D-Link DIR-601 150 Mbps 4-Port 10/100 Wireless N Router Reviews

D-Link DIR-601 150 Mbps 4-Port 10/100 Wireless N Router

108 ratings (2 Epinions reviews)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Where Can I Buy It?

$6.82
Free Shipping eBay
$16.48
Free Shipping eBay
$17.49
+$7.95 shipping eBay

More like a 802.11g+ router, not really "n"

Nov 29, 2010 (Updated Nov 29, 2010)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating: Excellent

  • Ease of Installation:
  • Ease of Use:

Pros:Speed boost over 802.11g. Consumes less power than older D-Link routers. Improved configuration page.

Cons:Speed boost is marginal. Router does not provide range improvement. Definitely not "true" 802.11n.

The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a true 802.11n solution to stream HD content, skip the DIR-601.  If you are looking for a cheap solution with improved "G" speeds, its ok.


I bought this unit on black friday at $20 to replace an old (but working) 802.11g D-Link router (DI-524) to hopefully add 802.11n speeds.  While the unit works and is an upgrade to the previous unit, I would hardly consider this a "true" 802.11n unit.

First, and most importantly, the speed.  With all the 802.11g routers I have used the max throughput I am able to pull is 2.7MBps (or 21-22mbps), including the DI-524 unit that was replaced.  Note that these speeds were obtained even with my laptop directly next to the router.  Using this new DIR-601 unit I was able to pull around 4.2MBps max (or 32-33mbps).  While this is definitely an upgrade from the previous unit, this is not what I would expect from a router capable of 802.11n.  Yes, I understand the unit is not rated for 300mbps, rather being rated at 150mbps, but I would expect to get at least 50mbps if not more.

Secondly, the range.  Honestly, I don't see an improvement in range.  In fact, I think the range has decreased from the previous DI-524 unit.  The DI-524 unit was 2.4GHz, like all 802.11g routers.  The DIR-601 unit is set to 20MHz by default, with an option to do auto 20/40MHz switching.  Just the increase in frequency would lead me to believe an increase in range but it is not the case.  I instead saw a quicker dropoff in range, with a dropoff in speed consistency.  This might be due to the fact that the power consumption of this unit is half as much as the previous DI-524.  The DI-524 is rated at 5V@2.4A (~12W), the DIR-601 is rated for 5V@1.2A (~6W).

Lastly, the rest (which no one really cares about...lets be serious here.  All people care about with routers are speed and range, right? :) ).The router configuration page is a major upgrade from older D-Link units (including my DI-524).  The old D-Link router config page looked like something out of the Netscape Navigator days.  The new one, with this DIR-601 unit, looks quite a bit more modern and offers a lot more features and options.  The only caveat is that you are not directed to the advanced options by default.  Maybe there is a way to turn this off, but everytime you go into the configuration page you are presented with a page to either select use the wizard or do manual configuration (the latter of which allows you to access all the advanced options).  Also, like all previous D-Link configuration pages, every change you make forces the router to do a full reset which is quite annoying.  Nothing has changed with D-Link...oh well.  Power consumption is rather low (as mentioned above).  5V@1.2A (~6W).  Considering the unit it replaced was used sparingly, it is nice to know I am wasting less electricity.  I doubt I will ever get to the point were I recoup the $20 value by just the energy consumption alone, but this wasn't on my mind when I bought the unit.

Not much else to say.  The 50+% speed boost was worth the $20 for a router that is used sparingly, but if you are looking for a full blown 802.11n solution that can be used to stream HD content over a wireless network I do not think the DIR-601 should be your choice.  4.2MBps is 32-33mbps which SHOULD be enough to stream HD content, but it all depends on the quality of the content.  Content that I have compressed at 10-15mbps streams fine, while uncompressed content at higher bitrates stutters.  As such I would label this router 802.11g+ not 802.11n.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 20
Driver Availability: Don''t Know


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


1-14 of 14 best deals

Features Specifications Input Voltage : AC 100-240V (Worldwide AC Input)Input Frequency : 50-60Hz Industry Quality : Over Voltage Protection, Over Hea...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0

Free Shipping
SPECIFICATION OEM equivalent part, 100% Compatible, Brand New.High Quality AC Wall Power Charger (non-OEM)Input: 100V-240V AC output:5V Type:Wall char...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
Free Shipping
Equipped with a NAT firewall with SPI, WPA, WPA2 and WPS security features and VPN pass-through support, this wireless router allows secure wireless W...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
+$7.95 shipping
Equipped with a NAT firewall with SPI, WPA, WPA2 and WPS security features and VPN pass-through support, this wireless router allows secure wireless W...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
+$5.80 shipping
Brand new , never use .
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
+$14.99 shipping
YUUUUP11 Store D-LINK WIRELESS N 150 HOME ROUTER DIR-601.P LEASE REVIEW PICTURES FOR MORE DETAILS AND INFO ON CONDITION. THE ITEM(S) IN THE PICTURES W...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
+$5.00 shipping
Equipped with a NAT firewall with SPI, WPA, WPA2 and WPS security features and VPN pass-through support, this wireless router allows secure wireless W...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
+$12.00 shipping
Equipped with a NAT firewall with SPI, WPA, WPA2 and WPS security features and VPN pass-through support, this wireless router allows secure wireless W...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
Free Shipping
Equipped with a NAT firewall with SPI, WPA, WPA2 and WPS security features and VPN pass-through support, this wireless router allows secure wireless W...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
Free Shipping
Equipped with a NAT firewall with SPI, WPA, WPA2 and WPS security features and VPN pass-through support, this wireless router allows secure wireless W...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
+$13.00 shipping
Equipped with a NAT firewall with SPI, WPA, WPA2 and WPS security features and VPN pass-through support, this wireless router allows secure wireless W...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
Free Shipping
Equipped with a NAT firewall with SPI, WPA, WPA2 and WPS security features and VPN pass-through support, this wireless router allows secure wireless W...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
+$5.97 shipping
D-Link DIR-601 Wireless-N 150 Home Router, Free Shipping, New Details: Manufacturer: D-Link Size: One Size Color: Black Item Dimensions: Length: 10.9 ...
eBay
Store Rating: 4.0
Free Shipping
D-Link DIR-601 Wireless 802. 11n N150 Router
Sears Marketplace
Store Rating: 3.0
1-14 of 14 best deals     Why are these stores listed?