D-Link Xtreme N Storage Router DIR-685
Manufacturer: D-Link Part number: DIR-685
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CNET editors' review
price range: $224.89 - $306.81
- Reviewed by: Dong Ngo
- Reviewed on: 07/17/2009
The good: The D-Link Xtreme N Storage Router DIR-685 offers fast wireless performance, built-in network storage, photo frame, and a comprehensive set of networking features. Its Web interface is responsive and intuitive.
The bad: The D-Link Xtreme N Storage Router DIR-685 is a single-band router that's more expensive than most, if not all, true dual-band routers. Also, its front-panel LCD/photo frame is too small, the network storage performance is slow, and it doesn't include a hard drive.
The bottom line: The D-Link Xtreme N Storage Router DIR-685 is a very good single-band Wireless-N router; however, its extra features hardly justify the price.
SOLID Build! Showstopping looks! Worth every dime!
by Little Poppy on March 20, 2011
Pros: -Easy Set-up
-Very well built
-Great Security Options
-24-7 Bitorrent active
-Useful photo frame for periodic glance apps
-Handy NAS Storage
-Handy USB Shareports serve as a print server and any other USB device server
-Finicky wireless Storage access
-QoS doesn't seem to give that BUMP that I was expecting
-Advertises uo to 1tb storage yet no 1tb drives will fit as of this writing
-Photo Frame a tad to small to serve as a constaintly accessed/viewed HUD
Summary: I have been using this router for almost a year now with no mechanical issues. I do not have the Photo frame activated 24-7 however, it sleeps after 5 minutes ...
Summary: I have been using this router for almost a year now with no mechanical issues. I do not have the Photo frame activated 24-7 however, it sleeps after 5 minutes after it is awakened by PC Bootup. It is Very Solidly build, very dense, brick like feel, not hollow (at least after you install the Hard Drive). It feels as though every cm of internal space is filled with solid components. Just Heavy Solid Black Piano fish goodness.
This is a great looking and performing Router. Aside from your Monitor, it will be the centerpiece of your desktop or shelf or wherever you wire it up. That can either be a benefit or a distraction. But the DIR-685 is such a polarizing router that any Tech heads that come to your abode will either love it or hate it. If they hate it, it is either because they can't afford one, or they are Apple geeks who have one of Apple's Wireless Storage Router offerings.
This thing blows the doors of the Apple Storage 1TB that I had previously by the way, and doesn't get nearly as hot, though it doesn't stream from it's NAS nearly as fast. Much easier to find a space for as well since it has has a vertical stand that fits flush to the bottom and protrudes out the back slightly tilting the 685 just so
685 Performs extremely well grabbing and delivery data to my wired/wireless devices. As I said above, it is much faster than the Apple Wireless N, as well as every Linksys, Belkin, and Netgear I have owned, and I have had various N models from each. It's single band is not an issue and outperforms all of the dual band N routers I have used and like the Apple Storage router, it uses no antennas! Just on N performance and build, the 685 is almost worth the duckets
Storage- As for the primary draw for this Router, it is slow, probably due to the EXT3 format D-Link forces on you, but I guess the upside is no fragmenting, or so that is what I'm told. It is usefull for storing Music Files, backing up your hard drive, and archiving files of all types to retrieve to your local hard drive when needed. Your better off pulling an archived Media file local than trying to stream it straight from the router's NAS. So storagewise, it's hit and miss. And for some inexplicable reason, on my netbooks, I see the NAS Drive sometimes when I logon, other times, the 685 makes me map the drive, yet other times, it won't even let me see the drive to map . . when I just had it mapped and accessed 20 minutes earlier from the same netbook. Probably some security feature I unknowingly enabled which leads me to . .
Security, which is top notch. Every available option can be found, firewall, anti-phishing, etc , albeit casual users may not understand them and end up locking themselves out of their own router requiring reset. It is an intimidating amount of choices, or so it seems from how D-link lays it out there. Anyway, you'll sleep well knowing that the neighbors 14 yr old isn't using your connection to play XBOX live or surf porn on your dime. And if someone does manage it, the Frame has a Status HUD option that tells you all the traffic going in/out as well as how many users are logged on to your network and their mac address. One of the best uses for the next features of the router . .
