With broadband Internet being adopted in more homes each and every day, the idea of a home network becomes more enticing.

As many households have more than one PC, the easiest and most popular way to share the home’s Internet connection, as well as provide easy access to files on all connected PCs, is through a home network. This can be achieved through the use of a high-quality router such as the D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme Wireless Router.

Compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b Networks

As simple an idea as this is, there are plenty of choices out there, each with their own slew of advantages and disadvantages. The most popular by far is the wireless network. With notebook PCs being as prevalent as they are, it only makes sense to set up a wireless home network if you are going to take the time to set one up in the first place.

The D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme Wireless Router can operate up to 14 times the speed and six times the range of an equivalent wireless G product because it is a draft 802.11n compliant device. It is also compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b networks.

 D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme Wireless RouterThis device also offers gigabit LAN ports to keep up with your gigabit network, meaning the data is smoothly transferred to the router which then sends it to other networked computers. The DIR-655 is certified to work with Microsoft Windows Vista Operating System.

Moving onto the DIR-655 itself, the glossy white finish gives the router a classy look. 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 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, you’ll see the four gigabit Ethernet ports positioned between two of the three antennas. Moving over, you’ll get to the Internet port. This is where the cable from the modem is going to go into. The USB port 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.

The DIR-655 includes all the latest and advanced network security features including 128-bit encryption; WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security protocols; SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) and NAT (Network Address Translation) firewalls. These security features will prevent unauthorized access over a wireless network or from the Internet.

With D-link’s Intelligent QoS technology, it prioritizes both wired and wireless Internet traffic to enable an enhanced online gaming, browsing and communication experience. It is also ideal for streaming HD video or multiple applications simultaneously.

Lightweight and sleek in design, fast and secure, the D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme Wireless Router, is indeed a cool product for everyone.

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Contributed by Joseph Espirida, Product Reviewer