D-Link HD Media 2000 DIR-827 router review: So many firsts

The D-Link DIR-827 is a very good true dual-band router that needs a firmware upgrade so it can live up to its potential.

The Amplifi HD Media Router 2000 DIR-827 from D-Link.
The Amplifi HD Media Router 2000 DIR-827 from D-Link. Dong Ngo/CNET

The $145 D-Link Amplifi HD Media Router 2000 DIR-827 is the third I've reviewed in D-Link's Amplifi family of wireless routers, but it comes with lot of firsts.

This is the first true dual-band router from D-Link that I'm aware of that comes with internal antennas, making it much more compact than previous true dual-band routers, such as the DIR-855. It's the first on the market to come with a USB 3.0 port, instead of USB 2.0. And finally, it's the first I've seen to come with an SD card slot, in case you want to quickly share photos.

The router delivered in my testing, offering good range and very good data rates on the 5Ghz band. Its network storage feature, when coupled with an external hard drive, was also faster than most other USB-enabled routers.

It's not perfect, however; its 2.4Ghz band, though not slow, wasn't as impressive as I had expected. Also it's the first, yet another first, that comes with firmware bug that could pose problem for those who need to use its guest networking features.

Check out the full review of the D-Link HD Media Router 2000 DIR-827.

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