- Ports: 4x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
- MIMO: Yes
- Network Standard: 802.11a/g/n/ac, 802.3/u
- Encryption: WPS, WPA, WPA2
- Beautiful design
- Great performance
- Packed with features
Not A Pyramid Scheme
Network device manufacturers D-Link looks set to go all out in terms of both design and performance with its latest wireless router, the D-Link DIR-890L AC3200. Featuring cutting edge looks and components, the company is banking on this router to bring users the fastest network speeds money can buy.
The DIR-890L is unlike any other routers we’ve seen before, design-wise. The device itself is shaped like a pyramid of some sort, with a metallic red chassis enhancing its menacing looks. Placed around the router are six antennas which provides users with really strong coverage.
Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the DIR-890L router is a tri-band router, with frequencies of 2.4GHz and two 5.0GHz bands which can be used for either fast internet speeds, or faster network file transfer speeds, whichever you need more.
At the back are four Gigabit Ethernet ports, which ensures that you get the fastest speeds out of your cable connection, if you should choose that route. Two USB ports make up the rest of the connectivity options at the back of the router, with one USB 2.0 port for printers, and one USB 3.0 port for other media devices that require a faster data transfer rate.
Packed with features, the DIR-890L has support for a variety of connection types, including DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, DS-Lite and even IPv6, if your ISP ever decides to move in that direction. From the settings page, you can also do things like set Quality of Service options, choose which 802.11 connection to use (supports all the way up to ac) and even set up services such as DLNA media servers, Windows File Sharing and Web File Access.
The graphical user interface for the router is also very user friendly, with some options such as the QoS even allowing its users to drag and drop to set network priority levels. Thanks to the UI, setting up your internet connection for use with UniFi is also a painless task.
Performance-wise, the DIR-890L router does a pretty good job at both transmitting the advertised internet speeds as well as local network transfer speeds. We managed to get a consistent 10Mbps on our UniFi connection, while local transfer speeds are fast enough to stream Full HD movies from a file server without lag.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The D-Link DIR-890L router is one of the most impressively-designed routers we’ve seen, both in terms of looks and performance. It is admittedly on the expensive side, but if you’re looking for a router with many bells and whistles included, this is one for you to consider.
(previously published in issue October 2015)