• Ports: 2x USB 2.0, 4x RJ45 LAN, 1x RJ45 WAN, 1x DSL
  • Network Standard: 2.4GHz(IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11b), 5GHz(IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.11a),LAN/WAN(IEEE 802.3u,IEEE 802.3a)
  • Dimensions: 198 x 146 x 54mm
  • Weight: 302g
  • Pros:
  • 4G USB dongle support
  • Dual-band
  • Guest network
  • Cons:
  • None

Connecting Your Home

It’s no longer uncommon to see a house with high speed internet unlike before, and quite recently Internet Service Providers are beginning to up their hardware quality. But even with that, some power users would want greater control over their network and they would still go out to get a new router, especially one with dual-band capabilities and better signal strength.

The D-Link DSL-2877AL is an ADSL router that supports Unifi, Maxis and TIME so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. Setting up the router is very easy as well. All you need to have is your ISP username and password beforehand and fill in the required spaces and voila. For setup of the router its also pretty self-explanatory, just attach the antennas, connect the DSL or if you’re using a different modem just connect it to the WAN port.

Getting straight into the performance of the router, the wireless coverage of the router is great. The dual-band capabilities are our favourite and we would always recommend buying a router which has dual-band to avoid network congestion. Another thing we liked was the ability to create a guest network, so we don’t have to worry about handing out passwords, providing us with a mix of convenience and security.

The router can be controlled remotely using the mydlink Lite app or by web portal as long as you have internet. We would also like to point out the USB 2.0 ports which we used to transfer files over the network worked really well transferring small files. Of course, if it was USB 3.0 it would’ve been a lot quicker. Another cool feature is that it support 4G USB dongles, which means if you wanted to share your 4G mobile plan you got from let’s say Digi you can just plug that in and make it into a very large hotspot for friends.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The D-Link DSL-2877AL is an entry-level device but comes with a slew of features, if you’re looking for an easy to use router which supports multiple ISPs and 4G USB dongle, this is the router for you.

(previously published in issue June 2016)

D-Link DSL-2877AL