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D-Link Ships New AC1900 Dual Band Router

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Looking to build a Wireless AC network at home or in the office? D-Link has a solution for you: the new AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (DIR-880L). This device is now available in retail and online outlets that carry D-Link's hardware.

Based on the name, this dual-band router has a combined speed of 1900 Mbps. Break that number down, and you have up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band for Wireless AC devices, and up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band for Wireless N devices. That latter number is actually really good, as other solutions on the market will only see 450 Mbps or 300 Mbps.

D-Link reports that the router has a brand new user interface that's optimized for mobile devices, featuring touch-enabled controls and an overall design that provides the information and tools you need for checking the status and managing the network on the fly.

"The AC1900 Router was designed to surpass expectations of what a wireless network can offer, specifically when it comes to the data-intensive demands of gamers and media streamers," said Ken Loyd, director of consumer product marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc.

The router features band steering technology, which according to D-Link, increases bandwidth efficiency and availability. There's also an "advanced" QoS engine that distributes traffic "optimally" across both wireless bands. The router also provides parental controls, the ability to block unwanted websites, monitor Internet activity, and set up a guess network.

This router also includes one gigabit WAN port, four gigabit LAN ports, one USB 3.0 port, and one USB 2.0 port. The spec sheet lists a Bridge Mode, DLNA media server support, Advanced AC Smartbeam, VPN passthrough and VPN server features.

Without having some hands-on time with this router, the device looks to be rather straightforward. D-Link is known for its networking equipment, so you know you're getting a quality product. If you want a network with speed, you have to keep an eye on the numbers. Like this router, they're labeled with combined speeds. Thus, you'll see AC1750 models (1300 + 450), AC1200 models (867 + 300, which doesn't equal 1200 but we're assuming they're rounding up), and even AC750 models (450 + 300).

Of course, the faster the router, the higher the price. D-Link's new solution costs $189.99 USD, which isn't too shabby considering that some of the competition has a higher asking price for a similar product.

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    vern72 , June 20, 2014 4:47 PM
    So they abandoned the cylinder-shaped ones? They were a bit to gimmicky anyways.
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    nocona_xeon , June 21, 2014 2:05 AM
    Also, so D-Link has abandoned repairing the firmware of their E3200 router which is prone to hacks? How nice of them. The company stated in their own forum MONTHS ago that there will be a new firmware "in a few weeks" that will solve the problem and NOTHING has become available. I know it won't matter to them, I won't buy any of their products ever again, and I will also be telling my co-workers (the non-tech people) to stay away from D-Link when purchasing for home use (you know the drill...about two or three employees will ask per week what you would recommend). D-Link, do not say you're going to fix something and then just abandon it. That is total BS to do to people. The E3200 is a great router and D-Link is ignoring it. cc: Ken Loyd, director of consumer product marketing.
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    Rose Ab , June 23, 2014 5:18 AM
    This is a great router. I also have several other model DLink routers.
    This will be a new generation of router and Wifi. Client side is still waiting on A/C support so keep looking for wireless adapters that will support the new A/C wireless speeds. They are coming.

    People fail to understand that most any Wifi router has issues, especially in area with numerous Wifi routers near by on 2.4Ghz. These are using up all the channels and thus people are seeing disconnections from there router as it has to stop and rescan for a different channel. In most cases the router can re-establish a connection, however sometimes it can't due to the channels being used up. If your aread is congested with 2.4Ghz wireless APs, then you need to think about switching to 5Ghz.

    As for NAT, that depends on the Host ISP modem. People fail to understand that if the ISP modem has a built in router already, this WILL produce NAT issues. It's preferred to bridge these modems if ISPs and the modems support this. If not, it's recommended to use DMZ on the modem and put the external router into the modems DMZ. ALL routers work well. it's how they are set up and what they are set up with that can dictate how they work for users. This IS a good router. People need to research there needs and product details before buying so they buy what they really need.