D-Link DIR-827 Amplifi HD Media Router 2000

The Good The D-Link Amplifi HD Media Router 2000 DIR-827 is a true dual-band router that offers USB 3.0 and an HD Fuel feature that automatically prioritizes Internet traffic for HD media streaming, VoIP applications, and gaming. The router also comes with a good set of other features that are available with other D-Link routers, such as SharePort Plus, guest networking, and OpenDNS parental controls.

The Bad The D-Link DIR-827's firmware is a little buggy. The router doesn't support the 450Mbps Wi-Fi standard, and its performance on the 2.4GHz band could use some improvement.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

D-Link DIR-827 Amplifi HD Media Router 2000

The D-Link Amplifi HD Media Router 2000 DIR-827 was recently demoed at CES 2012 with an exciting feature called HD Fuel, which helps make HD media streaming a much better experience. The Amplifi designation also means that it's supposed to offer better Wi-Fi coverage than other routers.

In my testing, the router indeed worked well, even excellently for the most part. However, I also found some bugs in its firmware that keep some of its features from working as expected. The router's data rates on the 2.4GHz band, though not bad, could also use some improvement, compared with others.

Even with the slightly buggy firmware, at a price of around $145, the DIR-827 is still a very good router. If you want something similar that doesn't currently have any known bugs, check out the Linksys E3200 or the Asus RT-56U.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $150
  • Brand D-Link
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Data Transfer Rate 600 Mbps
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