Confirmed that Windows 7 was set to obtain IP address automatically. Performed a release, renew, flushdns. Changed to default DNS on router (0.0.0.0;primary and secondary) and each machine's TCP/IP DNS to auto.
XP desktop machines work great with this router (20-25Mbps). Win7 laptop is using built-in Broadcom Netlink Gigabit Ethernet. Win7 was best performer (D/L, ping, U/L) last week with SB5101/DIR-604 and still is when DIR-655 is cut out of the loop (25-30Mbps). All machines U/L are about the same (3-4Mbps). Again, it is only when Windows 7 is connected to DIR-655 that the download speeds drop (after above changes, latest test down to 3Mbps; as stated XP 20-25Mbps). Windows 7 64 bit under performance occurs in IE 9 and Opera.
davevt31, spent a lot of time trying to find the problem within Windows 7. Turned off IPv6 and changed many other settings before identifying that the problem was that the DIR-655 wasn't working with Windows 7 64.
As stated above, D-Link Support Rep said that this is a confirmed problem and that it would be resolved by updating firmware to 2.01NA. Unfortunately, she was wrong.