CNET First Look
D-Link's new DIR-868L make an excellent 802.11ac-enabled routerCNET Editor Dong Ngo show off his skills on dealing with long names and battle scars with the D-Link DIR-868L router.
Hey, guys. Dong Ngo here is this is a DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router from D-Link. Now if you don't believe this is something special. Try saying its name 3 times in a row in one breath. Now this is special not because it looked like a cheap computer speaker or a Thermos, but because it is probably the best router from D-Link to date. Now this is a gigabit router. On the back here, it has 4 gigabit LAN port and a 1 gigabit WAN port. The WAN port connects to the internet source and provide internet to the rest of the home network, and it's important to have this fast port because if you're lucky to have a superfast internet connection such as Google Fiber or Verizon FiOS, this router can handle it, or not too lucky, while it's not too bad to have a fast port either. There's also a USB 3.0 port here to host an extra hard drive or a printer. This is also a true dual band Wi-Fi router that offers very fast speed on both bands. They offer up to 450 megabit per second on the 2.5-gigahertz frequency band and up to 1.3 gigabit per second on the 5-gigahertz band. Now you can only get the fast speed if you use the 802.11ac client with the router, but the router supports all existing Wi-Fi client regardless of the standard. Now this router here comes with a very responsive and well-organized WAP interface found in most leading routers. You can use this interface to access and manage all of its features and settings including adding a My D-Link account to the router. Once you have done that, you can go to the My D-Link portal and remotely manage the router when you're away. This is why it's called the Cloud router. You can reach it through the Cloud. But there's more. The router comes with mobile apps, a few of them actually. One of them is the My D-Link Lite mobile app that allows you to also manage the router when you are on your phone or your tablet. The second app called D-Link SharePort Mobile is designed to stream media store on the connected extra hard drive to your smartphone or tablets on the go or while at home in a local network. Now this app will pretty well might try. You can find content based on the type be it photo, music, or video. You can also browse it by folders. The playback is quite smooth when you're on local network. It's not perfect though. For example, you cannot play music in the background. Let me show you and it's gone. Now even if you don't care about the mobile apps, you can still enjoy the router and that's because in my testing it was very fast and also offers good Wi-Fi coverage. And the good news is it's not too expensive either, costing some $170, not cheap exactly but cheaper than others. For more on the router, check out the full review at CNET.com and remember to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. But if you don't, that's okay. I'll forgive you and that's because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the first look at the DIR-868L could use a better name router from D-Link.