DLink, which recently appointed former Cisco executive Graeme Reardon as the regional director for Australia and New Zealand is currently launching several new consumer products in a move that could put pressure on Netgear and Belkin, following the sale of the Cisco-branded consumer networking products to Belkin earlier this year.
The new DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud router has four gigabit LAN ports, one gigabit WAN port, and a USB 3.0 port. We configured it via a cloud-based application and when operational delivered excellent coverage inside a house with heavy brick walls.
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Gone is the traditional flat router that sits on a desk. Instead, DLink has introduced a vertical cylindrical design that is far more practical because it exposes more of the routers antennas to the airwaves.
Setting up the DIR-868L was easy. All we had to do was plug in the device, connect it to the Internet and a PC and immediately the IP address is recognised.
All you have to do is then follow the instructions on the screen to configure the router.
Whatever happens, don't do what I did and misspell an email address, which later you can't retrieve. Before you press the button confirming your configuration and information, check the spelling. The Motto 'Less haste, better Wi Fi connection'.
To access the Web-based service, all you have to do is type in the IP address, 192.168.0.1. This loads the default log-in information, then simply type in admin and leave the password blank. Once in, you can change the log in address and create a new password.
The DIR-868L is a true dual-band router that uses a second generation Wi-Fi chips from Broadcom it supports three-set-ups including 802.1n (Wireless-N) and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards.
On the 2.4GHz frequency it delivers 450Mbps.On the 5GHz band, it offers up to 450Mbps when used with Wireless-N clients, and up to 1.3Gbps when used with 802.11ac clients.
Another benefit of this device, which delivers high-speed amplification, is the introduction of SmartBeam technology, designed to enhance the router's Wi-Fi performance.