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Item#: N82E16833127496
D-Link DIR-850L Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Next Generation Wireless Technology - AC1200
  • Dual Band Performance - Up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) + 867Mbps (5GHz)
  • Backward Compatibility - Compatible with a/b/g/n devices
  • mydlink Cloud Management
  • $129.99
  • $86.99
  • Save: $43.00 (33%)
  • $2.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

First of all, don't let the word Cloud affect your decision on purchasing a new router. It's completely optional with this router. Also, just as everybody else has said, the initial setup is very straight forward.

Range on the 2.4 Ghz band is quite awesome for those older wireless G and N devices. Not only do I have a much stronger signal at the back of the house, but the speed of the connection is much higher as well.

It looks awesome, there are no incredibly bright flashing lights on it, range on the 2.4 Ghz band (with WPA2 only mode selected) is absolutely awesome, the USB port is finally semi-functional on a router. Very straight forward to use, with only mild issues.

Cons:

The router came in WPA/WPA2 mixed mode, which really ruined the range on both bands. After changing it to WPA2 only mode, the range issue was resolved. Not all devices support WPA2, so be careful if you have an old wireless card.

I've been playing around with QoS on this thing for a while now, and I just can't seem to get anything working right. Downloading something and playing a game worked out beautifully on my older D-Link router, but I get terrible ping spikes on this one no matter what I do.

Other Thoughts:

The default channel width is set to Auto on both the 2.4 and 5 ghz bands. I'm not sure how older wireless cards would be affected by this "auto" setting. I also cannot seem to modify any files on the USB flash drive i've had plugged into the router. All files are in use...odd.

Overall, it's a pretty decent router. It has a number of features I don't even plan on trying to take advantage of (the cloud features, mostly), but for basic home use in an area with a very cluttered 2.4 GHz band, it'd be really nice to have. Connections are stable and quick. I am really hoping I can eventually figure out what is going on with QoS though.

I was only able to test Wireless N, as those AC adapters are quite expensive and I don't really have much use for one yet. If I do get my hands on one, I'll definitely post a second review.

I would recommend this router to anybody and everybody if QoS was a bit more simple to get working the way you wanted.

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