is this still the best wireless router to get for under $100 for mac

davelanger

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D-Link DIR-655 Extreme N Wireless Router

Some of the cons say it can run really hot and the lights are annoying.

But is this the best router to get?
 

Nuck81

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Oct 15, 2009
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A router is a router right?

Even the most standard and basic of Routers are capable of more bandwidth than most ISP's can push if I'm not mistaken.
 

rjphoto

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When you need to push Gigs of photos or video over to another computer it does make a difference.
 

elfxmilhouse

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A router is a router right?

Even the most standard and basic of Routers are capable of more bandwidth than most ISP's can push if I'm not mistaken.
not true.

different routers support different features. it all depends on your needs. its not just about bandwidth.

I used to use a time capsule as my router but it didnt do QoS and scheduling.
just recently replaced it with the netgear wndr3700. it also has upnp for media streaming.
 

davelanger

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i game on a PS3 and have a linksys WRT32ON.

I have encountered no problems whatsoever.
My friend today told me to never get a linksys because he had tons of problems, but he has a pc, so not sure if that mattered.
 

flopticalcube

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not true.

different routers support different features. it all depends on your needs. its not just about bandwidth.

I used to use a time capsule as my router but it didnt do QoS and scheduling.
just recently replaced it with the netgear wndr3700. it also has upnp for media streaming.
Yes. For gaming particularly QoS is important (especially if you have a computer using the internet at the same time) and the DLink supports that whereas the Apple routers do not.
 

elfxmilhouse

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Yes. For gaming particularly QoS is important (especially if you have a computer using the internet at the same time) and the DLink supports that whereas the Apple routers do not.
i also use it to throttle bittorrent and voip services.

i give my skype connection the highest priority since i use it a lot for receiving calls. next would be gaming then bittorrent and other web traffic has lowest priority.
 

basesloaded190

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My friend today told me to never get a linksys because he had tons of problems, but he has a pc, so not sure if that mattered.
Never had a problem with the multiple linksys routers that i have owned over the years. Wouldn't really make a difference if it was on a mac or pc anyways. I say you can't go wrong with linksys but thats just from my experience
 

elfxmilhouse

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Never had a problem with the multiple linksys routers that i have owned over the years. Wouldn't really make a difference if it was on a mac or pc anyways. I say you can't go wrong with linksys but thats just from my experience
ive heard bad things about the newer linksys routers (the weird smooth ones)

i also had good experiences with linksys in the past but i dont think ill ever buy any of their newer stuff anytime soon.
 

Eidorian

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I'm using a $10 Belkin F5D7230-4 v1000 running dd-wrt.

QoS is there but I don't use it. I can play 720p MKVs over the network SMB share just fine. I'm still waiting for the 802.11n final router selection to perk up. I'd also like to get 5 GHz and dd-wrt support.
 

basesloaded190

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ive heard bad things about the newer linksys routers (the weird smooth ones)

i also had good experiences with linksys in the past but i dont think ill ever buy any of their newer stuff anytime soon.
can't go wrong with D-link or Net gear if you don't want to go all out for the Apple Base Station
 

flopticalcube

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I'm using a $10 Belkin F5D7230-4 v1000 running dd-wrt.

QoS is there but I don't use it. I can play 720p MKVs over the network SMB share just fine. I'm still waiting for the 802.11n final router selection to perk up. I'd also like to get 5 GHz and dd-wrt support.
Fine if you are the only user. Some nights there are 4 of us in the house surfing, playing Warcraft, etc.
 

elfxmilhouse

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I'm using a $10 Belkin F5D7230-4 v1000 running dd-wrt.

QoS is there but I don't use it. I can play 720p MKVs over the network SMB share just fine. I'm still waiting for the 802.11n final router selection to perk up. I'd also like to get 5 GHz and dd-wrt support.
+1 for dd-wrt and its related firmwares. im running tomato firmware on an old linksys router and it has given me no problems.
 

Eidorian

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Fine if you are the only user. Some nights there are 4 of us in the house surfing, playing Warcraft, etc.
Yeah, the QoS is a nice feature of dd-wrt that when you have the hardware that supports it. I am the only user though.

+1 for dd-wrt and its related firmwares. im running tomato firmware on an old linksys router and it has given me no problems.
I've become a big fan of dd-wrt. I got this router back in mid-2005. It's still working.
 

davelanger

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Ok thanks everyone

so do you have any ones your recommend for under $100 besides the few that were mentioned? I almost bought the one in my post but it says on the specs there is no mac software in the box.

Does that just mean i would have go to on the site to get it?
 

pastrychef

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The DIR-655 has been one of the best routers I've ever used. I have installed it in multiple locations for different people. I think I have gone for over a year without needing to restart the thing. The same goes for the other setups I've done. It can handle tons of connections which is important if you use bit torrent.

That being said, beware of the newest firmwares available for this router. There have been many reports that firmwares 1.3x and above being buggy and they do not allow downgrading once you've gone beyond firmware 1.3. Stick to firmwares 1.1x and 1.2x and you should be fine. You can visit D-Links forums for more information about their firmware.

In the past, I've tried using Linksys and Netgear routers and none of them performed quite as well as this particular model of D-Link. I remember an old Linksys WRT-54G that constantly needed restarting. Even after flashing with custom firmware, it was never able to handle the number of connections the DIR-655 could.

Lastly, the lights on the router don't bother me, but I can see how they could be a bit bright for others. If that's the case for you, just cover them up with labels and they will be dimmed. Or, you could block them out completely with electrical or duct tape.