D-Link Wireless N HD Media Router 1000 (DIR-657) Price, Features and Other Info

D-Link Wireless N HD Media Router 1000 (DIR-657) Price, Features and Other Info: We take the D-Link HD Media Router 1000 apart and see how it stands up. Read on for the full details of our alone time with the router.
Design and construction
The D-Link Wireless N HD Media Router 1000 (DIR-657) is included in the Amplifi line of D-Link and is actually just a single-band router that comes with the company’s proprietary bandwidth prioritization technology called HD Fuel.
The HD Media Router 1000 measures 210 x 160 x 33 mm and tips the scales at 341.5 grams. With the current Amplifi line of routers in which the HD Media Router 1000 is part of, D-Link did away with its conventional rectangular style and opted for a flatter chassis with a sleeker profile which makes the HD Media Router 1000 look eerily like the E-series line of routers from Cisco Linksys.
D-Link ditched the LEDs that act as notification lights for port activity and in the case of the HD Media Router 1000, the router only has two LEDs – one found at the top of the router and the other inside it just below the surface. These two LEDs represent WAN connectivity and power. The new design also gives way for the HD Media Router 1000 to have internal antennas so no pesky antenna can be seen sticking out at the router’s back panel. The HD Media Router 1000 also packs a media card slot that supports SD cards and can be used for the HD Media Router 1000’s network storage feature.
The back panel of the HD Media Router 1000 on the other hand contains all the necessary ports and these include a WAN port that is connected to the Internet source, a USB port and 4 Gigabit LAN ports should you want to include wired clients in your network.


Setup and configuration of the HD Media Router 1000
Similar to older D-Link routers, setting up and configuring the HD Media Router 1000 is a walk in the park. The retail package of the router includes a CD that has the needed setup software. Just insert the CD in your optical drive, follow the setup wizard and with just a few mouse clicks, you will be able to get the HD Media Router 1000 up and running. This already includes getting connected to the Internet along with your other wireless clients and in the process setting up and configuring the preferred SSID for the available frequencies.
For more advanced users, another option is to use the interface of the HD Media Router 1000 which is web-based. The interface as we found out is very intuitive, well thought out and a whole lot more comprehensive compared to using the desktop application.
Features of the HD Media Router 1000
The HD Media Router 1000 actually packs a myriad of options for settings and configuration. One such example of this is that it gives you the capability to enable CAPTCHA graphical authentication. For the uninitiated, this means that for anyone trying to get access to your network, they would have to enter a graphical CAPTCHA first before they can access and get connected to the network.
The HD Media Router 1000 also supports IPv6 wherein Advanced DNS settings let you surf the web in a faster and more reliable manner. Other features of the router also include allowing a user to make a guest network, create and setup a network filter, and configure QoS and access control. The router also packs support for Wireless Intelligent Stream Handling which essentially prioritizes the different wireless applications’ traffic.
In terms of security, the HD Media Router 1000 supports all variations of encryption methods such as WPA2, WPA and WEP. A caveat here though is the WEP is in use, the wireless speed is capped at 54Mbps and the security of the network is significantly reduced.
Performance of the HD Media Router 1000
To ascertain the capabilities of the HD Media Router 1000, we subjected it to some rigorous tests. The router was able to obtain a score of 60Mbps in our throughput test done in close range which means that at this speed, 500MB of data can be transmitted in approximately 67 seconds.
When subjected to the long-range throughput test where the client was a hundred feet away from the HD Media Router 1000, the speed of connection dropped down to just 39.2Mbps. In our mixed-mode test, the router was able to offer 43.2Mbps. The range of the router though is a bit short at around 200 feet and to get the optimum performance from the HD Media Router 1000, it should be within ore less than a hundred feet. The signal stability though is exceptional and was able to go through our 48-hour stress test without getting disconnected or encountering hiccups.
The bottom line
The D-Link HD Media Router 1000 has a lot of likeable features and packs a new design which are all good points but it would have been a lot better and could have gotten our nod of approval if it were faster and was able to offer a longer range with dual-band support.
D-Link Wireless N HD Media Router 1000 (DIR-657) Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 7,000.00

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