The Good Virtual networked USB port; mobile router capability; true dual-band; intuitive and responsive browser interface; gigabit LAN and WAN; easy to set up; support separate wireless networks for guests; convenient preset settings.
The Bad Slow mixed mode performance; 5Ghz range could be better; bulky design.
The Bottom Line The D-Link Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router DIR-825 is a stable performer with great features and an excellent Web interface. The outdated and bulky design, relatively short range, and merely average throughput, however, lessen its appeal.
D-Link Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router DIR-825
The Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router DIR-825 is D-Link's latest router on the market. We view it as a worthy successor to the DIR-655 for the addition of true dual-band capability (simultaneously supporting 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequencies) and SharePort technology that turns the router's USB port into a networked port that supports virtually any USB device. Its performance is merely acceptable and its range is poor compared with other Wireless-N routers, including other D-Link units, but we nonetheless recommend the DIR-825 for its stability, SharePort feature, ease of use, and the fact that you can get it for about $140--a very good deal for a true dual-band router.
Setup and design
We didn't experience any problems setting up the D-Link DIR-825. The router comes with a CD that contains the D-Link Router Quick Setup desktop software. Dutifully following the wizard, we were able, with minimal mouse clicks, to get everything up and running, including connecting to the Internet and other wireless clients, as well as setting up an SSID for each frequency. Alternatively, you can use the Web-based interface, which we found to be well-thought-out, responsive, and more comprehensive than the desktop application.
The DIR-825 looks just like the DIR-655, minus the third antenna. The two antennae, however, are still attached to the back of the router where all the ports reside. This is a cluttering and long-standing design trait found in all D-Link's Wireless-N routers. Nonetheless, with the omission of the middle antenna, it's much easier to get to the DIR-825's ports than the DIR-655's.
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