D-Link DIR-890L Review
If you’re looking for a router that’s unobtrusive in your home, the tri-band D-Link DIR-890L/R isn’t it. It’s been described as looking like a space-age spider or a modern-day flying drone, and it’s the largest router by size out there right now. But it’s fast. Actually, it’s incredibly fast. That, coupled with a good interface and excellent customer service, puts this new D-Link router at the forefront despite a few initial problems with the firmware.
The new product from D-Link measures 15.2 by 9.7 by 4.7 inches, so it certainly isn’t small. It comes with six external antennas, four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit Internet port. It also has one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. On the front are status lights for the Internet connection, Wi-Fi, and Internet ports. The antennas are fixed and can’t be removed.
The DIR-890L/R is a tri-band router, which means that it has three access points: one in the 2.4GHz range for older equipment, and two in the 5GHz range. The 2.4GHz band tops out at 600 mbps, while the 5Ghz band tops out at 1,300 mbps. You can either set up the router with three different bands, or let its SmartConnect feature assign bands automatically as needed. It also comes with parental controls and website filtering in case children are using it as well.
Setup for the router is relatively easy: plug in the router to your computer, type in the IP address provided, and use the D-Link setup wizard to configure it. The interface has four buttons: Home, Settings, Features and Management. Scroll over the top of each button and you’ll see drop-down menus. Where this unit really excels is speed — we clocked the D-Link’s throughput at 558 mbps in the 5Ghz 802.11ac band, and 310 mbps out to 30 feet. In 5Ghz N mode, it hit 195 mbps at 30 feet.
The D-Link DIR-890L/R is expensive. But the company seems to be trying to reach an audience that wants power but doesn’t want or need to play with router settings too much. Whether that will work for them remains to be seen. If you’re a serious techie who wants to customize all your gear, this isn’t the router for you. But if you’re willing to spend the money and let the equipment do most of the work for you, this router is fast enough and stable enough to warrant purchase. Combined with D-Link’s customer service, the new D-Link DIR-890L/R is an excellent choice, even at $300.
Submitted By: Scoop
Depending on the distance between one of my electronic devices and this router, I am getting anywhere from three to four times the speeds compared to my old router. I both upgraded my router and my cable modem. I get up to 200 Mbps while in the same room as the device and up to 75 Mbps at a distance of 35 feet. On the second story of the home, I get around 30 Mbps. This is apparently standard for 802.11N. The unit also looks nice and have had no issues.
Submitted By: D. Stines
I was getting better Internet coverage in and outside my house right after installing and setting up the router. I get three times the distance compared to the device supplied by my service provider. I did have some difficulties when trying to configure the settings for a guest account. However, customer service was extremely helpful.
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: Timothy Kidd
I can tell you that this router works exceptionally well for me. I live in a home that has 2,200 square feet of space and there are no dead zones. My previous router did not quite cover the entire house. The dead spots that we had unfortunately were in areas where we had TVs. I initially considered hiring an electrician to wire these areas with cable and use my cheap router. I am glad that I decided to invest in this router instead. I get uninterrupted streams up to 100 yards away. I am impressed.
Submitted By: Jimmy C. Smith
After getting my router, I made a point of setting aside time so that I could fully concentrate on setting the device up and understanding the process. I reviewed the instructions, updated the firmware and it worked like a charm. The router services my whole house without needing boosters or extenders. I get a consistent 44 Mbps whether I am right next to the router or in the furthest room away. I am really satisfied. I know that the device has capabilities way beyond what I need. However, for the level of performance, I give the router five stars.
Submitted By: Tonnie
I am new to routers and had some difficulty with the installation. But, a kind and patient customer support representative walked me through the process. I was up and running in minutes. I have not performed a speed test. However, I am getting far better reception with the device compared to my old router. Though the device is kind of big and looks like a spaceship, I am really pleased with it.
Submitted By: Jeffrey Dixson
I absolutely love this router. I use the unit as a back-up to the modem/router supplied by my service provider. This way I can keep my business network separate from household and guest use. The router also extends my wireless coverage very well. I had problems keeping a connection on the first day. My service provider customer service was of no help. The D-Link support team quickly diagnosed the problem and resolved the issue in no time.