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This review is from: D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router
Pros: Return to more conventional mechanical design than the previous cylinder style. Far improved cooling than the earlier Amplifi line the case design was first used with. External antennae. Power switch built into case. New updated firmware UI. Incredible wired routing performance and total number of connections due to the dual core CPU.
Cons: Drastic reduction in user settings in the newer firmware UI over the previous "legacy" orange firmware UI. For power users D-Link is going overboard with the simplification program. I hit a maximum number of DHCP reservations of 20 with the new firmware. The new QoS is far more limited in this area than prior models, the opposite direction to be going in an era of bufferbloat. Tested on the 1.05B02 firmware which is the latest USA version at the time of this review.
Other Thoughts: I used this to replace a DIR-827 running in wired mode only (I do not use the wireless features and have both radios turned off). I would have gone 5 eggs if the new firmware had not been crippled so much that I could not even get 25 DHCP reservations or setup some default adaptive QoS.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link DAP-1520 Wi-Fi AC750 Dual Band Range Extender
Pros: Simultaneous dual band support. Small, extremely easy to setup. Does the job as long as you place it within a moderate signal area to begin with.
Cons: Very limited firmware UI controls for common performance and security customization to advanced users. For example, you cannot set WPA2/AES only, you cannot set 802.11n only.
Other Thoughts: Placement is very important, you have to put this where you still are getting a decent signal for it to work. Do not put it on the frontier of your signal strength. Also be aware that while the unit has dual bands on the front end, on the back end to the router is only one band connected. So, unless you share SSIDs, you may have 5Ghz to your device and 2.4Ghz on the back end to your router. Also be aware that you cannot do MAC filtering in your router with the devices that connect to the DAP-1520 because it does not pass their addresses thru but rather only its own.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: D-Link DAP-1665 Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Access Point
Pros: Only DAP I am aware of that has simultaneous dual band radio support. Nice clean mechanical design in soft white color with green LEDs that do not blink. Healthy looking antennae. GigE LAN port. Has the "legacy" orange firmware UI with more user control over features.
Cons: Poor signal strength, you can be sitting line of sight within 10ft or less and the unit is still have under 60% signal on both bands checked with common WiFi testing tools as well as Mac, Android, PCs. Also have observed the unit goes into a reboot cycle with more than 12 clients actively connected! While it has the "legacy" orange UI, D-Link have removed settings that were available in earlier DAP models thus degrading what you can control with this newer WAP. Tested with latest firmware 1.13 at time of this review.
Other Thoughts: I really wanted this to work and replace a pair of DAP-1522s handling 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz with a single WAP that did both. While it *could* replace them, it needs firmware work to be an improvement. The DAP-1665 range is less than the DAP-1522, and the DAP-1522 never rebooted on me even with 20 clients connected. The DAP-1665 reboots on me every single time it has more than 12 clients actively engaged. Both the poor signal strength/range and the instability are firmware issues that could be addressed.READ FULL REVIEW