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D-Link markets this single-band (2.4GHz) router as particularly well suited for gaming and media streaming, and it is endowed with very good quality-of-service features, but QoS can’t magically render the 2.4GHz frequency band any less crowded. And given our relatively pristine test environment, the best word to describe the DIR-657’s range and TCP throughput is pathetic. And while we realize that our room-within-a-room home theater presents a significant challenge to most 5GHz routers, the 2.4GHz DIR-657 could barely send music streams there wirelessly; streaming video to our TV was a nonstarter. The router couldn’t connect to the client located in our second outdoor test location at all—it’s been a long time since we experienced that problem with a router operating on the 2.4GHz frequency band. D-Link’s DIR-657 is certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, too (as is Belkin’s N750 DB), so the D-Link (and the Belkin) ships with channel bonding disabled. We turned it on for our tests—and then triple-checked it to make sure it was actually on, because the numbers we got were so low: just 48Mb/s with the client sitting a mere 10 feet from the router.
It's been two years since we've had a new D-Link router to test in PCMag's lab, which is why I was excited to test D-Link's DIR-657 HD Media Router 1000 ($150). Part of D-Link's "Amplifi" line, this single-band router is loaded with D-Link's "HD Fuel" bandwidth prioritization technology which is supposed to make the devices prime for bandwidth-heavy tasks like online gaming and high-definition video streaming. The reality, however, is a bit different. The single-band DIR-657 has mediocre throughput scores that are eclipsed by speed demons such as Cisco Linksys' E4200 or Netgear's N750 (dual-band routers comparable in price to the DIR-657's laughable MSRP of $150.). The router is suitable for everyday Internet surfing, but even there, there are better-performing single-band routers on the market (such as Cisco's E1200) for as little as $60. Still, it has a few features that make it stand out from the pack. With the Amplifi line, D-Link has moved away from its traditional boxy, rectangular style and adopted a sleeker, flattened chassis type reminiscent of Cisco Linksys' E-series line. Unfortunately, D-Link has also adopted the latest router trend of ditching the LEDs associated with LAN port activity.
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