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Maximum PC Staff Jan 20, 2010

D-Link DIR-615 (Rev. B2)

At A Glance

The Good

Cheap; fast enough to stream HD video to our media room; delivered usable bandwidth to our outdoor locations; great feature set.

The Bad

Lacks the ability to share USB printers and storage devices; unable to operate a guest network.

The B is for bargain


There's plenty going on under the hood of D-Link's DIR-615 wireless router.

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.

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Benchmarks

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.

THE VERDICT

D-Link DIR-615 (Rev. B2)

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