- Wireless N600 - For HD streaming in larger homes
- mydlink Enabled - Monitor your network remotely
- Dual-Band Wireless - 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies
- Four Gigabit ports -Blazing fast wired connectivity
Terrible wireless performance 03/13/2013
I've had this product for about a month now which gave me adequate time to put it through it's paces. In some areas it shines and in others it falls flat on its face.
The design is nice and provides a small footprint, so it won't take up a lot of space on your desk. It is a dual band (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 802.11b/g/n router, includes 4 gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 2.0 port. The ports run vertically up the side of the router with the USB port being at the top of the device.
The SharePort feature worked well and allowed me to access all the files on my external USB HDD from inside the application. I was also able to stream both music and video without issues or buffering. Alternatively, you can log into the mydlink website and access your device that way if you want. Once logged into the device through DLink's website, you can edit permissions, block users, change passwords and view the device status.
The firmware is what you would expect from the DLink routers I've had in the past and offers as much functionality as anyone could want. QoS, Port Forwarding, DMZ, Network Filtering, etc.
Setup of the cloud access portion was very simple and didn't require much more than creating an account with DLink, a few router reboots and email confirmations.
Unfortunately, I think there are more cons than pros with this router and I wouldn't recommend it to my clients. The wireless performance is terrible and doesn't get anywhere close to the "600Mbps" DLink claims. I was only able to achieve speeds of around 125Mbps standing right next to the router on the 5Ghz band. That's plenty of bandwidth to stream HD, but still much lower than DLink's claim and will choke large file transfers.
I'm also disappointed at the lack multiple antennas for each band, the missing SmartBeam technology and no ac standard support. This thing is going to be blown away by almost any other n-band router you can pull off the shelf.
After connecting cables to all 5 of the RJ-45 ports, the power cable and a USB device, I felt like the router was going to fall over. I would prefer a larger base to stabilize the device. Another complaint is that the USB port is at the top of the router and not at the bottom. Most of the bus powered external hard drives ship with 6-8" cables which isn't really long enough to attach to the USB port and still give you enough room to set the drive on the desk. That isn't DLink's fault since they aren't supplying the cable, but I would think they should have realized that was going to be an issue.
Additionally, the USB port is only 2.0 as DLink decided to forgo the use of the 3.0 standard.
There are only 2 lights on the unit, one indicating Internet access and the other indicating power. I would prefer additional activity lights, but perhaps DLink was going for more of a sleek, clean design.
The router does its job and easily allows access to files while "on the go", but falls on it's face in terms of wireless performance. So if you're looking for cheap, easy access to your files this might just be the router for you.
On the other hand, if you're looking for more than that, I would advise that you keep looking. Sorry DLink.....
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