The Photo frame is too small to use to slideshow family photos unless it is right beside your Screen, but when used as a once-glance for frame-it or RSS or the aformentioned Status/network traffic screen, it provides maybe the first true network/information dashboard independent of your PC that I have seen, and a darn good one!
The Bittorrent thing is kind of spooky, I don't do that kind of thing, hear it is pretty efficient and works 24-7 independant of your PC even when your PC is off, but the thought of traffic coming I/O my router when I'm elsewhere . . .well . . .that's just too much to bear.
I have a PS3 connecting to the 685 which gives erratic performace results. I have tried the QoS, but see very little BUMP, and even what I do see may be attributed to wishful thinks, like imagining a progess bar moved out of the corner of your eye. Not sure if the bottle neck is at the PS3 (G Device) or at the 685 delivering/receiving the data, and also not sure if the 360 has the same erratic results, fast as Cat-5 one moment, slow as Wireless B the next. I will consult with D-Link to optimize this device when it becomes an unbearable issue.
The USB ports are very good for sharing printers or any other USB device. In fact, you could jack in a External USB drive of any size (2 TB maybe) and share storage over the network, albeit it would only be usefull for archiving and storage, streaming would be almost impossible, as least in my experience.
All in all, if it were stolen or severly damaged, on my dime, I might wait for the next Dual band iteration. But if my insurance would give me a check of equal value, I'd buy another.
The Best Home/Office Router I have used, and I have used a lot from every conceivable manufacture, Linksys, Belkin, Netgear. If you got the $ to burn, don't think twice. This is a solidly built router
Only Fair When It Does Work
by SWFLTECH on August 26, 2010
Pros: 500GB maximum storage (optional) the primary reason I purchased this router. Since the internal drive (optional) is a direct link there should be little or no lag when downloading. Not true.
Cons: Significant number of dropped connections. Very poor network speeds when utilizing storage. Not a gaming router by any stretch of the imagination. LCD screen configuration not intuitive.
Summary: An expensive cool looking toy that is nothing more than a promotion for FRAME software. An excellent idea but poorly executed and not at all intuitive. Plan on spending long ...
Summary: An expensive cool looking toy that is nothing more than a promotion for FRAME software. An excellent idea but poorly executed and not at all intuitive. Plan on spending long frustrating hours with configurations only to be dropped from your connection several times per session. I do not recommend this router for the USA. It does seem to have a good following in other countries by personal reviews.
- Manufacturer: D-Link
- Part number: DIR-685
- Description: By combining the superior features of a wireless N router, a built-in Network Attached Storage (NAS), digital photo frame, and D-Link Green power saving features the DIR-685 creates the ultimate user experience while conserving energy. You can experience faster speed and longer range in your home or office network with the 802.11n 2.4GHz wireless technology. Featuring a built-in UPnP AV server, streaming network stored videos through a compatible media player onto your television has never been easier thanks to the DIR-685. The upright design shows off the attractive view of the 1.6-million color 3.2" LCD screen with sleek touch-sensitive buttons that provide a modern feel to allow easy control of device functions and digital display of photographs. Easily access and share your photographs from popular photo sharing sites through FrameChannel.
- 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 L2TP ,
- Remote Management Protocol HTTP
- Encryption Algorithm WPA2,
- Features MIMO technology ,
FTP server ,
LDAP support ,
BitTorrent Client ,
Antivirus analysis ,
Anti-spam protection ,
VPN passthrough ,
Syslog support ,
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) ,
UPnP Media Server ,
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) ,
- Built-in Devices 3.2-inch TFT LCD
- Status Indicators LCD display,
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45,
USB : 2 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 ,
IEEE 802.11b ,
IEEE 802.3u ,
- Antenna Internal integrated
- Included Accessories Vertical stand
- Cables (Details) 1 x Network cable
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.4,
Microsoft Windows XP SP2
- Peripheral / Interface Devices Network adapter,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.4 in
- Depth 5.8 in
- Height 1.2 in
- Weight 8 oz