D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router With 6 High Performance Beamforming Antennas (DIR-890L/R)
The D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-band Wi-Fi router is a flagship consumer router of D-Link. No doubt it is the most eye catching router and is also easy to use and fast with exceptionally stable Wi-Fi signal. When hosting an external hard drive, it also doubles as capable network storage.
Like all tri band AC3200 routers, the DIR-890 is overkill for most users but if you are living in a small house having lots of Wi-Fi compatible devices and you need a powerful and easy to use device then you will be happy with it.
Design and Hardware Of D-link ac3200 :
Rocking a completely unique design, the DIR-890 of D-Link looks more like a drone than a router. Dazzling in race-car red, it is surely the most attention seeking router. It is a huge router as others by measuring 15.2 × 9.7 × 4.7 inches and featuring six sprouting antennas. Its antennas are not detachable so you can’t count on replacing them with third-party of high gain antennas to increase your range.
The DIR-890 runs on a Broadcom dual-core 1 GHz processor. There are usual amount of network ports on the back, four Gigabit LAN ports and 1 Gigabit WAN (internet) port. It houses one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port which you can use to host an external hard drive or a printer. On the front, there is an array of lights running in a vertical line displaying the status of the Wi-Fi networks, the internet connection and the two USB ports.
As D-Link DIR-890 is a tri-band router, it has three separate built-in access points, one 2.4 GHZ access point that supports all 2.4GHz 802.11n/g/b Wi-Fi clients and caps at 600Mbps and two 5GHz access points that support 5GHz 802.11ac/n/a clients capping at 1,300Mbps each.
The router has a total bandwidth of 3,200Mbps at any given time by combining all of its access points. Since a client can connect to only one of those bands at a time, the top theoretical speed to a client remains 1,300Mbps at most.
The second 5GHz band is only used when there are multiple number of clients trying to connect to the router. It is extra helpful with clients of different Wi-Fi standards 802.11n, 802.11a or 802.11ac. In this case, fast clients will connect to one band and other clients will hook up to remaining bands allowing each of them to work at fastest speed without adversely affecting each other.
You can use DIR-890 either as three separate Wi-Fi networks one for each band or by combining all three into a single network in Smart Connect mode. The latter is also the default setting of the router and the router will automatically connect each client to optimal band.
Setup and Web Interface:
The DIR-890 is very easy to use and it comes pre-configured with a Wi-Fi network and password. You just have to plus in the router and connect it to an internet source such as cable modem or a DSL. Then run a browser after you connect a client to the network. The browser will launch the wizard that will guide you through few steps to finish the setup.
You can also change the Wi-Fi network’s name and password if you like. After that you get to router’s interface by pointing the browser to router’s default IP address which is 192.168.01 and you can find the setup wizard fro settings menu of the Web interface.
The DIR-890 uses new interface which is more polished and intuitive than the interface on previous D-Link routers. Inspite of old granular menus, it has now four category buttons for Home, Settings, Features and Management. When you mouse over these buttons, except for home which displays a visual network map, you will see a drop=down menu with sub-settings of each category.
It means you can easily access any part from any part of the interface without exiting the current section. Each icon exactly does what you expect it to. For example on the network map which is a great way to view your entire network, to interact with a connected client you can click on it. Each client has its own type-representation icon. The router also features a Quality of Service QoS feature by which you can quickly drag and drop connected clients to a different slot to prioritize internet access.
On the downside, you can put only one client in the top priority spot and also you can’t prioritize them based on other categories such as applications (media streaming, games and so on) and the type of internet traffic (surfing, download, voice over IP).
The interface also lacks depth for both features and setting throughout and has limited configuration options. For example, you can only reserve/unreserve an IP address for a client when that client is connected to router and you can’t manually edit the reservation list. It makes hard not only to know the IP address of a computer but also is impossible to move and IP address of a crashed computer to another without resetting the router.
More settings are limited. You can only create only 15 Web filtering and 15 port-forwarding rules. The Web filtering rules are very inflexible, you can either allow all users to access or block up to 15 websites. You can’t block certain client from certain websites during a certain time.
Overall the new interface is great for those who want something easy to use and simple. Savvy users will find it limited.
The DIR-890 includes D-Link’s cloud feature which allows you to manage your home network over the internet through MyDLink portal. The router also works as a VPN server which means you can create a profile to access your home network securely when you are out and about.
- Fast Wi-Fi performance
- Fast network storage speed
- Easy to use
- Limited features and configuration
- Antennas are not detachable
- Despite its lovely radical design, the D-Link DIR-890 doesn’t feature enough to justify its hefty cost.
D-Link AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router With 6 High Performance Beamforming Antennas (DIR-890L/R), D-Link Systems, Inc.
|Current Price||$323.95||January 13, 2018|
|Highest Price||$219.99||April 4, 2017|
|Lowest Price||$189.99||August 16, 2017|
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