Ul­tra Wi-Fi Router

SmartHouse - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by David Hague

Un­til re­cently, a router was a pas­sive part of a net­work just do­ing what it did qui­etly and ef­fi­ciently, but times have changed and you now need more than a lit­tle grey box with blue ca­bles at­tached to it. You need some­thing with in­tel­li­gence, se­ri­ous grunt and even style!

The new D-Link DIR-895L AC5300 MU-MIMO Ul­tra Wi-Fi Router has been de­signed specif­i­cally to cope with the de­mands to­day’s In­ter­net and net­work us­age needs to work at its most ef­fi­cient, now and into the fu­ture.

Think about it. Your pre­vi­ous router was de­signed when high def­i­ni­tion TV was the cut­ting edge of tech­nol­ogy, but now, with Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion smart TVs more the norm than the ex­cep­tion and with a more rapid up­take than HD ever had, there are more than 6 mil­lion ex­tra pix­els to move in ev­ery sin­gle frame of footage you see!

If this is be­ing streamed from a me­dia server or stream­ing ser­vice like Net­flix or Stan, then you need some se­ri­ous oomph to get that data picked up, pro­cessed and sent. This is where the DIR-895L starts to earn its stripes, with su­per­fast Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity on not just one band, but three sep­a­rate bands.

Now let’s up the ante a lit­tle.

While you are in your favourite comfy chair watch­ing the lat­est block­buster movie with the au­dio play­ing in glo­ri­ous Dolby sur­round sound through your 5 speaker setup, all of this data has to be pro­cessed si­mul­ta­ne­ously and sent via the router out to your A/V re­ceiver for dis­per­sion to the speak­ers.

To cope with the load, the DIR-895L has a 1.4GHz dual core pro­ces­sor giv­ing faster net­work speeds and mak­ing the DIR-895L far more than ‘just’ a router.

While this is hap­pen­ing there is a gamer with an XBOX up­stairs in the mid­dle of a mon­u­men­tal bat­tle of Mankind ver­sus Alien (ac­tu­ally in re­al­ity an­other gamer some­where else on the planet), and they too are putting their own de­mands on the Wi-Fi net­work.

Ad­di­tion­ally to the smart TV, Dolby sur­round sound and high res­o­lu­tion XBOX gaming, other users may be brows­ing the web, shar­ing emails, lis­ten­ing to Spo­tify, up­load­ing pho­tos to Face­book or Snapchat, watch­ing 4K or HD video from YouTube or Vimeo, con­nect­ing to the of­fice net­work at work, do­ing school home­work via the school’s re­mote net­work and more.

And we haven’t even got to the fam­ily Twit­ter ad­dict as yet!

Not a prob­lem.

The DIR-895L sup­ports some amaz­ing fea­tures that en­able all your de­vices to get the best per­for­mance from your Wi-Fi net­work.

As you can see, the full name of the DIR-895L has the letters “MU” in it and this stands for “Multi-User”. This tech­nol­ogy means that you can get higher band­width Wi-Fi sig­nal to each de­vice, all at the same time.

The DIR-895L de­liv­ers break­through Tri-Band Wi-Fi tech­nol­ogy with amaz­ing com­bined wire­less speeds of up to 5300Mbps.

The Ad­vanced SmartBeam™ tech­nol­ogy de­liv­ers in­di­vid­ual beams of band­width where you need it the most, com­bined with eight high-per­for­mance ex­ter­nal an­ten­nas that will con­nect to your de­vices faster, elim­i­nat­ing dead zones.

Fi­nally, be­cause you just want it all to work, SmartCon­nect™ will au­to­mat­i­cally al­lo­cate the best pos­si­ble Wi-Fi band for you, so you don’t have to lift a fin­ger!

But that is not all this shiny red beast has to of­fer!

The easy to use in­ter­face lets you con­trol your DIR-895L, giv­ing you ac­cess to parental con­trol, block­ing of un­wanted or un­de­sir­able In­ter­net ac­tiv­ity and even cre­at­ing Guest net­works, all quickly and eas­ily with­out the need for a net­work PhD!

In short, this is for peo­ple that want to take full ad­van­tage of their Wi-Fi speeds and have mul­ti­ple de­vices con­nected to it at the same time, so they can sit back, re­lax and en­joy all their Home En­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

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