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D-Link DIR-685 Wireless N Storage Router And 4 Port Switch @Play.com for £79.99
D-Link DIR-685 Wireless N Storage Router And 4 Port Switch @Play.com for £79.99

D-Link DIR-685 Wireless N Storage Router And 4 Port Switch @Play.com for £79.99

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The D-Link DIR-685 Wireless N Storage Router meshes style with technology to offer a simple yet sleek design, ideal for deploying in the home. This all-in-one desktop device combines the functions of an wireless Internet router, network storage device, digital photo frame and print server for the ultimate user experience. Using a wide range of latest technologies, it provides an attractive alternative to installing multiple home devices to bring users flexibility, simplified
setup and energy savings.

Fast Wireless Connection:
The DIR-685's embedded draft 802.11n WLAN interface delivers superior wireless speed and range, far better than 802.11g, while remaining backward compatible with 802.11g devices. Hidden inside this router are multiple powerful MIMO antennas especially designed for larger homes and users running bandwidth intensive applications. The DIR-685 also comes with a 4-port 10/100/1000 Gigabit switch to connect multiple wired devices such as computers, media players and game consoles for fast file transfer and lag-free online gaming.

Up To 500GB Of Storage For Photos & Streaming Music/Video:
A compact 2.5" hard drive with up to 500GB disk space can be placed inside this router to act as network storage. Without any cumbersome cables or protruding antennas, you can wirelessly share this disk space among family members, stream stored music and video to media players attached to stereo systems or TV, and provide remote access to your personal documents from the Internet.

Display Photos & View Internet Content:
Place this router on your desk and display your favorite photos on its large, 3.2" high-resolution color screen. Select functions and navigate to monitor router/hard drive status or view time/date, using the front-panel buttons. Preset Internet channels display weather forecasts, news or sport events.

Share Multifunction Printers & 3G Mobile Internet Connection:
Through the SharePortTM Network USB Utility, you can connect multifunction printers to the USB ports to share printing and scanning functions among family members. The USB ports also support D-Link 3G adapter connection, so you can bring your router along when you travel and connect it to a 3G mobile service to provide Internet access to a group.

36 Comments

DAMN, i want this but would need to sell my own one :-(

seems like a lot of tech for your dollars, and a good price to boot, not in the market for one, but if you could run linux or ddwrt on this baby, i`d buy one in a minute.

if its hackable, i can see this becoming a must have for anyone linux / ddwrt inclined.

would this work with a bt line?

That looks almost as cool as Jack Bauer in a black mask!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_s4oDBszE_5E/S_INPIiizAI/AAAAAAAACFg/icqE3t2ymSE/s320/1.png

Was fully expecting to come on and post about how ridiculous a price for a N router....but what a fantastic bit of kit!!

Must resist!

VERY interesting device.
will have to read up more on it's torrenting ability first.

Would be a must buy if it supported 5Ghz.

Noisey according to the Reg:

reghardware.com/200…85/

looks nice

Minstadave;8750302

Noisey according to the Reg:



I think thats a small price to pay considering what this thing claims to do! :-D

Borat;8749783

would this work with a bt line?



not directly no, its not an ADSL router. you could connect it to an ADSL modem or router though.

Minstadave;8750302

Would be a must buy if it supported 5Ghz.



I second that... shame as I'm in the market for a really good 5GHZ N Router & this would have fitted the bill nicely if it had it Goof find though by the OP in terms of discount... :thumbsup:

nice find, good price for a N/gigabit router/switch let alone all the other stuff it does

I want this, I have no need for it but I want it. H&R

does it only work with a dlink 3G dongle? or can i use my voda Huwaei one?

Don't need.... WANT!

I even have a spare 2.5" 320gb drive ready to throw in.

Never own one of these so cannot comment.
Netgear WNDR3700 for some extra money works extremely well for me

Minstadave;8750302

Would be a must buy if it supported 5Ghz.Noisey according to the … Would be a must buy if it supported 5Ghz.Noisey according to the Reg:http://www.reghardware.com/2009/07/28/review_storage_network_dlink_extreme_dir_685/



These run noisy & hot, I wanted one then i realised I could never put anything important on the drive as it didn't support RAID1 being its only got one drive.

