D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router
For most household networks, the D-Link DIR-655 is just about the perfect wireless router. Although this model does not come equipped with a 5 GHz radio, its performance in the 2.4 GHz band is more than adequate for streaming online content or playing games. For the devices that need to be wired, the DIR-655 features Gigabit Ethernet ports that allow much higher throughput rates. The wireless performance isn't the strongest - SmallNetBuilder's testing shows a maximum of 100 Mbps of throughput, but that's at extremely close ranges. If you situate yourself further away from the router, performance drops off rapidly. Still, this is more than enough performance to take full advantage of the internet service you're subscribed to. Unlike the cheaper alternatives, the DIR-655 keeps the price low while retaining important features like complete compatibility with Wi-Fi security standards, as well as advanced QoS that prioritizes data to keep overall speeds high. All of this makes the DIR-655 extremely popular among those looking for a good wireless router for a home network.