D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 Exo
Boost your range and performance
£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.