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D-Link's AC2600 router has speed under the hood

The D-Link DIR-882 router boasts four streams, MU-MIMO, tons of customizable settings and an affordable price.

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High-end features

The D-Link DIR-882 features MU-MIMO to simultaneously transmit data to multiple devices and AC Smartbeam to lock in on devices and improve speeds.

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Menu delays

Be prepared to wait after hitting save on each menu screen.

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Antennas

The seven-inch long antennas really get the job done.

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Streams

The D-Link DIR-882 offers four streams to help eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones in your house.

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QoS Engine

The QoS Engine is easy to use and helps you easily prioritize which devices on your network are most important.

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Activity lights

The LED lights are so unobtrusive its hard to tell which ones are even on sometimes.

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160MHz channels?

D-Link advertises that this router supports 160MHz channels, but in reality, that feature isn't available yet. You'll have to wait until 2018.

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Ports

The D-Link DIR-882 has plenty of ports for its price, including 1 gigabit WAN, 4 gigabit LAN, a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0.

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IPv6 addresses

The D-Link DIR-882 is IPv6-ready, so you are only a few clicks away from avoiding the ever-increasing problem of the internet running out of IPv4 addresses.  

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Powerful, for now

A dual-core 880MHz processor, 16MB flash memory and 128MB RAM should get the job done today, but it may not be enough when you start connecting more and more devices.

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