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I have a question about this router. There seems to be mixed feelings about this device on this board. I want to know if this can handle streaming video. If not, can anyone give some recommendations. Thanks.
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I have a question about this router. There seems to be mixed feelings about this device on this board. I want to know if this can handle streaming video. If not, can anyone give some recommendations. Thanks.
Mixed feelings? I've only ever seen positive reviews - this router has won multiple awards in various comparisons.

Yes, it should stream video just fine. I own one and have never had a better router.

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Yep, my D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N streams videos and does everything else quite well.

I assume you mean to stream video wirelessly? Ethernet is the way to go if you can of course. Wi-fi strength and reliability is dependent on a number of things including where the router is positioned with respect to the receiver (your computer), construction of the building it's in, outside interference, etc. The very best wireless can be hampered if certain conditions are present. Some folks have to use a booster/repeater to make things acceptable.

We have a two-story house. The DIR-655 is upstairs at one end and I can still get a great signal downstairs on the other end of the house. Nothing but positive things to say about it.
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Yep, my D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N streams videos and does everything else quite well.

I assume you mean to stream video wirelessly? Ethernet is the way to go if you can of course. Wi-fi strength and reliability is dependent on a number of things including where the router is positioned with respect to the receiver (your computer), construction of the building it's in, outside interference, etc. The very best wireless can be hampered if certain conditions are present. Some folks have to use a booster/repeater to make things acceptable.

We have a two-story house. The DIR-655 is upstairs at one end and I can still get a great signal downstairs on the other end of the house. Nothing but positive things to say about it.
You hit the nail on the head - placement, considering building configuration is absolutely key.

You see a lot of negative reviews of routers, only to find that people have them sitting in the basement of their two story homes, or at the extreme end from where they use their computers. Even the best routers are hampered by that.

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Indeed! Once upon a time I lived in a three story condo...wireless router on the top floor and a wireless adapter on a TiVo in the basement. To get the signal strength up I actually made a couple of these parabolic reflectors...

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Here's a DL.TV video tutorial:

http://zdpub.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ziffdav...vie=episode101 (Click on "WiFi Boost below the video screen.)

Looked really cheesy, but it actually increased the signal more than 50%! Amazing!
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You saw the mixed reviews here at Mac Forums? Everyone here I know who owns the DIR-655 loves it and has had the best of luck with it.

If you read reviews on a site like New Egg where there are all kinds of different people of varying degrees of knowledge, you will get some negative reviews on any router leave alone any product.
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Believe it to be the best router I've ever had. Do have issues once in awhile when the neighbors decide to change the channel on theirs yet again.

As for streaming, I stream from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and a few others on a regular basis (and in HD where available). Have had really nothing but positive things to say about this router in the 2 years I've had it.

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Thanks for the responses. The negative reviews I have seen were more about d-link products in general. My mind is made up, thanks for the help. I will be ordering the 655 today.
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Thanks for the responses. The negative reviews I have seen were more about d-link products in general. My mind is made up, thanks for the help. I will be ordering the 655 today.
Don't get me wrong, certain D-Link products do suck. This one is not one of them

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I love my DIR-655. I love it so much that when my family physically broke the one at home (I have no clue how, they deny any wrongdoing) I ordered them the exact same router as replacement.


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Another happy DIR-655 user here. It's easily 10x better than the crappy Linksys that it replaced.
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Don't get me wrong, certain D-Link products do suck. This one is not one of them
The Dlink routers that are quite problematic are the older ones like DI-624 and a few older ones. I have one old Dlink DI-524 though that has never given one issue. The new ones like 655 are solid.
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The router got delivered on friday. It didn't come with a stand. Was it supposed to? Does anybody know where I can find a stand for it.
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Call D-Link and ask them to send you a stand. It is supposed to come with one according to their website.

I have one that came with my DIR-628 that you can have, but I couldn't say 100% for sure it will fit yours and you probably don't want to pay shipping for something so small and insignificant.
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