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D-Link unveils the DIR-885L/R, its first AC3150 Wi-Fi router with MU-MIMO

D-Link announces the availability of the DIR-885L/R which intends to be its answer to Asus' RT-AC88U. The new router boasts radical design and advanced features for the cost of $280.

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The new DIR-885L/R AC3150 router from D-Link.


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D-Link today announced the availability of the dual-band AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi router (model DIR-885L/R) which is the answer to Asus' recently announced RT-AC88U. The new router shares the same Wi-Fi specs as its Asus counterpart and also supports muti-user multi-input multi-output (MU-MIMO).

MU-MIMO is a new Wi-Fi technology that allows for better efficiency in data transmitting over Wi-Fi and as such it enhances the connection speeds to clients of different Wi-Fi grades. This means you should be able to connect many different types of devices and have them all perform optimally.

The new router has the top speed on the 5GHz of 2167Mbps and on the 2.4GHz, up to 1000Mbps. Combining the two numbers, D-Link designates it as an AC3150 router while Asus designates the RT-AC88U as an AC3100 router. Coming in all red, the new DIR-885L/R shares the same radical design as its older tri-band brother, the AC3200 DIR-890L/R, but now has four detachable antennas instead of six non-detachable ones.

D-Link DIR-885L/R router's specs

Wi-Fi standards 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MU-MIMO
Wi-Fi bandwidth 2167 Mbps (5Ghz) and 1000Mbps (2.4Ghz)
Processor 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
Flash memory 128 MB of NAND
System memory (RAM) 512MB of DDR3
WAN 1 Gigabit WAN (Internet) port
LAN 4 Gigabit LAN ports
Antenna Four detachable dual-band antennas
USB 1 USB 3.0 port and 1 USB 2.0 port
Features Intelligent QoS, SmartConnect

While this new D-Link router shares similar hardware specs as the Asus RT-AC88U, it has only four LAN port, while the Asus counter part has eight. It also seems to pack few features and has just one USB port, instead of two.

Despite that, the D-Link DIR-885L/R costs the same as the Asus RT-AC88U. It's available now with the suggested retail price of $280.

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The D-Link DIR-885L/R comes with the usual four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN (Internet) port.


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D-Link DIR-885L/R AC3150 Ultra Wi-Fi Router

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