Tuesday, 09 January 2007

DIR-625 Router from D-Link Recently I wrote about my frustrations with the several WRT-54G Linksys routers I have bricked and suffered through over the past few years. I've been on a search for a good replacement. A number of people have recommended sticking with the Linksys hardware, but since I have been through a few of them, I really just wanted to make a change. My friend Omar and a few others suggested the D-link routers, specifically the ones that do QoS traffic shaping for a variety of network services. Those people using the D-Link Platinum series routers spoke so highly of them, I decided to look at them seriously and decide which one would be best for me. Omar uses a model that is billed as a gaming router and he loves it.

While at Costco earlier today, I discovered they were stocking a Pre-N "RangeBooster" wireless router, the D-Link DIR-625 model. I saw that it had the QoS engine that people were heralding, and being a -N model it has some future to it, which is nice. Omar had noted to me that these routers have the ability to be configured and tweaked in fine detail right out of the box (in other words the firmware you get on the thing is incredibly capable and sufficiently detailed for advanced users), and he was certainly right. You can granularly configure almost anything you can think of. The device will even email you when system events occur or when a new firmware upgrade is available, if you want it to. Quite cool.

I have been up and running with it all evening and am very, very happy. My wireless network connection is now rock-solid and the user interface for the router is top-notch. Not once has the network paused, glitched, dropped or otherwise puked on itself, which is quite a change. I could get used to this, heh.

You can check out an online emulator of the DIR-625 router's web interface here (use a blank password). Product information can be found here. The support and firmware page for this model is here.

Setup was quick and easy, simple enough for anyone due to good packaging and a CD-wizard driven installation routine. This router is highly recommended for both home users and geeks.

UPDATE: 1/15/2007 - I have been running the router for about a week now with exactly zero problems. This thing is as solid as a rock and shapes traffic quite well. I should have made this move long ago.

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Tuesday, 09 January 2007 23:48:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Friday, 05 October 2007 08:03:43 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
The setup wizard doesn't even have an option for dynamic isp's which I find very bad. Makes you have to setup the router manually without the wizard which most people will have problems with. Other then that so far it works well although setting up the firewall part i have not got into yet and no idea if that part is done in wizard or not but no idea how manually yet as not looked into it much.
James Pelletier
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 20:11:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
its been a couple of months, i am just wondering, how is the router now? approx how many times have you had a bad connection?
i heard these routers dont suit well to Intel wireless adaptor thingies.

please let me know
Mark Zaber
Monday, 28 April 2008 16:45:38 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I've had this router for over a year and it has been absolutely flawless. My one big complaint is you are not able to save the router configurations to disk as with other routers.

Have had both the Linksys and D-Link routers; just seem to get a better signal from the D-Link. If I sit on my patio or down in the TV room the when the Linksys is active I barely get a signal with the Linksys.

I have the Intel wireless adapter in two of my laptops and have had zero problems.
Sunday, 28 September 2008 11:46:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I bought this router and it was bricked out of the box. So I exchanged it for another... and even though I am "up" at the moment...I am having some serious drop and lag issues. I was getting a better signal from my using my Macbook as internet sharing device for my PS3, than I am with this router at the moment.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 14:31:46 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
j'ai acheter un router d-link depuis que j,.ai installer je ne peu plus me servir de mon adresse email sboisvert@cooptel.qc.ca quand j'essai ca m'incrit un fil est débrancher et je perd mon service internet j'aimerais avoir de l'aide et du support merci
Monday, 05 January 2009 16:35:38 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I have had this for 2 years now and have never had a hicup, and you can save your settings to disk with the newer firmware, i swear by D-link i have gone through 7 Linksys routers with friends because everyone is saying they are the best, but i find they have ten times the amount of problems.
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 14:42:38 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
After using many WRT54G who all had their range of troubles, from getting bricked for unknown reasons to dropping connections every 5 minutes, I'm using a DIR-625_A1 (firmware version 1.09). It's been running for about a year and a half without a single noticeable glitch or restart, besides me changing some configuration.

The only thing I can gripe about is the website filtering which, when enabled, filters out everything and allows only the sites you list. There is no option to reverse to deny access to the listed sites and allow all by default, or there's a user error somewhere. Do you know how/if I can achieve this?

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