02 firmware out of the box. DlLink Support was n help after 3.5 hours. I have set up 50 to 75 routersfor clients in the past and never had problems like I did with this one. I tried several laptops to configure it. Continually resets and drops connections.
20 out of 36 users found this user opinion helpful.
Even Customer Service couldn't make it work
by jmeye22 on February 17, 2007
Pros: Never had a chance to find out!
Cons: Didn't work with my computer, unhelpful customer service
Summary: Bought this router to speed up my system, based on all the positive reviews. But it didn't work with my system, and when I contacted DLink Customer Service, their ...
Summary: Bought this router to speed up my system, based on all the positive reviews. But it didn't work with my system, and when I contacted DLink Customer Service, their advice after an hour on the phone, was that maybe I needed to try a different model. They basically admitted that this model would not work with my laptop (a 1 1/2 year old Dell Inspiron 6000 running on Windows XP). Needless to say, I'm planning to return and purchase a different brand.
12 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
I Like This Box
by eschwei on October 18, 2007
Pros: Fast, Configurable, "Future Proofed"
Cons: May Be Too Complex for First Time Users
Summary: First off, I like this box. I've owned this router for a while now and find it to be the fastest most configurable "home" router I've had to ...
Summary: First off, I like this box. I've owned this router for a while now and find it to be the fastest most configurable "home" router I've had to date.
However, like others, I found the “simple auto installer” to not work correctly during my particular install and the only option was a statement to contact tech support, or something like that. Better for them to have an option, once a roadblock is hit, to exit and go to a manual configuration (I built a dummy “Internet” connection for the box and got past the roadblock that way)
Also, why they chose to default with 192.168.0.1 is a bit of a mystery to me. Yes, you can make arguments on both sides but, 192.168.1.1 is a bit of a de-facto standard out there. It's a silly thing but, when you are typing HTTP://192.168.1.1 and getting 404 errors you just shake your head in wonderment after seeing this default address.
The default DHCP range is also a bit large (99 station IP’s) in the 192.168.0.2 – 192.168.0.100 range.
The features and options cover just about every “home network” technology out there. Including Quality of Service (QoS), Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI/Firewall), B,G,N Protocols, and a full suite of security options.
There are so many that, and this may be the industries fault and not D-Links, auto configuration options may try to be too many things to the end station devices. Does this cause connectivity problems for users. I don’t know but, if you are only using G protocol in your network, keep things simple and select the G only option. I wonder, if you have auto/all selected, the router may attempt to “uplift” to the highest available protocol causing sessions to be re-initialized. I’ve not done testing of this, it’s strictly thinking out loud.
Additionally, Security features are rich and this is always an area that creates complexity. Are the end stations set up with WPA, WPA-2, etc..?
Why WEP is still an option is beyond me. It can easily be argued that WEP is not secure and can be broken rather easily. On a router with this level of technology, it should have been dropped.
Bottom line, unless you are willing to understand the functioning and technologies in an advanced home network, you may want to go with a less complex device. If you want to take control of just about every aspect running your home network, and get some really nice speed, this box does just that.
8 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Router I've owned and/or setup
by Wannabe Actuary on February 28, 2007
Pros: draft n standard, WPA and WPA2 capable, backwards compatible with b and g standard (WEP must be used if using b and/or g), gigabit for wired connections, excellent speed test results
Cons: not exactly cheap, but worth it in the end. USB port in the back is for settings only, wish it was capable of connecting an external hard drive
Summary: My old D-Link router was going on 4 years old and was just 802.11b standard. It was starting to act up so after some comparison, I picked this router ...
Summary: My old D-Link router was going on 4 years old and was just 802.11b standard. It was starting to act up so after some comparison, I picked this router up on sale.
