D-Link DIR-880L Review

DIR880L has an average rating of 4.25 out of 5 based on 4 user reviews.
TPLink Archer C9D-Link DIR-880L
WiFi PerformanceAC1900 WiFi (600 + 1300 Mbps)AC1900 WiFi (600 + 1300 Mbps)
WiFi Band2.4GHz & 5GHz2.4GHz & 5GHz
Ethernet Ports4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
4 Gigabit LAN port
1 Gigabit WAN port
USB Ports1 USB 3.0 port
1 USB 2.0 port
1 USB 3.0 port
1 USB 2.0 port
Processor1GHz dual-core1GHz dual-core
AntennasThree detachable antennasThree dual band high-gain antennas
MSRP$189.99$179.99

The D-Link DIR-880L is a router that efficiently distributes bandwidth, provides decent levels of speed and assists you in easily monitoring the network through wireless technology.

Features

While the router doesn’t score too high in terms of performance, it certainly provides decent speed for its price range. Within the same category, Asus and Linksys routers cost more for the same features.

The Dlink DIR-880L is a dual-band model that provides frequencies of 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz for the wireless network. Additionally, you can easily setup a guest network on any of the frequencies.

It has one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, making it easy to connect scanners, printers and storage devices. A power button, WAN port and four-port gigabit Ethernet switch is available at the rear of the device. The firmware of the router is pretty basic but it does provide Quality of Service feature that delegates more resources for your preferred activities, such as online gaming, voice over internet protocol (VoIP) calls and video streaming that normally lag due to slower data transfer rates.

Parental controls can be assigned on the D-Link DIR-880L, but the features are limited. As a parent, you can block websites and choose when to grant Internet access to your kids.

Design

The D-Link DIR-880L is a sleek device that comes with three over-sized antennas that can easily be removed. You can even upgrade the antennas if you wish. Moreover, there are slots for LED lights located at the top that indicate the power, Internet connectivity, 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz frequencies and two USB ports. It can be placed on a flat surface. Another option is to mount it on the wall.

The D-Link DIR-880L also supports SharePort, which displays music, videos, photos and other files in a neatly organized way, making it easy to manage, edit and delete different files. On the downside, you will only be able to view one file at a time.

The router does a good job at distributing the available resources uniformly throughout the network, but the speeds are just about average. You can stream videos, play games, browse the Internet and perform other functions with ease. But if you are looking for very fast download speeds, this will not be your pick.

Setup

Setup is largely simplified on this device. To complete basic configuration, you can use a Web browser or D-Link’s QRS mobile application that is available for mobiles running on Android or iOS operating systems. Apart from basic router setup, the application allows you to manage different networks connected to the router.

The router comes with a pre-configured password for its wireless networks. However, it is essential to note that the router’s admin interface does not come with a password. When you first access it, you will be prompted to create one.

Conclusion

All in all, the D-Link DIR-880L is a budget router with average speeds and handy online management tools. SharePort technology and mobile app support make it extremely easy to manage networks, create a guest network and complete router setup. It is a good choice for anyone looking for a simple Internet connection at light to moderate speed. Also, it is one of the few routers in the market that offers two USB ports making it easy to connect the router to a printer and a storage device simultaneously. While it lacks several advanced features, the D-Link DIR-880L is a good buy for its price.

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User Reviews

Submitted By: naynesh44

If you have a big, complicated network, this is not the right router for you, but I’m sure it works just fine if you connect one computer to it. I had a hard time configuring port forwarding on this router, every time you make a configuration change, you have to reboot the router which takes a few minutes. I spent several hours rebooting this router and I couldn’t get it to work. In the end I returned it and bought the Asus 68u. I was able to setup the asus in 15 minutes.

Submitted By: Jbrft3

Good stable router, have a Win 8, 2 MacBooks, 2 smart phones, and a couple of printers connected wirelessly. Good range and speed, great support. Choose it because of good reviews. Not as raved about as some Netgear and Asus routers, but it has nowhere near the one year failure rates as Netgear and Asus. A friend had a Nighthawk that bricked after 6 months….

Submitted By: Nelson Rodriguez

The set-up basically involved plug and play. The D-Link web page is easy to navigate, understand and use. Just choose a SSID and password. The settings were super easy to configure. The 5 GHz range is really great. I keep the unit in a closed cabinet and have had no problems with connection or overheating.

Submitted By: Dan

Have a big house with five kids and lots of devices. I went from four Mbps to 62 Mbps in my 3rd floor bedrooms. Handles multiple Netflix and Pandora streams at the same time. The connection has been stable and price is coming down.Plenty of slightly faster and better routers out there, could not find any without paying another 40 dollars and not sure I would notice the speed difference. My internet connect to house is less then 100 Mbps so having a billion Mbps would not make any difference.