D-Link DIR-860L AC1200 Review

The D-Link DIR-860L AC1200 SmartBeam router is one of the routers from the Wireless AC family. It has several features including Quality of Service, Beamforming and simultaneous dual band. Let’s check out what each of the features does and how D-Link claim they can make your life that little bit easier.

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D-Link DIR-860L Features


Some of the key features that the DIR-860L holds…

7 Features of the D-Link DIR-860L AC1200


1.2Gbps Wireless Speeds
Data rates up to 867Mbps are achievable using 5GHz Wireless AC. When combined with 2.4GHz Wireless N, data rates total up to 1.2Gbps.

AC Smartbeam Technology
Smartbeam is D-Link’s branding for Beamforming. With Smartbeaming, your router can pinpoint exactly where your wireless nodes are located. This helps focus wireless signals in the direction of the nodes creating a better Wi-Fi experience. Most importantly, you are able to roam further away from your router than ever before and still receive a good wireless signal.

Dual Band – Simultaneous
As previously mentioned, when combining both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz ranges, theoretical speeds up to 1.2Gbps are possible. This is accomplished when using simultaneous dual band. By broadcasting both frequency bands at the same time, both higher cumulative speeds and more efficient use of available resources become benefits.

NVIDIA GameStream
Stream your PC games to your portable devices around the home. The DIR-860L supports lag-free gaming using GameStream technology.

D-Link Apps (mydlink)
Using the mydlink lite, shareport and QRS apps, you have the following options:
– Access and stream your private files from anywhere around the world. Just connect a USB drive.
– Manage your cloud router.
– Easily set up your network.

Quality of Service helps to preserve certain traffic types from being affected by network congestion. Voice, video and gaming data can be sensitive to heavy traffic loads and can lead to poor user
experience if not prioritized.

1x USB Port
Ideal for centralized file sharing, streaming or printing – D-Link have included a USB 3.0 port for your sharing needs.


D-Link DIR-860L – More Features


The DIR-860L supports next generation IPv6. If your network or ISP moves to IPv6, you will be ready for it.

Guest Network
Allow your guests to access the Internet without them having access to your internal network.

Parental Controls
Block websites or content based so you don’t let the kids browse unscrupulous websites.

WPS is a technology that facilitates easy pairing of devices with the DIR-860L AC1200.


DIR-860L AC1200 Technical Specs

  • 802.11g/n/ac
  • Simultaneous Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5GHz
  • 1x USB 3.0 Port
  • WPS Push Button
  • SmartBeam (Beamforming)
  • 4x Gigabit LAN Ethernet Ports
  • 1x Gigabit WAN Port
  • IPv4 / IPv6
  • 1 Year Warranty


D-Link DIR-860L Conclusion



  • Good 5GHz Speeds From An AC1200 Router
  • USB 3.0 Port


Not so Good

  • Some Settings Might Confuse Some Novice Users


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