The D-Link DIR-885L/R AC3150 has been on the cards all through the year. Well now at last, it’s finally arrived!
The new Star Wars movie has just come out – did D-Link model their latest creation one of the spacecraft? A TIE fighter or the Star Destroyer? Who knows, but the DIR-885L/R looks really cool!
It’s a 4×4 MU-MIMO ready router, which is perfect for networks with multiple wireless nodes.
There’s also a powerful CPU to help drive along the theoretical wireless speeds culminating in 3.15Gbps.
D-Link DIR-885L/R Features
So… what does the 885L have under the cover?
7 Features of the D-Link DIR-885L/R
Multi-User MIMI (MU-MIMO) Ready
A technology that you’re probably familiar with now. MU-MIMO is the next step up from the now universally used MIMO technology.
MU-MIMO is perfect for multi wi-fi client networks, because more clients can get higher throughput at any one time.
Of course, if you have a slow Internet ISP connection, it’s not going to make a difference, but if you have an above ADSL2+ connection you may benefit. This is also the case if data transfers a lot around the home, without requiring access to the Internet, for example, with a NAS server. Particularly useful for High Def streaming.
Although not available at time of writing, D-Link have promised the 885L will have MU-MIMO enabled in an upcoming firmware release – http://us.dlink.com/products/connect/ac3150-ultra-wi-fi-router/
Dual Band AC
The 885L/R is more than just a pretty face. This dual band router squirts out theoretical wireless data rates of 2.167Gbps on AC & a further 1Gbps on Wireless N.
Dual Core 1.4GHz CPU
These top-end features don’t run on their own. D-Link have added a dual core CPU to bear the brunt of the load that multiple clients may impose.
Open Source with DD-WRT
If you are happy with relatively basic settings, the default D-Link GUI will be just fine.
However, if you want to delve deeper and “get your hands dirty”, you can use DD-WRT open source firmware.
DD-WRT offers a whole load more options for you to play around with and tweak. DD-WRT is a Linux based firmware that offers extended settings, including advanced Quality of Service (QoS), Port Forwarding and wi-fi power output.
The DIR-885L/R places clients on the most appropriate wifi band. By doing this, your faster devices can get along with grabbing that vital unused available bandwidth that the slower clients just don’t need.
All-in-all Smart Connect is designed to improve the efficiency of your wireless bands.
Smart Beamforming = Further Coverage
With its intelligent beamforming coverage (SmartBeam), the D-Link DIR-885L can help compatible clients roam further away from the router with focused beamwidth.
Beamforming also helps with wireless stability and increased throughput at greater distances from the Wi-Fi antenna.
Prioritize With Quality of Service
QoS is optional out of the box. QoS helps to stop bandwidth-hoggers, intentionally or unintentionally from taking all that precious bandwidth away from the other applications/nodes that might need it.
4x LAN Ports
1Gbps LAN ports for your wired Ethernet nodes. There’s also a 1Gbps Wan port to plug into your modem.
4x High Performance External Antennas
Improved coverage with four adjustable high-gain antennas.
USB 3.0 Interface
Plug in a USB drive and share files, movies and music around the home.
Use the mydlink SharePort app to share the files. There’s also SharePort Utility which can be used for centralized printing.
Connect compatible DLNA devices for easy network sharing between TV’s, consoles and more.
Monitoring With The Dlink Lite App
Using the free D-Link Lite app, you can control and monitor your network from smartphones, tablets or a laptop.
VPN Remote Access
The DIR-885L/R supports L2TP VPN remote access, so you can safely access your network from anywhere.
Block unwanted access to the Internet or specific websites (optionally time based), to stop your kids accessing the Internet when they should be sleeping or studying.
Set up a secondary network that allows guests to reach the Internet, but not your personal network.
- Dual Band – 2.1Gbps 5GHz / 1Gbps 2.4GHz
- 1.4GHz Broadcom Dual Core CPU
- 4x 1Gbps LAN / 1x 1Gbps WAN
- Smart Connect
- 4×4 MU-MIMO Ready
- USB 3.0
- Guest Wireless
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