Cheap; fast enough to stream HD video to our media room; delivered usable bandwidth to our outdoor locations; great feature set.
Lacks the ability to share USB printers and storage devices; unable to operate a guest network.
D-Link’s DIR-615 carries a $70 list price, but most of the retailers we checked were selling it for around $40 when we wrote this feature. At that price, this router is an absolute steal.
The DIR-615 was slower than our zero-point, Trendnet’s TEW-639GR, in four of our six test locations, but it and the Belkin N Wireless were the only models in this group fast enough to wirelessly stream high-definition video to our media room. And unlike most of the rest of the field, it had no problem delivering usable bandwidth to the client in both of our long-range outdoor test locations. Taking the zero-point out of the equation, Belkin’s N Wireless router was faster at the two locations where the client is closest to the router, but the DIR-615 was faster than everything everywhere else.
In addition to speed, the DIR-615 offered a more complete feature set than any other router we tested. You won’t find some of the latest features, such as the ability to operate a guest network or share a USB printer or storage device, and its integrated switch is limited to 100Mb/s, but the DIR-615 does offer UPnP support, D-Link’s vaunted QoS Engine, and a host of features you typically see only in high-end routers.
|D-Link DIR-615 (Rev. B2) ||Trendnet TEW-639GR |
|Kitchen, 20 feet (Mb/s) ||71.4||106.0 |
|Enclosed Patio, 38 feet (Mb/s)||31.0 ||57.1 |
|Bedroom, 60 feet (Mb/s) ||32.2||51.3 |
|Media Room, 35 feet (Mb/s)||24.3 ||11.1 |
|Outdoors 1, 90 feet (Mb/s) ||15.7 ||4.8 |
|Outdoors 2, 85 feet (Mb/s) ||5.8||9.0 |
TCP throughput measured using IPerf. N/C indicates no connection at that location. Best scores are bolded.