D-Link EXO AC2600

IT’S NOT VERY FAST OR STUFFED WITH FEA­TURES, BUT THE EXO IS AN AF­FORD­ABLE ROUTER THAT DOES EV­ERY­THING YOU NEED

PC & Tech Authority - - REVIEWS INTRO -

The EXO AC2600 is a very sen­si­ble router. The de­sign is com­pact and scrupu­lously sober, and the tech­ni­cal speci cation care­fully ticks all of the im­por­tant boxes, with­out wast­ing too much ef­fort and ex­pense on niche fea­tures.

Need­less to say, that be­gins with 802.11ac, pow­ered by a sin­gle 5GHz ra­dio and part­nered with a sec­ondary 2.4GHz trans­mit­ter for legacy de­vices and long-range con­nec­tions. D-Link claims a max­i­mum through­put of 1,733Mbits/sec on the 5GHz band, which in the­ory ought to mean it’s as fast as the Net­gear Nighthawk X10. But, in prac­tice, the EXO’s smaller an­ten­nae and cheaper in­ter­nals have an in­evitable im­pact, and the EXO AC2600 con­sis­tently placed to­wards the back of the pack in each one of our tests. That doesn’t im­ply ter­ri­ble per­for­mance, but if you need to ll a large house with fast Wi-Fi, this might not be the best op­tion.

For wired con­nec­tions, there’s the ex­pected four Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net con­nec­tors at the rear, and a WPS but­ton at the side. Per­haps the EXO’s one burst of ex­trav­a­gance is the pro­vi­sion of not only a USB 2 port at the back but also a Su­perSpeed USB 3 port at the front. You can con gure up to nine users, and give them ac­cess to USB me­dia via ei­ther SMB or FTP; DLNA stream­ing op­tions con­sist of a sim­ple on/off tog­gle, and prin­ters aren’t sup­ported at all.

Ex­plore the rather aus­terelook­ing man­age­ment in­ter­face and you’ll also dis­cover that there’s no sort of AP or bridg­ing mode. Parental con­trol fea­tures are quite lim­ited too: you can black­list up to 24 speci ed URLs, but this af­fects all users, and there’s no cat­e­gory block­ing at all. You can, how­ever, cre­ate mul­ti­ple ac­cess sched­ules, and ap­ply them to in­di­vid­ual clients.

The D-Link EXO AC2600 isn’t the fastest router on the mar­ket, and it’s cer­tainly not the most fea­turepacked. It is, how­ever, one of the cheap­est op­tions in this month’s group test, and it does ev­ery­thing that most peo­ple will re­quire. If you’re strug­gling with an out­dated router, this un­fussy lit­tle box is well worth a look be­fore you move up to the more ex­pen­sive op­tions.

$398 • www.dlink.com.au

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