This review has been a long time coming, but I thought I’d go ahead and put it out there… Better late than never, right? The short version is that we’ve had the D-Link DIR-655 wireless router for a bit over a year, and we love it.
Wireless signal strength
Signal strength is a funny thing. Routers that work great in some homes or offices provide crappy coverage in others. Thus, any one user’s experience is best viewed as anecdotal. That being said…
This DIR-655 wireless router provides decent coverage of our house. We live in a 3300 square foot ranch style house with a bonus room above the garage and a bedroom behind that.
Our networking equipment is located in that upstairs back bedroom, but I can get a signal throughout the entire house, as well as into our front and back yards.
Data connection speed and reliability
The connection speed on the DIR-655 is good. I’ve tested both wired and wireless connections, and they’re virtually indistinguishable. This isn’t particularly surprising given that it supports 802.11n connections, though it’s speedy on 802.11b and 802.11g connections, as well.
We have AT&T FastAccess DSL Extreme 6.0, which promises up to 6 Mbps download speeds with up to 512 kbps upload speeds. While we don’t always get the speed that AT&T promises, it’s never been the fault of the router, as our speeds are identical whether wired or wireless.
Update: After about two years, we started having intermittent connection problems. This appears to have been due to both the DSL modem and the router. Mostly the modem, but also the router.
In other words, we’ve used this router with just about anything you can think of, and it’s been solid. Yes, we had some connection problems with our Xbox 360, but that was the fault of our DSL modem, not the router.
Ease of use
Setting up this router was a snap, and the configuration (accessible through by pointing your browser to
http://192.168.0.1/) is straightforward. The DIR-655 also supports WiFi Protected Setup, which means that it will essentially auto-configure the connection with compatible devices like our printer.
When we bought it, the DIR-655 was going for just under $100. At the time, I considered it a great deal relative to other routers because it works quite well.
Well, guess what? The price is down roughly 30% to right around $70 at Amazon. In other words, it’s an even better deal than it used to be.