D-Link DIR-605L with mydlink
Easy setup; cloud friendly
D-Link has been a solid brand in home and small office networking for some time. The DIR-605L is the first router that we’ve tested that’s part of the mydlink-enabled family of devices. mydlink is a service that allows you to control and monitor devices either from a web browser or using an iOS app over the internet.
If you’re looking for a super-fast, high powered device, then the DIR-605L is not for you. With only single-band Wi-Fi and lacking Gigabit Ethernet, the DIR-605L is an entry level device. However, unless you need blazing performance, it’s still a decent unit.
Wireless range was solid and provided adequate coverage in our office and home tests. Unlike many other home routers, there wasn’t a USB port either so it can’t be used for sharing storage or printers.
mydlink is an interesting service. We connected both the DIR-605L and a D-Link DCS-930L camera to our mydlink account. Using a web browser and iPhone app we were able to watch video from the camera – which can be set to send you an email and record video when it detects movement, making it a cheap security camera – and access the router’s status and manage a few settings.
In particular, it was possible to block devices from connecting to the network remotely and change wireless settings should you think your security was compromised.
However, the iPad app only let us view the camera and not any of the router settings.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
If you’re looking for a basic router that’s easy to use and you’re on a tight budget, there’s a lot to like about the D-Link DIR-605L. Just don’t expect trail-blazing performance.