|D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 30 July 2007|
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Detailed Exterior Features
The standout feature obvious to most (or all) draft N routers is the array of antenna's. Essential for MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output), three short-length hard plastic antenna's adorn the D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router. MIMO uses multiple transmitter and receiver antennas to allow for increased data throughput via spatial multiplexing and increased range by exploiting the spatial diversity.
At the other end of the network, on the wired side of the router, Ethernet connectivity is given the Gigabit treatment. All four of the Ethernet LAN ports and the WAN port all offer 10/100/1000Mbps auto-switching throughput, which makes the D-Link DIR-655 a perfect solution for everyone from smart and serious home users, to corporate environments.
Additionally, there's something the D-Link DIR-655 offers which most every other routers produced before now have not offered: WCN (Windows Connect Now) configuration through USB. Windows Connect Now (WCN) is the name of Windows Rally technologies for quick and simple wireless device configuration. With Windows Connect Now, users running Windows Vista or Windows XP can create network configuration settings and transmit them to the access point. Alternatively, users can also print the configuration settings for reference for manually configuring the device.
Windows Connect Now offers the following methods for configuration:
The underside of the D-Link DIR-655 has four soft rubber feet for resting on a smooth surface, or the router can be wall-mounted using the two molded knock-outs. Additionally, basic layout is rendered in a simple diagram along with serial number and MAC address information.
At the side of the D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router there is a rather peculiar port which appears to be about the size of an USB-B connection similar to the printer-end of a USB cable. There is a clear plasic label which is a little thicker than tape marked "for future use". I'm not sure what D-Link has planned for this port, but there are only a few things capable of fitting into this space.