D-Link DIR-645 router review: Almost great

CNET editor Dong Ngo reviews the D-Link Amplifi Whole Home Router 1000 DIR-645.

The DIR-645 comes in a cylindrical shape that helps it not only look good but also have small footprint.
The DIR-645 comes in a cylindrical shape that helps it not only look good but also have small footprint. Josh Miller/CNET

D-Link's latest Amplifi Whole Home Router 1000 (model DIR-645) almost makes an excellent router.

For one, living up to the Whole Home notion, the router offers great Wi-Fi range, possibly the longest I've seen in a long time. Secondly, it provides a great set of features, including Gigabit Ethernet (great for a fast wired network), guest networking, parental control, QoS, support for IPv6, and a very easy-to-use yet comprehensive Web interface. And finally it won't break your bank, either, with a street price of just around $90.

Unfortunately, it also comes with one major shortcoming, according to my trials. When used in N-only mode, which allows the router to offer the best wireless performance at the expense of backward compatibility for legacy 802.11g and 802.11b clients, the router's Wi-Fi signal would disconnect after 6 or 7 hours of continued operation. When this happened, I had to turn it off and back on to get connected again.

While this doesn't seem to happen in mixed mode (where all clients, N and legacy, are supported), which is the router's default setting, this is a rather serious issue that keeps the router from getting the "excellent" rating. Hopefully this will be resolved with a firmware update. I tested the router with the latest firmware version 1.01.

To find out more about the DIR-645's features and performance, check out the full review .

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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