Sometimes your router alone isn’t enough. Your home may contain dead zones, and the increasing number of wireless devices doesn’t help the cause. Installing a range extender might help, but having to manually switch bands when you’re too far away from the router is hardly a seamless experience. D-Link intends to simplify these issues with the DKT-891, which is a unified network kit that adds adaptive roaming.
The D-Link DKT-891 kit consists of one router and one range extender. The router, a DIR-891L, is an AC4300 MU-MIMO enabled tri-band router offering up to 1733 Mbps on two 5 GHz bands and 800 Mbps on 2.4 GHz. The range extender, the DAP-1655, is an AC1300 Gigabit Wi-Fi Extender with speeds of up to 867 Mbps on 5 GHz and 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz. They feature dynamic adaptation, which means there is an optimal balance between 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
What makes the DKT-891 a unified network kit is adaptive roaming. This feature allows devices to hop between wireless hubs seamlessly depending on which hub would provide optimal performance. The network kit’s router (DIR-891L) also features MU-MIMO, which bypasses the round-robin method of sending data to connected devices. With three bands, MU-MIMO and adaptive roaming, a modern household network should have no trouble handling numerous wireless devices at once.
The D-Link DKT-891 Unified Network Kit with Adaptive Roaming Technology will be available in Q2 at select retailers for $369.99
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