"A powerful router for the above average user."5.0 starson by optofonik
Pros: Stable, full featured configuration utility software, Shareport, strong signal, customer support.
Cons: I'd say a third antennae would be nice but I'm not sure how much difference it would make for most people.
Summary: This is the real deal. The DIR-825 is the most versatile router I have ever encountered as a consumer. If you know what you?re doing or want to learn more than how to surf the net then you will appreciate the power this unit packs.Why the question marks where I had an apostrophe???
The router gets the basics done just fine; the reach is more than adequate so set it up in a central location (don?t be afraid to go buy some CAT5 and install a run to such a location) and unless you live in a McMansion you?ll get a signal. If for some reason you can't get a signal in the guest house buy a high gain antenna. Also, at least one of your computers should be hardwired into the network (again don?t be afraid of CAT5). It?s a wireless router and it works as such. Nuff said about the basics so I?ll skip the obvious because it?s all about the software.
The configuration software provided is so full featured it will appear a bit daunting to some users who only want to surf the net so they should look elsewhere but for others who want to exploit what a consumer router is capable of this is an amazing peice of gear. The software is full featured but straightforward and easy to navigate; port forwarding is a breeze, static IP assignments are a cakewalk, firewall exceptions are easily configured, Shareport?s pseudo NAS is all many people will need and using Shareport with Tonido (http://www.tonido.com) is a perfect combination. Backing up your configuration is a button push and updating firmware is equally easy so there is no excuse for not keeping it updated (you?ll need the aforementioned hardwire connection to update your firmware).
This is not a router for lazy people who are looking to avoid the fact that they are actually using a computer so some users may want to look elsewhere. This is a tool that, with a small time commitment, will allow the above average computer user to look and feel like an IT pro. Sooner or later, however, you may have need of a real IT pro's knowledge and customer service is responsive to those needs. I only had to call them once when I hit a roadblock and they were great (after a brief conversation I realized that had I given the problem a bit more thought I could have avoided the call altogether). Buy this router.
Updated on Jul 23, 2010