Apr 05

D-Link’s new flagship Wi-Fi router (DIR-895L) is a prime example of the arms race among networking vendors since the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard was introduced.

Manufacturers have been steadily launching new routers, with each iteration touting higher transfer speeds. But these speeds are aggregated across multiple wireless bands and do not reflect the actual bandwidth available for a single client device.

For instance, the D-Link DIR-895L is marketed as an AC5300 router (5,300Mbps), derived by adding the transfer speeds from its three wireless bands. For a single client such as a smartphone or tablet, the DIR-895L will not be any faster than a basic AC1300 router.

But the D-Link’s dual 5GHz and single 2.4GHz bands are useful for homes that are increasingly cluttered with Wi-Fi devices. Older clients that support slower Wi-Fi speeds can be put into their own wireless bands without affecting other faster devices. The router does this automatically via a feature dubbed Smart Connect.

Because of the competition among manufacturers, advanced features often make their way into routers before they are widely adopted. These features usually stay dormant till the manufacturer deems it appropriate to enable them via a firmware update.

Take the Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) feature, which is not yet supported by most Wi-Fi clients. This feature lets the router send data wirelessly to multiple clients at the same time. It is currently disabled on the D-Link DIR-895L.


Angular in profile, and with eight detachable and adjustable antennas, the red DIR-895L cuts an eye-catching figure. It can be mounted on a wall, though I am not comfortable doing so because the router is relatively heavy.

The DIR-895L has four Gigabit LAN ports at the back, along with a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port.

Features that you’d expect from a modern router, such as parental controls, guest networks and the ability to share files over the Internet, are all supported.

The router’s web-based interface looks slick and is easy to navigate. By default, advanced features are hidden from users to reduce screen clutter.

However, the router can take varying amounts of time (from 25 seconds to 80 seconds) to save changes made to the settings. The good thing is that the interface always indicates the exact amount of time it expects to take. Still, I was expecting the router’s dual-core processor to run faster.

Performance could be better. The router recorded an average download speed of 501Mbps, which is significantly lower than the top speed of 695Mbps managed by one of its rivals, the Asus RT-AC5300 ($469).

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Jul 06

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router D-Link DIR-890L/R Overview


Tri Band Wi-Fi

The AC3200 ULTRA Wi-Fi Router DIR-890L is like three wireless routers in one. It has a 2.4GHz wireless band offering speeds up to 600Mbps and two separate 5GHz wireless bands delivering speeds up to 1,300Mbps that all operate at the same time. That means more lag free online gaming, 4k media streaming,and Facetime on more devices throughout your home.


Smart Connect

Not all Wi-Fi bands are the same, but you don’t need to worry about that. With Smart Connect Technology, the ULTRA Wi-Fi Router chooses from the three Wi-Fi bands and automatically connects each device on your network to the best, clearest band available for the best connection every time.


Smart Beam Forming

Improves coverage by directing bandwidth to your devices as you move around your home. You can stream HD video, surf the web, skype your friends and play online games from wherever you are so you’ll always get the best experience.


Controlling Your Network Just Got Easier

Controlling your network by enabling parental controls, blocking unwanted devices, monitoring internet activity and creating Wi-Fi guest networks is easier than ever with our new interface.


More Antennas for More Coverage

Six high performance external antennas keep all of your mobile devices connected with stronger Wi-Fi coverage and superior performance.


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Sep 05

D-Link DIR-818L Wireless AC750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router Introduction

You already love the internet. Love your router too. The AC750 Wi-Fi Router comes in four different colors and is powerful enough to let you surf the web, play games and stream HD movies – all at the same time.



Next Generation AC750 Technology Increased speed, range, and reliability ensure coverage throughout your home.

Fast Gigabit Ports

Four 10/100/1000 Fast Gigabit ports give you high-speed wired connectivity.

Backward Compatibility

Works with existing and future Wi-Fi devices.

Dual Band Performance

Faster speeds with less Wi-Fi interference for maximum throughput.

mydlink Cloud Services

Remotely monitor your network using your smartphone or tablet.

Fast, Faster, Fastest:Gigabit Ports.

Four Gigabit LAN ports deliver high-speed wired connectivity giving you a seamless networking experience.

Get more total bandwidth, less congestion and better overall performance when you have multiple users accessing the same network.

AC Wi-Fi is Fast. Really, Really Fast.

AC means doing what you love on all your devices. Watch a movie. Game without lag. Upload pictures of your cat.
Whatever you’re into, AC Wi-Fi has your back.

Less Wireless Interference. More Internet Happiness.

A dual band router gives you two wireless networks in one.

Use the 2.4 GHz band for everyday internet activities like viewing photos and checking email. The clearer 5GHz is for more intensive activities like HD movies and gaming.

Less wireless congestion means you can do more on your network, all at the same time.


Access your content from anywhere.
Save your photos, music, videos, and documents to a USB drive and connect it to your router for instant access — anywhere, anytime, any device — with the free mydlink SharePort app.



Parental Control
Be in charge and decide what your kids can view on your home network.



It’s Easy to Setup

Our QRS app allows for ridiculously easy push button setup. It’s hassle-free and gets you online fast.


