The Good The D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router has overall excellent data rates, long range and stable Wi-Fi signals. The router is easy to use, and can be remotely monitored via D-Link's cloud feature.
The Bad The new Web interface can be a surprise for those familiar with D-Link's previous routers, and the USB 3.0 port takes a long time to recognize external hard drives.
The Bottom Line Despite a few minor shortcomings, the DIR-880L is still one of the best 802.11ac routers on the market.
|D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router||Netgear Orbi RBK40 Tri-band WiFi System||Netgear Orbi RBK30 Tri-Band WiFi System||Cisco Linksys E3000||Amped Wireless Ally Plus Whole Home Smart Wi-Fi System|
|Price||$98 Amazon.com||$350 Dell Home||$171 Amazon.com||$165 Amazon.com||$200 Amazon.com|
Excellent performance, totally new interface
The D-Link DIR-880L is the latest to join a growing crowd of high-end AC1900 routers, and it might be the best D-Link has to offer home users to date.
In my testing, the DIR-880L proved to be a great router with excellent range, fast Wi-Fi data rates and stable signal. My biggest complaint is that its USB 3.0 port takes a long time to mount a plugged-in external hard drive. The new and polished Web interface also poses a learning curve for those used to working with D-Link's previous routers.
All things considered, the DIR-880L is the newest member of the best 802.11ac routers on the market, totally worth its competitive price of $190 in the US, £135 in the UK, and AU$300 in Australia.
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