D-Link DI-624 router

The Good Fast; long range; removable antenna; configurable firewall; compact.

The Bad Lacks stand for vertical positioning; poor throughput with 802.11b devices.

The Bottom Line The DI-624 is fast, and it combines easy installation with advanced security options, making it a good choice for homes and offices alike.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 8.0
7.1 Overall

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D-Link DI-624 router

Review summary

Editor's note: The rating and/or Editors' Choice designation for this product has been altered since the review's original publication. The reason for this is simply the general improvement of technology over time. In order to keep our ratings fair and accurate, it's sometimes necessary to downgrade the ratings of older products relative to those of newer products. (12/14/04)

When we first reviewed the D-Link DI-624 AirPlus Xtreme G router a year ago, we were unimpressed, but that was then, and this is now. The new DI-624 is about half the size of the original and twice as fast. It also comes with an improved quick-installation guide, a more comprehensive manual, stronger security features, and an excellent support package that includes a long, three-year warranty. Few routers are as easy to set up as the DI-624, but if the thought of typing an IP address into your browser's address bar makes you sweat, then consider the less powerful but easier to use, Microsoft MN-700. On the other hand, if you're looking for a fast router with excellent range and a bushel of features, such as a configurable firewall, parental controls, top-notch wireless security, and VPN pass-through support, then look no further. With a current street price of about $70, the DI-624 is a great buy for both home and small office networks.

For a router with such an advanced feature set, the D-Link DI-624 AirPlus Xtreme G router is easy to set up. The package includes everything you'll need: the router; a CD-ROM containing a manual and warranty info; an Ethernet cable; and a 5V DC power adapter. The new DI-624 is compact, about the size of a medium-size paperback, and its bottom panel doubles as a mounting bracket, making it easy to attach to a wall or the ceiling. Unfortunately, the DI-624 doesn't come with a stand for vertical positioning, which is a feature we like in the Netgear WGT624.

The hardware setup is a snap, literally. Connect the DI-624 to your broadband modem with the cable that came with your modem, use the Ethernet cable in the package to connect the router to your computer, and you're done.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $90
  • Brand D-Link
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol 802.11 Super G, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Data Transfer Rate 108 Mbps
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