DIR 655 – Should I upgrade to DIR 825 or DIR 665 to support iPad or touchpad?


The D Link DIR 655 is so popular with its Xtreme N technology, but with Apple’s new iPad and HP touchpad so popular that they demand a high performance wireless network for optimal data transfer speed, should you upgrade to the new DIR 665 or DIR 825 Xtreme N routers? Is there any reason to upgrade the router to the new generation of D-Link Xtreme N routers?

iPad and Touchpad are tablets that are so popular to help you do more than you can do. They are originally designed for audio and video platforms that allow you to watch and stream HD videos/movies from the Internet, as well as platforms for other types of visual media, including books, music, games, and web content. Later, they are also designed to help your business with applications like Mail, Calendar, web browsers and other business application features.

Both the iPad and the Touchpad are equipped with Wi-Fi and/or 3G to connect to the Internet. To be able to connect to the wireless network at home with an Internet connection, you must have a wireless network environment. That means you need to create a wireless environment powered by a wireless router that supports maximum data rate performance for smooth performance of HD media streaming, gaming, and browsing. With your current DIR 655 router, can it support your iPad and touchpad Wi-Fi connections to function at their best?

Before upgrading your current DIR 655 router or whatever your current router is, you need to know the iPad or Touchpad Wi-Fi specification. Both the iPad and Touchpad are equipped with Wi-Fi that works with the 802.11a/b/g/n standards. This is a dual-band Wi-Fi that supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The 5GHz band is generally used for streaming HD media for a clean network, as the 5GHz band generates relatively less interference than 2.4 GHz band. All wireless devices that are designed to support smooth and fast streaming and gaming typically support the 5 GHz band. Therefore, for maximum data rate performance, you should connect iPad and touchpad to any wireless environment that supports dual-band.

D-Link DIR 655 does not support dual-band technology, but it can create a wireless environment that is compatible with the Wi-Fi connection of your iPad and Touchpad, but without the 5GHz band to reduce interference. What about DIR 665 or DIR 825?

The DIR 665 is a selectable dual-band router with three spatial data streams (N450 technology) offering speeds of up to 450 Mbps on each band. But remember, this is a selectable dual band, which means the router can operate on only one band at a time. To support the maximum data rate performance for your iPad and Touchpad, you must select the router to work on the 5 GHz band. And the other wireless clients that work on the 2.4 GHz band cannot connect to the network unless you select the 5 GHz band.

The D-Link DIR 825 supports dual-band technology on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands simultaneously. The router is a dual band N600 and offers speeds of up to 300 Mbps on each band of your wireless network. This is the ideal environment to support your iPad and Touchpad for smooth HD video streaming and gaming.

What about the performance of the DIR 665 and DIR 825 routers? Each of the individual users have different opinions. You can read their reviews on online stores like Amazon.