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 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).
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 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!!
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 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!
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 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".
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 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.