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D-Link DIR-825 review

A compact and reliable router with smart energy saving features

Our Verdict

A good option for those who know what they are doing but some options are difficult to set up for beginner users

For

  • Green features
  • USB port
  • Comprehensive settings

Against

  • Not easy to set up

The D-Link DIR-825 is a compact and neat-looking white plastic box with black trim around the middle. The front sports the standard LED lights showing status and which ports are being accessed.

On the rear of the unit you'll find two antennae which need to be manually screwed in, so giving you the option of adding high-gain antennae if required. The back of the box has all the usual features, so you will find four Gigabit Ethernet ports for a fixed connection, as well as a broadband internet connection.

Interestingly, D-Link has built 'Green Technology' into this router, so any ports that are not in use automatically switch off, along with their respective LED indicator.

There is also a USB port for adding a printer or external storage. The latter needs to be set up using the supplied D-Link SharePort utility software. Set-up is a three-step process that requires you to install the software on your laptop before adding the hardware.

Installation is wizard-based and sets up the DIR-825 via a web browser. While the settings are comprehensive, they're not that straightforward. Once you've set up the software, you can add the hardware and then set up the security aspects of your router.

On the right-hand side of the router is a small Wi-Fi Protected Set-up (WPS) button, which offers one-click encryption between other WPS devices.

When it came to performance, we found the signal strength of the DIR-825 to be excellent. Faster throughputs work best on the 5GHz frequency and, once you're accustomed to the software, you can reserve bandwidth for specific tasks.

The D-Link DIR-825 is compact and offers solid performance. It may not be the easiest to set up, but once running it works exceedingly well.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Router
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports5
Total Number of Antennas2
Wireless Transmission Speed54 Mbps
Brand NameD-Link
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ENERGY STAR
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5 GHz
Height193 mm
Width117 mm
Depth30 mm
ManufacturerD-Link Systems, Inc
Product ModelDIR-825
Product NameDIR-825 Wireless N Quadband Home Router
Manufacturer Part NumberDIR-825/B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.dlink.co.uk
Marketing Information

The D-Link Wireless Quadband Home Router DIR-825 uses Quadband technology to support 2.4GHz & 5GHz wireless signals at the same time. This allows you to check e-mail and browse the Internet using the 2.4GHz band while simultaneously streaming High-Defi nition (HD) movies and other media on the 5GHz band. The DIR-825 is designed for users looking to get a true HD wireless connection that can handle multiple HD video streams throughout the house, while being backward compatible with existing 802.11g and 802.11a products.

Weight (Approximate)317.5 g