Initially, I connected it in about 5-10 minutes with my existing network cables and wireless cards. Setup was quick and easy. As my old laptop was using a wireless b card and my fiancée's laptop has internal wireless (g standard), I had to set up the router in legacy mode (so that both laptops could connect with their existing methods), this also means the draft n standard was not being used. Legacy mode also does not allow WPA or WPA2 encryption, which forces you to use the less than secure WEP.
Within a week of getting this router, I upgraded my cat 5 and cat 5e cables to cat 6 and bought two Xtreme N PCMCIA wireless cards (DWA-652) made by D-Link. I jumped back in to the setup, changed it off of legacy mode, set the excryption to WPA2 (47 characters) and hide the SSID broadcast (after setting up the two laptops). I also made static IP addresses for my Vonage adapter and Xbox 360. This took about 5 minutes to adjust.
Speed tests to my 6 year old laptop are showing excellent results, as are the desktop and one year old laptop.
Overall, this product is great and I would highly recommend it with the caveat that to get the most out of it, you need to pair it with DWA-652 card(s) and use cat 6 cables (which can be found cheap online).
7 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
not worth it
by blackcatscooter on January 3, 2008
Pros: appears to be a decent router
Cons: tech support is horrible
Summary: The router came up just fine and connected to the internet. The problem started when I tried to get the router to talk to my networked Brother printer. The router ...
Summary: The router came up just fine and connected to the internet. The problem started when I tried to get the router to talk to my networked Brother printer. The router will not recognize the printer. The printer works fine with my LinkSys Router. When I called tech support, I get people that I cannot understand (English is obviously their second language) and that have no solution other than reading off of their sheets. They also say they only support you getting internet access, and direct you to their paid support if you have any other issue with the router. They don't tell you it's paid support, they just give you the number. I will never buy anything else from D-Link simply based on how awful their tech support is. The router is going back to the store today!!
6 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
by NCTARHEELS on July 13, 2008
Pros: Good Range, High Speed, Gigabit, Compact
Cons: USB Port can't be used to network a USB Hard Drive, Signal deteriorates with wall and floor interference
Summary: I picked up this router a few months ago from amazon, and I feel that I can finally write a review about the thing, as I've been using it ...
Summary: I picked up this router a few months ago from amazon, and I feel that I can finally write a review about the thing, as I've been using it for quite a while.
This router replaced my awful Belkin N-1 Router, which I've been troubled with for over six months. Unlike Belkin's N-Wireless offering, this router SCREAMS. Throughput is amazing (about 80MBPS with a "Very Good", or 4/5 bar connection). That translates to a download rate of about 2.5 megs per second in mixed g/n mode (using an N-Wireless laptop). Webpages load quickly, as well. My deteriorating Dell desktop's internet speed was given new life via a Gigabit Ethernet connection. This router also handles my Xbox 360 (Ethernet) very well, as I've experienced little to no lag when playing online.
I guess this applies with all routers, but it's worth mentioning that when the router's signal goes through walls and floors, the range suffers a bit. The other side of the house on the floor below has a "Poor", or a 1/5 bar connection. It's worth noting, however, that when I'm working outside (with the router's signal going through only one wall), I get a "Good", or 3/5 bar connection at approximately 75 feet away!
The only annoyance I found with this router is that the included USB Port can't be used to network a USB Hard Drive. I contacted D-Link and the representative explained the purpose, but it really didn't make much sense to me (and I'm pretty tech savvy).
Despite it's one flaw, the D-Link DIR-655 is one of the best (if not the best) consumer wireless router available. It's(generally) great range, fast download speeds, and Gigabit Ethernet support make the router fantastic. 9/10!
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Router, Blazing Speed
by gas4man on January 5, 2007
Pros: Good Build Quality, Excellent Features, Backward Compatibile
Cons: Somewhat difficult to set up, especially encryption. Documentation on Disc.
Summary: This was my first wireless router for a home network. I had 2 computers with 802.11g cards. The other 2 I placed the extreme N cards. It worked well ...
