Pros - Range
- Setup/configuration options
- Easy of use
Cons - Setup may go well, or may go wrong
- Might need to update drivers for wireless cards
Summary This is a great router, I gave it five stars based on a purchase of $89.99.
The setup process that DLink gives you can be tedious and annoying. It takes a while and if it doesn't work perfectly the first time through may require a little bit of trouble shooting. If you know your way around a home router, then I might suggest you just go into the router settings page from the beginning (192.168.0.1 in your browser) and configure it from there.
I set it up with WPA and WPA2 mode which allows for legacy connections to be made even though most devices can handle WPA2.
One problem I did run into was a friend's older laptop could connect to the router, but wasn't able to access the Internet, after some normal Windows troubleshooting I found an updated driver for his wireless card and that fixed the problem. Other than that, the router is working perfectly. The SmartBeam technology seemed like it could be some sort of marketing ploy but it actually works. A device of mine on a floor below started out with three bars of connection and within a few minutes made it's way to 5 bars, then using SpeedTest I was able to reach my maximum download speed.
The other thing that is great was the USB port. I hooked up an external hard drive and then download the DLink SharePoint Utility and there was my hard drive, I mapped it to a letter and now everyone connected can access the files. The speed of reading and writing wasn't too fast, but that has nothing to do with the router just the speed of the drive.
This router is giving me everything I need for a decent price. I definitely recommend this device and hope you have as great of a success as me.
Pros Strange and cool rocket look design,not like other traditional flat router.
Pretty stable NG Mixed wireless connection so far, and the Signal Quality does increase as advertised.
User-friendly and self explained interface useful features, Qos, IPv6.
Cons Hard to do cable management as the LAN ports are vertical behind.
Easy to get finger print on the router.
The shine-less plastic and light weighted feels 'eco' and cheap.
Not 5Ghz support ( I don't care that, but someone may.)
Hope can flash DD-WRT.
Summary I brought after suffering Buffalo's WHR-HP-G300N wireless dropping issue on DD-WRT. I have to stay with DD-WRT for my VOIP, the router is pretty good with stock user friendly firmware.
After comparing ASUS RT-56U; Netgear WDR3800 ( thanks for all reviews, Dong Ngo), decide to get the D-link DIR-645. I have a G wireless router by D-link 4 years ago, after falling flash DD-WRT, I put it in my "collections". Give D-link a second chance, so far so good, still in 30 days' returnable period from BEST BUY.