I'll stick with my QNAP TURBO NAS...

The picture side of it seems a bit of a gimmick, I've had picture frames before and they just end up getting switched off and put in the draw or given away..


If its 5ghz that's a good feature (for now)

geeadamg;8753128

I want this, I have no need for it but I want it. H&R


+1

Don't need this, but I could use it.

Apparently it's only noisy when the hard drive (yes, it accepts a 2.5" HDD - not supplied - to turn it into a NAS) is in use, at other times it is silent. I already have a NAS so would have no need to use the HDD functionality in this anyway, but it sure is purdy!

It looks like it would make a pretty sub-standard NAS, but then again it's a Gigabit wireless router that happens to have NAS capability. It's surely never going to compete with the likes of QNAS or Netgear ReadyNAS so why hold it to such unrealistic standards?

EDIT: Also bear in mind TheReg's review says the £199 price tag (as it was then) was reasonable. I wonder how they would rate it at half the price?

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surely that one is more specced?

I know very little about routers but I am after one that has a really wide broadcast area as my house is three storeys and want to have an office upstairs but the broadband point is downstairs, running printer, xbox and couple of laptops. Anyone know if this will do the trick or kindly point me in the right direction?
My current router is a few years old and can only get wireless up to the second floor.

Thanks

How does this compare to the Apple Airport Extreme. Obviously cheaper, and has the screen (possibly a gimmick) but otherwise has similar functionality. Looking for something along these lines...

aidanbrowne;8753549

I know very little about routers but I am after one that has a really … I know very little about routers but I am after one that has a really wide broadcast area as my house is three storeys and want to have an office upstairs but the broadband point is downstairs, running printer, xbox and couple of laptops. Anyone know if this will do the trick or kindly point me in the right direction?My current router is a few years old and can only get wireless up to the second floor.Thanks



wireless signals are very directional, i would suggest upgrading the router to a wireless-n spec because of the use of multiple antennas in the device. This should increase your through put and coverage of the house.

If this does not work you could also look at the powerline option (plugs with network ports in) or moving the router to the second floor.

geeadamg;8753128

I want this, I have no need for it but I want it. H&R



Welcome to my life.

willey;8753536

]http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=NW-088-LSsurely … ]http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=NW-088-LSsurely that one is more specced?



Forgive me if I have missed it, but that one doesn't act as a print server? Which is something I desperatley need since my old dlink usb print hub died

Fanmeister;8754359

Forgive me if I have missed it, but that one doesn't act as a print … Forgive me if I have missed it, but that one doesn't act as a print server? Which is something I desperatley need since my old dlink usb print hub died



well spotted, but 5ghz

B0GiE;8754657

55% on … 55% on http://www.reghardware.com/2009/07/28/review_storage_network_dlink_extreme_dir_685/no adsl either.voted cold



ugh, I can't even be bothered to reply now apart from saying "le sigh..."

Only use 5Ghz if there's a clear path between you and the router beacuse if there's a wall then the signal will degrade considerably. I can't even get a signal if I take my laptop downstairs but with 2.4Ghz Wireless N I get a great signal.

I would have bought one of these if it had an ADSL modem built in. I almost did until I realised there was no modem! Not bad value though but the reviews do say that it is noisy as a NAS.

Can I use this with my Be adsl modem/router?

The Register (tech website) reviewed this about a year ago. They gave it 55% and commented,

"A noisy and inadequate Nas and photo frame, but the compact design is … "A noisy and inadequate Nas and photo frame, but the compact design is appealing. If you’re short on space and power sockets and you’re deaf, then this could be the router for you."



Doesn't sound very appealing, even if the price is good.

If you just want good range in a large house - and aren't going to pound the connection - consider a pair of homeplugs and plug a cheap wireless router into the second homeplug to set up a second wireless network.

This has solved all my wireless range issues. No promises from a router manufacturer hold up to the real world, imo.

Link to instructions on setting up 2nd router: ]http//ww…tml

Total cost = pairs of homeplugs + 2nd router. Approx £50 + £20. Not much cheaper but at least it will do the job!

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You can claim a wireless N adapter before 30th of September if you buy one of these. Which brings the effective price to around £40.........

173.99 now!!!
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