D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 Exo

Boost your range and per­for­mance

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Dan Grab­ham

£147 FROM D-Link, dlink.com/uk Featu res 802.11ac, Wi-Fi, four Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ports

The Exo range from D-Link, with its stun­ning bright or­ange fin­ish, is de­signed to cope with de­mand­ing band­width re­quire­ments. This router fea­tures the fastest AC1900 ver­sion of 802.11ac, which fea­tures one 5GHz net­work and one 2.4GHz net­work (a cheaper and slightly slower ver­sion is avail­able with AC1750).

Un­like many routers that dis­play two or even three sep­a­rate net­works, this model only shows one thanks to a tech­nol­ogy called SmartCon­nect, which finds the best net­work (2.4 or 5GHz) for your de­vice with­out you hav­ing to faff around. This is very wel­come. Through­put wasn’t as fast as some we’ve seen and in our same-room test us­ing 5GHz – pass­ing data be­tween two Macs via the router – we mea­sured up­wards of 300Mbps. But we loved the su­per range, which stretched all the way to the end of our 30ft gar­den.

We also liked the phys­i­cal switches on the rear to turn the router on or off, and also change it into re­peater mode (it makes for an ex­pen­sive re­peater, but it’s use­ful if your cir­cum­stances change). The router’s miss­ing a USB port, but there aren’t many peo­ple shar­ing print­ers or stor­age via their router, so we’ll let that one pass.

The or­ange won’t be liked by all, but it’s eye-catch­ing.

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