|D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 30 July 2007|
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D-Link DIR-655 Testing & Results
D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, has the fastest Draft 802.11n technology on the market for its home networking products, according to recently filed industry tests.
These tests were performed by octoScope, a Boston-area consulting firm that conducts competitive product performance testing, and were staged in real-life home and office environments. According to octoScope, the Draft 802.11n equipment from several vendors was enabled with the most current software available from the vendors at the time of the tests. Extensive short and long-range tests verifying the throughput and video performance versus a range of Draft 802.11n equipment concluded:
"The measured data reveals that the D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme NTM Gigabit Router is the top performer in its 3x3 (antenna) class and across the board."
Test results also noted "the DIR-655 will let you watch high-quality HDTV even at 150 feet since it maintains about 20 megabits (Mbps) of throughput at that distance."
The video test was designed to demonstrate video prioritization performance of three gigabit-capable routers chosen for evaluation: the D-Link DIR-655, the Linksys WRT350N and the Netgear WNR854T. All three feature Gigabit Ethernet local-area network (LAN) ports with sufficient bandwidth to support a multimedia server sourcing multiple video streams. "Among this group the D-Link DIR-655 came in first," the study concluded.
The 802.11n standard, currently in draft form, is the new generation of WLAN technology delivering significant improvement in throughput and useful range over legacy 802.11b and 11g equipment. In the home, Draft 802.11n provides triple play coverage including video distribution through a typical house to multiple TV sets.
In the enterprise/office environment, once ratified, 802.11n will support mission-critical applications with throughput, QoS and security rivaling 100Base-T. Coupled with current security protocols, Draft 802.11n's performance makes it an easy-to-install alternative to computer cabling. The D-Link Xtreme N products are based on XSPAN draft 2.0 802.11n technology from Atheros.
"We're committed to provide consumers with the optimal Draft 802.11n experience," said AJ Wang, chief technical officer for D-Link. "octoScope's findings validate the hard work of the engineering and product design teams behind our Draft 11n solutions and are a welcome endorsement of our commitment to home networking leadership."
*Based on June 19, 2007 octoScope Report. To get a copy of the full report, visit www.dlink.com/11n_test_report