User Rating: Disappointing
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Pros:Works with both Windows 2000 and Vista
If you have Vista, the setup is easy
Cons:The USB port software doesn't work
Firmware versions don't work with the USB SharePort
The Bottom Line: If you want to use the USB port, or if you have an older OS, skip this product.
Bottom line: it didn't work the way it was supposed to so we're returning it
Recommend this product?
We bought this D-Link DIR-655 router for our two computers. One is a new laptop running Vista and the other is a 7 year old desktop with Windows 2000. Our two requirements of a router were 1) it should work with both Vista and 2000 and 2) it should have a USB port so that we can connect the printer. You can't share a printer between 2000 and Vista, so we've always just had the printer hooked up to the desktop. Every time you want to print from the laptop, you have to carry it across the house to the printer. Sometimes, with the old router, the laptop was able to see and access the shared drives on the desktop and we could move and print things that way, but that only worked some of the time. We wanted to find a better solution.
My husband and I are both software engineers. If two software engineers can't get this working with our system, then it's not going to work with what we have. We spent probably 12 hours, total, trying to get the router's USB port to work with no luck.
First, I tried to set the router up using the wire connection to the old desktop. I spent 4 hours on that and I couldn't connect to the internet. I tried setting the router up with the laptop and it connected easily and hooked me up to the internet in under 15 minutes. When I then moved the wire to the desktop and used the laptop wirelessly, the internet connection was just fine. So if you are trying to use this router with two different operating systems, set it up using the computer that has the newest OS and you'll hopefully be successful.
Once I had the internet working on both computers, I installed the software, SharePort Network USB, from the disk provided with the router. Neither computer could see the printer in the USB port. To rule out that it was a printer issue, I plugged a thumb drive into the USB port and neither computer could see that either. I downloaded the newest version of SharePort, tried it on both computers, no luck. Tried many combinations of rebooting the router, the modem, each computer, etc. No luck. I installed new firmware versions, one by one, on the router and kept trying. No dice. Read many online forums. Still no luck. Tried beta firmware versions which were supposed to fix the problem. The computers never could see the USB port.
Our old router works with both Windows 2000 and Vista. We were really just hoping to have the luxury of not having to physically move the laptop to the big, heavy printer every time we wanted to print a document. However, SharePort on this new router worked 0% of the time. We're going to go back to our old router because some of the time is better than never.
Amount Paid (US$): 95.00
Driver Availability: Windows, Linux, and Mac