The D-Link DIR-882 EXO AC2600 is a router that offers everything you can expect and even more for a very affordable price of 150 euros. Compatible with 802.11ac, it supports dual 2.4 and 5 GHz bands with theoretical speeds of 800 Mbit / s to 1.7 Gbit / s. MU-MIMO technology enables the device to simultaneously deliver a broadband Wi-Fi signal to multiple terminals while Advanced AC Smartbeam (D-Link's commercial name for beamforming) optimizes range and coverage in the corners of your habitat. The DIR-882 is also rich in connectivity and features: two USB ports (3.0 and 2.0), management of four data streams, DLNA for playback of multimedia content from compatible game consoles and TVs. And to top it all off it's really fast. The only complaint we make him are the 20-30 seconds of latency each time we want to save a setting. But this detail will only be a problem for hacking users.
The DIR-882 will be ideal for those who own a big house in which they want Wi-Fi everywhere. Whether you are looking for a router to configure custom or on the contrary something turnkey, this product will meet your expectations.
Small box, gigantic antennas
The case of the router is in him -Even rather fine and discreet (570 grams), but it is decked with four antennas disproportionately long. It will not go unnoticed but it can be fixed on the wall thanks to the holes provided for this purpose.
One of the strong points of the design that can also be a fault are the six LEDs on the top of the case that serve for food, the Internet; USB ports and Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5 GHz. They are not too powerful which is appreciable for the discretion. But in a lighted room, they are difficult to distinguish when one is more than a meter away.
The connection includes 4 gigabit LAN Ethernet ports and a gigabit WAN. The presence of two USB ports to connect a storage system, a printer or a phone charger is a real plus on a router of this price. The design is broadly in line with previous models of the brand.
Easy settings, but too long recording delay
The process of installation is super simple, perfect for those who want to install their network quickly. D-Link has an application named QRS Mobile that allows you to configure the router remotely. We went through the web interface via a browser by connecting the router to our Ethernet cable modem. The installation procedure was quick and easy. At least as long as we stick to the standard procedure ... Because as soon as we change a setting, it was always necessary to wait about thirty seconds to record it. For most users who will be satisfied with the default settings it does not matter. On the other hand, those who like to manage their parameters in detail will be annoyed. Especially since the options are well provided whether for the creation of a VPN, port addressing, parental control or to define priorities between terminals. By default, the router automatically manages the toggle between WiFi 2.4 and 5 GHz. You will need to disable this mode if you want to change the 802.11, a channel or its width. IPv6 addresses are also supported by default.
You can use LAN sharing via Windows File Sharing or an FTP server and you can connect an external hard drive to USB if needed.
Many functions, but some gaps
The DIR-882 is certainly more richly endowed than other routers at this price level. The main function that is missing is a third 5 GHz band. This option often strikes the price, so it is not surprising that D-Link has been deadlocked.
MU-MIMO technologies and beamforming allow the router to optimize the power of the connection and the range for each terminal. You can also choose a priority device (QoS Engine) when you want to play, transfer files or watch streaming UHD video.
The DIR-882 is equipped with a dual-core processor powerful enough to meet your current needs. But it may be worth it over time if you add terminals because it only has 16 MB of flash memory and 128 MB of DDR3 Ram. Most equivalent routers are better equipped. For example, the Linksys EA8500 AC2600 has 128 MB of flash and 512 MB of RAM.
We were thrilled to see that the DIR-882 was compatible with the 160 MHz channel but we found no trace in the settings. Bandwidth is available only in 20/40/80 MHz or 20/40 MHz automatic mode. A mention on the box indicates that the 160 MHz may require a firmware update. D-Link told us it was working on a 80 + 80 MHz cumulative that should be available early 2018.
Those who knew the DIR-878 will not be homesick with the 882. They share the same configuration except USB ports and are compatible DD-WRT (open source firmware) which allows to find the same features.
Thanks to its four antennas and four streams, the DIR-882 was particularly effective. Performance was excellent in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands at 165 and 927 Mbit / s, respectively. Be careful, these are not local Internet connection speeds that you will enjoy for transferring or playing files on your home network. But anything that you can download or stream from the web will benefit from the best speed offered by your ISP.
We were also blown away by the coverage offered by this router. The connection speed in 2.4 GHz has remained constant everywhere we have done tests in the 100 m² of the editorial offices. In 5 GHZ, we still had 300 Mbit / s two-piece router separated by several walls.
If no router can make your Internet connection faster, the DIR-882 On the other hand, it will improve any home network that lacks stable coverage and local transfer speed. For 150 euros, you have very comprehensive features. Customizing settings may require patience, but D-Link has made the effort to offer many possibilities. The frantic speed of 5 GHZ bodes well for the future. The only pitfall is flash memory and Ram. But the price of the DIR-882 is unbeatable and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a highly customizable router to have a high-performance coverage anywhere in their home.