Pros ease of setup
Cons DISRUPTIVE SERVICE, INCOMPETENT TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Summary This router CANNOT maintain its connection--consistently kicks you off and provides intermittent, SLOW connections. AWFUL.
Pros Price, Wireless N and USB connection to a shared printer
Cons installation is tedious with mutiple tech support calls, firmware update, printer sharing software download and permanent three steps to print a document. I should have stayed with the SMC Barricade.
Summary this replaced an SMC Barricade router that was occasionally dropping the internet. The SMC product offered a simple one-step installation, had a USB connection to a printer and was transparent in use, you click on print and the printer works.
Pros Good price and easy setup.
Cons Continuously disconnects and must be rebooted/restarted - sometimes it requires unplugging from power in order to regain connection to modem. Mostly slow wireless connection with intermittent fast speed. Signal won't reach other side of 2600sqft home
Summary Spend a little extra for a better router.
Pros Very attractive price ($30 off).
Excellent signal strength.
Solid Tech. Support help for the setup (on a Saturday!)
See my Summary comments for more info.
Cons I'm not giving the DIR-628 five stars because of the AOL toolbar issue (see the March 8, 2010 comment by review123 for details).
Summary I'm pleased w/ this D-Link DIR-628 dual-band wireless router. In terms of signal strength, I'm getting 5/5 bars on my 3-year-old Compaq laptop. My office is one storey below and at the other end of the house (a large home) from the router, which sits in the upstairs office.
Before I opened the box, I checked a couple of websites for comments, incl. this one, and noted here that someone wrote a comment entitled "With the router you will get uninstallable AOL toolbar". I called D-Link Tech. Support and the guy (w/ a heavy East Indian accent; the Support Center was surely overseas) was patient and helpful. Within 10 minutes, I had my old wireless G router removed and the DIR-628 set up and two computers (wired desktop, wireless laptop) accessing the Internet, no problem.
Will I still think the DIR-628 is a 4-star unit after the warranty expires in a year? Hopefully.
Pros Good speed ratings, easy setup with Vista using the D-Link CD. Security is good and never locks up or drop any of the wireless devices.
Cons USB port works great when it works, but has to be rebooted at least once in the typical 24hr period to restore the connection between the router and the USB devices. D-Link customer support is clueless.
Dual band capability is not simultaneous. One band
Summary OK for basic router functions, but not what I primarily bought it for.....the USB printer function and dual band capabilites.
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