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At 246. But Turbo QAM isnt the 880Ls only trick. Yes D-Link is among the last to the party, but in coupling the 880L with an eminently affordable price tag it suggests good things come to those who wait. Confusingly D-Link still offers its mydlink Cloud app on both iOS and Android despite no updates in two years, so be advised it is the mydlink Lite app you want. Yes white is the first word which comes to mind with the 880L since D-Link has managed to colour code every single part of it.
0 and 1x USB 2. The snag is it requires a Turbo QAM compatible wireless receiver to reap the benefits on this, such as the Asus PCE-AC68 which is our standard wireless receiver for testing. If we have a grumble it is that upon initial connection the router doesnt automatically open a new browser tab to begin the setup process, you have to type the URL in yourself but it is hardly a major issue. Its three dual-band dipole antennas are significantly larger than anything we’ve seen on any rival router and they are backed by SmartBeam compliance.
Yes it is plastic like all other routers they need to be able to work with or without external antennas, but it is solidity put together, well ventilated and has brackets for wall mounting. SEE ALSO: Best Routers RoundupD-Link DIR-880L FeaturesIn hopping aboard the AC1900 bandwagon the 880L plays some familiar cards: a full fat 1300Mbit 802. In fact the only bits that escape the white treatment are the ports and power button hidden at the rear and the top mounted activity lights which are blue. The whole experience is extremely slick and D-Link deserves a pat on the back for catching up to Linksys, which has long been the leader here.
SEE ALSO: Best Powerline AdaptersD-Link DIR-880L SetupAs one of the major router manufacturers D-Link has long had a smooth setup process and the 880L continues this tradition and builds upon it. How the latter figure is achieved is by Turbo QAM, a proprietary technology from Broadcom used to boost 802. Black cabling in particular is a plague on smart living room design and so D-Links choices get a big thumbs up from us. Linksys, Asus and TRENDnet all did it and now D-Link has followed the same path ditching its much loved cylindrical form factor for something altogether meaner and whiter.
With the 880L D-Link has updated the look and feel of its router UI and the result is a top notch experience with smart walk through wizard and a wholly new look and feel which is both fresh and intuitive more shots in the Photos link at the top of the page. D-Link DIR-880L DesignYou can always tell when a router is important to its manufacturer because they spend time thinking up a completely new design. There are also dual USB ports, with the standard combination of 1x USB 3.
Major categories are split into ‘Settings’, ‘Features’ and ‘Management’ and the Home page has a useful graphic of your whole network where it is possible to click on individual devices, view their details and change settings. Like Linksys, D-Link is also one of the few router makers to offer a Cloud platform to access and control the router remotely.4 x 47. In addition there is the usual combination of 4x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x Gigabit LAN and WPS, WPA/WPA2 wireless security.
9 x 190.0 makes a difference to speed tests across a network.11n on the ageing 2. The build quality is good as well.
It is a similarly positive story with the mobile apps: clean lines, simple, useful control and snappy operation.11n which leads to the enlarged AC1900 figure. That not only means white insets and antennas to match the body, but even a white power cable and plug and bundled white Ethernet cable. The good news is with the wealth of AC1900 routers appearing many more Turbo QAM receivers are in the works.
0, not that weve found USB 3.4GHz band. This can be done both by web browser or Android and iOS apps more of which below. A premium version 64p enables remote access to connected security cameras and is something D-Link should perhaps make free.
Consequently the 880L is a real style statement which is likely to have particular appeal with Apple fans.2 mm and 745g it is one of the larger routers weve tested, but its low profile means it doesnt draw too much attention.What is the D-Link DIR-880LThe 880L is D-Links long awaited step into the top end AC1900 bracket already inhabited by Linksys, Asus, Netgear and TRENDnet.11ac implementation with 3×3 antenna array and bolstered 600Mbit 802. End of story. Have a great day guys!