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Tech: D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Reviewed
Post by Eorl @ 03:52pm 07/08/14 | Comments
We take D-Link's latest router, the DIR-880L AC1900, for a test run to find out just what D-Link has in store...

What is the D-Link DIR-880L?

As routers become more advanced over time, the biggest question on anyone’s mind when considering a new device is what exactly does one offer over another? Why am I required to spend exuberant amounts of money on a device that will likely sit in a corner and gather dust? The answer is usually two things: speed and quality.

Design-wise, the 880L is extremely well made with a sturdy feel but a light weight that you’d expect from a router. With three very lengthy antennas, you don’t have to worry about the signal dropping out in a typical house design. I was supplied with a black coloured router for my review, however a white one is in circulation if that’s your fancy. With well-aired vents and wall mounting capabilities, this is a router that you’d want to show off to non-tech head friends and family proudly.



Performance

The 880L performs extremely well as you would expect from a D-Link product, though how well is the real question. Situating the router in my house I’ve found that I can now wander around almost all corners without worrying about drop outs, a much needed change from just utilising the Telstra cable modem supplied. While my current house is quite old with some asbestos walls and rather thick material, the router’s strength still pushes through without any speed quality changes.

At close proximity, I was able to record a whopping near 80 Mbps speed on the 802.11ac setting. Moving to around the 10-15 meter mark speed dropped to roughly 50 Mbps, a change I was more than satisfied with. Those who game on mobile or handheld devices will also be happy to hear that the extraordinary range will allow you to go well beyond typical boundings, offering true mobility while not worrying about lack of Internet access.

Setup for the router was extremely easy, with a literal plug-and-play method being used. Tweaking was possible through the easy-to-use web interface, though general users won’t need to worry outside the typical wireless password changes. Due to the use of Cloud control, users can also utilise a Android or iOS app to modify settings externally, though I wasn’t able to test how well these platforms worked due to some account issues (the Cloud settings require a D-Link account).

Dual-band is also an absolutely amazing feature, and one that I hope other routers and modems help bring this feature to mass market. With the ability to tie down specific MAC addresses to either the 3GHz or 5GHz bands, it definitely helps split up the churning traffic of devices that require far higher speeds than something like the fridge or TV.



Verdict

Herein lies the crux of this review, in that the D-Link DIR-880L is quite an expensive device for something that will act not as a modem, but rather as a router. But, the price is more than justified when the end gain is far better than not having the router. With the ability to link up to cloud, modify settings through an internal or external browser and ensure a steady gigabit network speed, the D-Link DIR-880L is definitely a router you should look at.

D-Link DIR-880L Technical Specs
  • Up To 1.9Gbps Data Rate
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5GHz
  • 1x USB 3.0 / 1x USB 2.0
  • 4x Gigabit LAN / 1x Gigabit WAN
  • Beamforming (SmartBeam)
  • Advanced QoS
  • WPS
  • Pros
  • Great speeds for price of product
    Exceptional build quality
    Intuitive interface and new-user friendly
  • Cons
  • Good Coverage, But Not Quite The Best




  • Our D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 was provided to us by D-Link for review purposes.