The term "cloud-based" means that the router can be access and managed via the Internet. Note that most, if not all routers, can be programmed to be accessible from the Internet, but the process is generally cumbersome for novice users. It's now much easier with the DIR-605L. For example, from any computer connected to the Internet, you can to go mydlink.com and login to go view the status and change the settings of the DIR-605L. Furthermore, there is also myDlink mobile app for iOS and Android devices that allows for doing similar things.
I tried this out with my iPhone 4 and via myDlink lite app, and I was able to do many things, such as such as changing the network's name, rebooting the router, viewing sites that connected, clients' visits, and so on. I could even quickly block or unblock connected clients.
The app doesn't allow for accessing all of the rotuer's settings and features, however. For example, if you want to use the DIR-605L's parental control feature, you'll need to use its Web interface. Other common settings such as port forwarding, MAC filtering, and so on will also require the Web interface.
In all I found that the DIR-605L's cloud-based feature, while convenient and easy to use, doesn't provide enough depth and for now can't replace the router's Web interface that, by default, can only be accessed from within the local network. Nonetheless, this is an exciting and very promising step to a new approach that will potentially change the way we look at wireless routers.
The DIR-605L's performance met my expectations. Considering its price, it wasn't expecting too much and the router offered data rate about the average among its peers. In close range test, at 15 feet, it scored 41Mbps, at this speed, it'd take about 100 seconds to finish transmitting 500MB of data. When I increased the distance to 100 feet, the router now averaged around 37Mbps.
Despite its huge antennae, the DIR-605L's range wasn't as impressive as other recent routers from D-Link. In my trials, it capped at around 200 feet, which is quite good for a router of its size. Even better is the router's signal stability; it passed my 48-hour stress test without disconnecting once.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Service and support
D-Link backs the D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router with a one-year warranty, which is short but standard for most home routers. At the company's Web site, you will find a wealth of support information including downloads, FAQs, and a searchable knowledge base. You can also seek help through the company's toll-free technical support phone line, which is available 24-7.
Affordable, reliable and simple, the D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router makes a very good router for a simple home network. Its cloud-based feature will also be the icing on the cake, a pleasant surprise for those who want to effectively monitor and manage their home network when on the go.