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Features

Even though it is based on a different chipset than D-Link's other products, the admin interface has the classic D-Link router look shown in the Internet Connection screen below.

DIR-605L rear panel

DIR-605L rear panel

There are a few differences, though, so let's run through a feature summary.

Routing

  • DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP WAN types
  • DHCP server with MAC address reservation, lease time setting
  • Built-in dynamic DNS client for dlinkddns.com, oray.cn and dyndns.com free and custom services
  • Static routes (32)
  • WAN port speed (10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, Auto)
  • Multicast stream enable
  • Remote admin access enable, IP access filtering, port setting and graphic authentication enable
  • UPnP enable/disable
  • Syslog support
  • Email and save logs
  • Syslog support
  • Browser-based log view
  • Schedulable Uplink/downlink bandwidth control for IP ranges. Can't specify service ports.
  • Cable connection/port speed check
  • Save/restore settings
  • mydlink event management

Firewall

  • Non-schedulable port range forwarding (separate public & private ports settable)
  • Non-schedulable triggered port forwarding (can't set source and destination ports)
  • Schedulable allow/deny MAC filtering
  • Non-schedulable deny MAC ACL
  • SPI firewall disable, anti-spoof checking, RTSP ALG
  • Schedulable Inbound/outbound firewall rules with source/destination, protocol and port range (50)
  • Schedulable URL filter (10)
  • DMZ host
  • WAN ping allow / deny

Wireless features

  • Modes: Router, AP, WDS, WDS+AP, WDS+Router
  • WEP, WPA / WPA2 Personal support
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support, pushbutton and PIN
  • Auto and manual channel set
  • SSID broadcast control
  • Wireless modes: n-only, mixed b/g, mixed b/g/n (default)
  • Bandwidth: 20 MHz, Auto 20/40 MHz
  • Transmit power adjust (100, 70, 50, 35, 15%)
  • Beacon period, RTS threshold, Fragmentation, DTIM interval adjusts
  • Short/long preamble, CTS mode, STBC, 20/40MHz coexist, Short Guard Interval enables
  • WMM disable

Missing features

  • IPv6 support
  • HTTPs admin access
  • Wireless guest access
  • Wireless on / off schedule or physical wireless disable button
  • Wireless client isolation
  • WPA/WPA2 Enterprise (RADIUS) support

Thirty second reboots are required to save setting changes. But at least you can make changes on multiple screens and save once. Given D-Link's aggressiveness in supporting IPv6, it was a surprise to see support missing on the 605L.

D-Link hasn't posted an emulator for the 605L. So I've posted most of the key screens in the gallery with explanatory captions.

Routing Performance

Routing throughput running the latest 1.11 firmware and our router test process measured 87 Mbps WAN to LAN, 86 Mbps LAN to WAN and 133 Mbps total with up and down tests running simultaneously. This is a bit lower than most other routers that I judge 100 Mbps "wire speed". But, in reality, you would be hard pressed to see a difference.

Maximum simultaneous connections topped out at a relatively low 6,483. But again, this number is more than sufficient for a home/SOHO router.

The IxChariot plot below shows a moderate amount of throughput variation under the high continuous-traffic load of our test scripts.

DIR-605L Routing Throughput

DIR-605L Routing Throughput

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