Summary: This was my first wireless router for a home network. I had 2 computers with 802.11g cards. The other 2 I placed the extreme N cards. It worked well from the start. The difficulty with the encryption arose when I had to update the firmware after I had all the computers installed and functioning on the network. The latest release of firmware erased all the information and I had to start all over with the installation. Probably partly my fault. Now that it's up and running no problems. All 4 computers in use and on the internet and no noticable difference than when one computer "surfing".
5 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good router if you're not too stupid to get it to work
by mindpower on February 19, 2009
Pros: Fast network, lots of features, good http interface, frequently updated firmware
Cons: None so far
Summary: I'm amazed at some of the dumb reviews on here. "Doesn't work with Apple"? C'mon, ethernet and 802.11 standards are no different for Macs than they ...
Summary: I'm amazed at some of the dumb reviews on here. "Doesn't work with Apple"? C'mon, ethernet and 802.11 standards are no different for Macs than they are for PC's. "Only 2500kbps speed, worse than a 14,400 modem". Are you totally clueless? The K in kbps makes that speed 2500,000bps, nearly 200x faster than a 14.4 modem. "USB port didn't work with my hard drive". Duh! The USB port is for configuring the router from a USB flash drive. It's not a file sharing device! "Some video downloads take forever to buffer". Well then try setting up QoS, or pick better streaming hosts.
This router is very configurable. Clearly it's too advanced for the average home user as it seems many people are confused by the multitude of options.
5 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: D-Link
- Part number: DIR-655
- Description: The D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router is a draft 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 and 802.11b 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. 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 lag-free network gaming and faster file transfers. With D-Link's Intelligent QoS Technology, wired and wireless traffic are analyzed and separated into multiple data streams. The DIR-655's embedded WISH Stream Engine improves wireless media by moving time-sensitive tagged traffic to the front of the WMM queue and optimizing RF settings for optimal wireless throughput. WISH (Wireless Intelligent Stream Handling) automatically detects multimedia, VoIP and Online Gaming applications, requiring no user configuration. It works transparently with other QoS technologies to immediately improve wireless media speed. The Xtreme N Gigabit Router supports the latest wireless security features to help prevent unauthorized access, be it from over a wireless network or the Internet. Support for WEP, 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 Gigabit Router utilizes Dual Active Firewalls (SPI and NAT) to prevent potential attacks from across the Internet. Using the SharePort Network USB Utility, you can connect an external hard drive or multifunction printer to the router's USB port to share disk space, printing or scanning functions among family members or a group of users. This USB port also supports D-link 3G adapter connection, so you can connect your router to a 3G mobile service to provide Internet access to a group while traveling.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
- Enclosure Type Desktop
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0),
- Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
- Network / Transport Protocol ICMP/IP ,
- Remote Management Protocol HTTP
- Encryption Algorithm WPA2,
- Features Dynamic IP address assignment ,
Wall mountable ,
Firewall protection ,
E-mail alert ,
Auto-sensing per device ,
VPN passthrough ,
Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X) ,
Firmware upgradable ,
Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support ,
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) ,
Dynamic DNS server ,
DHCP support ,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g , FCC Class B certified,
IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0),
- Status Indicators Status,
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45,
USB : 1 x 4 pin USB Type A,
WAN : 1 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
- Networking type Wireless router
- Networking standards [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] IEEE 802.11g ,
IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0) ,
IEEE 802.11b ,
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ,
IEEE 802.3u ,
- Antenna External detachable
- Antenna Qty 3
- Directivity Omni-directional
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Cables (Details) 1 x Network cable
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 7.6 in
- Depth 4.6 in
- Height 1.2 in
- Weight 11.2 oz
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
- CNET Labs long-range tests (in Mbps) 33.33
- CNET Labs maximum throughput tests (at 10 feet, in Mbps) 112.56
- CNET Labs maximum throughput tests with mixed 802.11b/g and draft N, MIMO clients (at 10 feet, in Mbps) 77.42