Factor in a low price tag plus comprehensive routing and firewall features, and it's no wonder the elite screens manual series manual DIR-655 is one of our top picks. The D-Link's throughput was very good overall, though certainly better at short range.
For this and all the routers I tested, the. Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE), Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP ), Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP), and BigPond connection types, as well as the dynamic and static addressing, should work with the services of most major ISPs.
Compatibility with draft 802.11n devices from other manufacturers is not guaranteed. All references to speed are for comparison purposes only.
Simplified Wireless Security The router supports the Wi-Fi Alliances standard for wireless security at the touch of a button. With Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS the wireless network name (SSID ) and encryption keys are automatically generated and broadcast to the client devices.
It is also faster than 100Mbps wired Ethernet1. By connecting the DIR-655 router to a cable or DSL modem, users will be able to share their high-speed Internet access with everyone on the network.
You set up the DIR-655 through its Web utility; thanks to the utility's straightforward wizards, I had no problem getting connected. The single USB port on the rear supports flash or hard drives and printers (including multifunction devices).
Nobody should consider the insecure and slow WEP unless it's absolutely needed for backward compatibility with an older wireless adapter. For additional security, turn on. MAC address filtering, which allows only known systems to connect.
Among the four routers I evaluated, however, the DIR-655 is the only one that has Gigabit LAN ports, which means it had better performance than the other three units (and costs a bit more).
The router also lets you put some limits on internal users by blocking specific services and Web sites, but I'm not sure how much this will benefit parents or companies, and the D-Link interface makes the process a little complex.