We are taking a look at D-Links latest Draft-N router, the DIR-655, which is upgradeable to the latest 2.0 standard. We are also throwing their DWA-652 Draft-N notebook card in for testing as well.
While nothing extravagant, the DIR-655 ships with all the needed accessories to get you going.
Moving onto the DIR-655 itself, the glossy white finish give the router a classy look and the triple antennas on the back should provide a strong enough signal for almost anyone. With a single logo on the top, the DIR-655 has a clean look that should fit in almost anywhere.
Along the front, there are a number of lights to signify power, activity status, internet status, WLAN, WCN (USB wireless network setup) and 4 wired port LEDs.
Looking around at the back, there is a large yellow sticker covering up the ports and stating that before you connect anything to the router, the setup disk should be ran first.
When removed, we see the four gigabit Ethernet ports positioned between two of the three antennas.
Moving over, we get to the internet port. This is where the cable from the modem is going to go into. Beside it is a USB port. This can either be used as a print server port as well as a place to use your wireless network setup thumb drive. To the right of the USB port, there is a reset button and the power jack.
On the bottom of the router, there are four rubber feet and a pair of holes that will allow the DIR-655 to be mounted onto a wall with the provided screws and drywall sinks.
As stated earlier, if space is limited on your desktop, or you just prefer the vertical look, the DIR-655 can be stood up on its side and with the aid of a stand, the router can be used in a vertical position.
D-Link also send our way their latest Draft-N wireless card. The D-Link DWA-652 is a wireless Draft-N notebook adapter that simply plugs into a vacant PCMCIA slot on your notebook. This device, as well as the DIR-655 router, is compatible with existing 802.11g and 802.11b networks.
Finally, let’s jump into installation and testing.