The HD Media Router 1000, model DIR-657, is the first in the Media router series that D-Link introduced at CES 2011, and it's a totally new router. At least on the outside.
Unlike previous routers, such as the
The DIR-657 is the first we've seen that incorporates a card slot to host an SD card for its built-in media-streaming features. It's also the first from D-Link that offers thethat allows parents to keep tabs on their kids' access to the Internet from anywhere in the world.
On the inside, however, the DIR-657 is very similar to the previous model it's supposed to replace, the DIR-655. It's a Gigabit Ethernet single-band router that broadcasts Wireless-N on the 2.4GHz frequency. It offers guest networking and a USB port to be used with D-Link's SharePort technology, which enables any computer in the network to work with any USB device connected to it. The new router remains rather similar to its predecessor in terms of performance, too, with decent throughput speeds and relatively short range.
At a street price of just around $100, the DIR-657 should make a very good router for any homes. For more information, check out CNET's full review of the