The D-Hyperlink EXO AC2600 router (DIR-882) has the whole lot you’d count on and extra for $150. (It is round £125 within the UK, and it is AU$350 on D-Hyperlink’s Australian web site.) It is a dual-band 802.11ac router with one 2.4GHz band and one 5GHz band, having theoretical speeds of 800Mbps and 1.7Gbps, respectively. MU-MIMO permits it to speak with a number of units on the identical time and Superior AC Smartbeam (D-Hyperlink’s intelligent identify for beamforming) will assist rejuvenate Wi-Fi lifeless zones in your house.

The DIR-882 has all of the options you need, together with two USB ports (three.zero and a pair of.zero) for connecting community storage or a printer, quad-stream expertise for optimum sign power and DLNA (Digital Residing Community Alliance) media server help to allow you to stream media between your units.

And it is actually, actually quick. Take a look at the efficiency numbers on the subsequent web page. The one draw back to this router is having to attend 20-30 seconds each time you replace and save a setting. Nontechies will not often, if ever, have to do that although.

The D-Hyperlink DIR-882 is nice for anybody with a big dwelling that wants whole Wi-Fi protection. It provides constant alerts and loads of options. Whether or not you desire a absolutely customizable router or one which’s just about plug and play, the D-Hyperlink EXO AC2600 router will maintain your community operating the way in which you need it to.

Small router, enormous antennas

The DIR-882 has an all-black design and a low profile apart from its 4 excessively lengthy antennas (they’re virtually 7 inches). It will likely be onerous to cover them among the many knickknacks in your cabinets, however wall mount holes exist on the underside that would assist. The router itself could be very skinny and broad, and really mild at simply 1.25 kilos (570 grams).

The most effective and worst half about its design is that it has six small inexperienced and purple LEDs on prime for energy, web, 2.4GHz, 5GHz and two USBs. It is good that they do not flash too brightly, however in a recurrently lit room, it is very troublesome to see which of them are literally on in case you aren’t taking a look at them instantly from lower than three toes (1 meter) away.

You get your normal 4 gigabit LAN ports and one gigabit WAN port for web. However its two USB ports — for storage, printers or cellphone charging — is a superb discover for a router at this value. The ultrafast USB three.zero port is difficult to achieve though it is on the entrance. The USB 2.zero port is on the again subsequent to the Ethernet ports and buttons for energy, reset, WPS and Wi-Fi.

D-Hyperlink put a USB three.zero port on the entrance, but it surely’s a little bit awkward.

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General, the design is not very spectacular, however D-Hyperlink stays constant from most of its earlier fashions. The DIR-882 is a far cry, although, from a few of its cool extraterrestrial trying routers, just like the dazzling DIR-879.

Simple setup, lengthy wait occasions when altering settings

The setup course of is tremendous straightforward and is nice for individuals who simply need their community up and operating rapidly. D-Hyperlink has an app referred to as QRS Cell that you should utilize to arrange your router or configure it remotely.

I went with the browser-based methodology, connecting the router to my modem through an Ethernet cable and utilizing D-Hyperlink’s helpful dandy configuration card (only a piece of paper with wi-fi data that got here within the field) to start. I ran the setup wizard, up to date the community identify and password, set the router password and clicked Completed. The firmware was already updated. Simple peasy.

Or so I believed.

It seems that each time you modify a setting and click on Save, you must wait as much as 30 seconds for it to take impact. For many individuals, this may not matter since you’ll most likely virtually by no means have to replace your router settings, however for anybody who likes to customise their community, it is going to be a ache. The menu additionally robotically logs you out after about three minutes of inactivity.

The minimalistic DIR-882 menu does supply quite a lot of customization choices although, so prepare to attend round if you wish to arrange a VPN, configure port forwarding, prioritize units or arrange parental controls.

Sensible Join (D-Hyperlink’s identify for band-steering) is enabled by default, permitting the router to robotically swap between its 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, ideally providing you with the most effective connection doable. You will have to disable this function if you wish to change the 802.11 mode, channel or channel width, amongst different settings. IPv6 addresses are additionally robotically enabled to maintain your units linked and safe sooner or later.

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