Nov 27

D-Link Dualband HD Media Cloud Router DIR-857 Description

Amplifi your wireless home network with the D-Link Dualband HD Media Router (DIR-857) optimized for high quality HD video and blazing speed online gaming. HD Fuel technology lets you watch Netflix and Vudu, play online with your Wii or XBox 360 or make Skype calls- all without the worry of skipping or latency experienced with standard routers. With the DIR-857, enjoy the highest dual band performance available, streaming HD movies and surfing the web at the same time without skipping or lag.

HD Fuel – Uninterrupted HD video streaming and lag-free gaming with automatic prioritization of bandwidth
Dual-band – Maximizes throughput and reduces network interference for great HD video streaming and connectivity
SharePort™ Mobile – Convenient access to your media files from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device with USB.
4 Gigabit Ports – Incredible wired network speeds – ideal for gamers and HD movie fans.

Wirelessly Access Your Favorite Videos, Music and Photos with SharePort Mobile

With the free SharePort Mobile app and industry-exclusive USB 3.0 port, you can access your favorite videos, music and photos on a connected USB device wirelessly from your tablet or Smartphone. The friendly interface lets you easily find your files by category, whether you’re looking for music, video or documents. With DLNA, the HD Media Router 3000 not only connects to any Ethernet-equipped device, but virtually any device, automatically.

Give Your Digital Entertainment The Bandwidth It Deserves. Give It HD Fuel.

With HD Fuel to automatically manage traffic flow, the HD Media Router 3000 prioritizes your high-bandwidth traffic applications (Netflix, Vudu, XBox 360, VoIP) so that they get the speed they need. Imagine uninterrupted 1080p HD video streams, clear Skype calls, and lag-free online gaming – a clear step up from problems common to ‘standard’ routers. D-Link HD Media Routers are the only routers that automatically prioritize bandwidth. With HD Fuel you can even manually prioritize bandwidth by both application and device. HD Fuel is the ultimate traffic management system and best way to stay in complete command of your digital entertainment.

Dual Band = Unlimited Connectivity for all your Devices

Dual-band wireless means you get two networks operating simultaneously (2.4HGHz and 5GHz), with each network transferring up to 450 Mbps. Surf the Web and check email on the 2.4GHz band, and run your high definition audio and video digital entertainment center and gaming systems on the clearer 5GHz band. The 5GHz band offers less interference from appliances, cordless phones and competing wireless devices.

Gigabit Ethernet Ports = Unlimited Home Networking

The HD Media Router 3000 includes 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports with industry-exclusive True Gigabit technology to ensure that your favorite Ethernet-enabled devices get the most out of their wired connection. HDTVs, the Boxee Box by D-Link, Xbox 360, Blu-Ray Players – connect them all simultaneously. HD Fuel organizes and manages your traffic flow, and True Gigabit technology gives you truly high speeds, so you get seamless 1080p HD video streams and online gaming without annoying glitches or lags.

Instantly Share Your Favorite Photos and Videos Across Your Network

We’ve included an SD card slot for quickly sharing HD media files like video. Show your photos, videos and documents immediately just by inserting your SD card into the slot.

Simple Setup. Serious Security

You can even set up your network from your iPhone or iPad with our free QRS Mobile application. With push-button connectivity and 128-bit security encryption standard, adding devices to your secure home network is as simple as plug and play. The HD Media Router 3000 is Wireless G backwards-compatible.

D-Link Dualband HD Media Cloud Router DIR-857 Reviews

The good: The D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000 offers stellar Wi-Fi performance on the 5GHz frequency band and a nice set of useful features. The router is easy to use and has an effective QoS feature to help fuel HD media streaming, gaming, and VoIP.

The bad: The D-Link DIR-857 doesn’t offer 802.11ac and its performance on the 2.4GHz band is lacking. The router’s built-in network storage performance doesn’t come close to the speed of USB 3.0.

The bottom line: Though not perfect, the D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000 makes a great router for homes thanks to its top-notch performance on the 5GHz band and a nice set of features.

The D-Link DIR-857 HD Media Router 3000 is a step up from the recently reviewed DIR-827. This is the top model in D-Link’s Amplifi HD Media router family, offering true dual-band (simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz) with each frequency band being capable of offering up to 450Mbps Wi-Fi speed. The DIR-827 is also a true dual-band router but each of its bands can handle only 300Mbps.

While there are several other N900 routers on the market, such as the Asus RT-N66U and the Linksys E4200v2, the DIR-857 is the first among its peers that also offers USB 3.0 and an SD card slot to host storage for the network.

In real-world testing the router offered stellar data rates on the 5GHz band. Its 2.4GHz band, however, was just about average among similarly configured routers. To make up for that, its HD Fuel feature — a special Quality of Service feature that automatically prioritizes traffic for media streaming — worked very well in my trials, making the router, at about $180, an excellent buy for those who stream a lot of HD video, either from the Internet or within the local network.

And for those who are not big on streaming, the router will still make a great choice, ranking among the best N900 routers on the market.

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