D-Link DIR-818L Wireless AC750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router Reviews

  • Next Generation AC750 technology – Latest high-speed AC Wi-Fi
  • Gigabit Ports – Four Gigabit LAN ports for high-speed wired connectivity
  • Better Wireless Experience – Dual-band operation reduces interference and works with existing wireless devices
  • USB Port – Create your own personal cloud
  • Easy setup – Get online in minutes with the quick router setup (QRS) app
  • Own Personal Cloud Storage – USB port so you can store and access your media files

Maximum wireless signal rate derived from draft IEEE 802.11ac and IEEE 802.11n specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. Wireless range and speed rates are D-Link relative performance measurements based on the wireless range and speed rates of a standard wireless product from D-Link. Maximum throughput based on D-Link 802.11ac devices.

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Sep 03

D-Link DIR-810L Wireless AC750 Dual-Band Router

This is the new entry level router in D-Link’s impressive DIR-8xx series, of which the DIR-880L flagship is our current benchmark. Sitting at the opposite end of the scale, the 810L sports an ultra-low price point to bring 802.11ac to the masses but are the inevitable compromises too much?


D-Link DIR-810L – Design

At just 156.5 x 113.2 x 53.6 mm and 184.7g the 810L is one of the smallest routers we’ve tested and a departure from the company’s usual midrange tubular design. Like the design departure in the 880L though D-Link has done well. The 810L’s gently curving fascia and subtle radial pattern are backed up with solid build quality such that this doesn’t feel like a cheap router. 

There are a couple of weak spots. The only notification lights are power (which flashes when WPS is activated) and Internet connectivity, while the front gets noticeably warm but never dangerously so. Ultimately the 810L is neat, small and will blend into most rooms – likely all the target market will care about. 


D-Link DIR-810L – Features

Given its key feature of AC wireless, the fact the 810L costs under £40 is quite frankly remarkable – but don’t get too excited. Unsurprisingly the 802.11ac configuration is the slowest available (433 theoretical megabits), slower than many premium (though more expensive) 802.11n routers. In combination with a 300Mbit 802.11n configuration the 810L called itself an AC750 device.

But this is misleading. Like the disappointing Asus RT-AC-52U, D-Link has equipped the 810L with both Fast Ethernet LAN and WAN ports. This limits both Internet and local network speeds to 100Mbps (12.5MBps) which equates to circa 11.5MBps in real world use. With many Internet connections over 100Mbps these days and even mainstream NAS boxes capable of 10x that, this will be a deal breaker for hardcore users but then again that’s not the target audience for this router.

If 100Mbit is good enough for you, then the rest of the specs should be too. The 810L supports D-Link’s ever improving ‘mydlink’ Cloud service for remote router access, WPS/WPA/WPA2 security and IPv6. The one niggle may be the absence of a USB port for networking a printer or external USB drive, but again it comes down to the target audience.


D-Link DIR-810L – Setup

What D-Link will be counting on in appealing to mainstream consumers is the pull of its brand and this extends to its user friendly setup. 

D-Link may not automatically open a browser tab like Asus and Linksys when you first connect to it, but typing (as detailed in the user manual) isn’t too much effort and from that point the setup wizard kicks in. The mydlink experience looks every bit as good as the DIR-880L, it works with D-Link’s mobile apps and for advanced users they can still access the venerable orange and black, text-based UI. 



  • Excellent range performance for the price
  • Smart, compact design
  • Simple setup
  • Incredibly low price



  • Throttled peak speeds a waste
  • Fast Ethernet
  • No USB port


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Aug 13

D-Link’s DIR-636L is a rather interesting entry to the router market. It has several high-end features combined with lower-budget hardware and a price to match. Let’s see how this odd mix performs in the real world. Read more wireless router reviews.

The first thing that stands out about the D-Link DIR-636L is the styling. It is a rather handsome shiny monolithic cylinder which is a welcome contrast to the standard flat black or grey boxes that are the usual form factor of a router.

The front of the D-Link DIR-636L has a single power indicator and a WAN indicator light. The ports are the now-standard line of four gigabit ethernet connectors and a single WAN connector.


There is also the welcome addition of a USB 2.0 port to allow you to connect hard drives or printers to your router. The router contains no fans which makes it blissfully silent in operation.

One of the first things of note about the D-Link DIR-636L is that this is a 2.4GHz-only router so you will not have access to the 5GHz channels to boost your close-range wireless performance.

However this is to be expected in a router that costs around £55. In fact for that price it is amazing that D-Link have included some features not present on routers costing twice that.

The most vaunted feature of this D-Link DIR-636L router is the cloud access. This means that you can connect the router to a hard drive via the USB 2.0 port and make its contents available, not not only to your local network, but to any web browser over the internet or your iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

However be aware that you can only stream video in formats that your iOS or Android device can play natively. For iOS and Android you will need to download the free SharePort app and login to your myDlink account. It should be noted that if you connect via an external router/modem, it must be in bridge mode in order to use the cloud services.

D-Link have added in some advanced features for parents allowing them the sort of control that before now only a dedicated proxy server could provide.

You can block access to websites by their web address and conversely you can block all access to the internet and only allow certain websites. This effectively creates a safe internet sandbox of websites that only you have allowed.

In addition to blocking features you can also install the myDlink app for iOS or Andriod. This app allows you to see a list of websites visited by devices connected to your router in real time.

D-Link DIR-636L: Performance

In terms of speed we shouldn’t expect blistering performance at this price and 2.4GHz radio band. However for a 2.4GHz router the speed at 1m was 92Mbps which is acceptable. The speed at 10m was 43Mbps which is also reasonable for this band.

There are faster 2.4GHz routers out there but until you jump to the 5GHz band there isn’t much in it. It’s worth noting that the 43Mbps bandwidth was enough to stream BBC iPlayer in HD, with a second computer web browsing at the same time.

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