The D-Link DIR-818LW brings colors to 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
Hi guys, **** Ngo here.
I just came back from vacation which explains why I am so tan now and not white anymore.
But speaking of skin color, this is the ACT750 DIR-818LW router from Dylan.
This is the very first AC router on the market that comes in four colors.
And naturally I have all of them.
Here we go.
There, you go.
Black, white, orange, and teal.
But very randomly, let's pick one for a closer look.
There you go.
As you can see, it's a very compact router.
In fact, it's almost compact enough to be a travel router, though not quite.
On the back here you can see the usual four LAN port and one WAN, or Ethernet ports.
All of these ports, though, are gigabit.
This is very impressive for a router of this size.
And there's also this USP 2.0, here to host a storage device.
On the front there are two interior lights.
The top here is for the power starter, and the one below is for the rest.
If it's green, everything is okay.
If it's amber, something needs attention.
Now on the inside of the router here is a lot more impressive.
For one is actually support the slowest speed of the 802.11 AC Wi-Fi standard.
To offer this top speed on the 5Ghz frequency band which has 433 MBps.
On the 2.4Ghz band it supports the second tier of 802.11 with Wi-Fi standards with a top speed of 300 MBps.
Now note though, those feet are on the paper.
The real world sustained speed of the Wi-Fi is always a lot slower than that.
And with this one here it was slow indeed.
In my testing it offered the sustained speed of just 136 MBps per second on the positive band.
And only 36 MGbps per second on the 2.4Ghz band.
And that is what I tested in the closed 15 feet bridge.
When I include the range.
Further out, it was much slower.
Basically, it's about as fast as a good end [UNKNOWN] router.
Now this one also have very short range, about 125 feet away.
And that means, it will not work well in a large home.
But if you live in a small apartment or a studio, it will do just fine.
And to make up for that, the router here support dealing cloud service, allowing you to manage your home network remotely via the internet, including a mobile app for that.
In all, though, I don't feel like it has an app to justify the $80 price tag.
The good news is, this white one here can be had for just about $60, and now that's a good deal if you live in a small home.
Now for more on this one, check out my full review at cnet.com.
By the way, I can have all four of them here.
I did think about giving them away to making my self look friendly and likable.
But then I realized that would be so unnecessary, because you like me already.
Even if you think you don't.
And that's because I'm **** Ngo, and this has been the first look at the D-818LW router.
Come feel it.
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