D-Link DIR-890L/R AC3200 Ul­tra Wi-Fi Router

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

The D-Link DIR-890L/R AC3200 Ul­tra Wi-Fi Router looks like no router that we have seen be­fore. Its ag­gres­sive fu­tur­is­tic pyra­mi­dal shape, its ma­roon color, and its six an­ten­nas evokes the con­fi­dence of speed and per­for­mance. There is no doubt that this router means to take it to the ex­treme.

Tuned for gam­ing, the DIR890L/R cer­tainly looks the part. Mounted on the wall or placed on a shelf, it is an eye catcher. It's six shiny-tipped an­ten­nas are fully ad­justable, but not re­mov­able.

One of the fea­tures touted on the box is 'Dual USB Ports', and sure enough, there are two USB ports on the router, but only one of them is a USB 3.0 port. At the price that this router sells for, we ex­pected both USB ports on the DIR890L/R to be of the USB 3.0 per­sua­sion.

The DIR-890L/R also boasts speeds of up to 3,200Mbps with 600Mbps via the 2.4GHz band and 1,300Mbps via each of the two 5GHz bands. It also sup­ports Beam­form­ing tech­nol­ogy and SmartCon­nect tech­nol­ogy, which is de­signed to en­hance its wire­less speed and per­for­mance.

In ad­di­tion to the router's looks, we were also im­pressed with its web user in­ter­face, so much so that we can de­scribe it in two words: sim­ple and clean. The main page dis­plays con­nected clients, the In­ter­net sta­tus, and the router's IP ad­dress, subnet mask, and de­fault gate­way in­for­ma­tion, which is all the ba­sic in­for­ma­tion a user needs.

There are three other tabs la­beled 'Set­tings', 'Fea­tures', and 'Man­age­ment', all with drop-down menus that takes users to the dif­fer­ent op­tions on the router. We like that although this is a gam­ing-cen­tric router, it has a 'guest zone' op­tion and its drag-and-drop QoS fea­ture is un­like any­thing we have seen be­fore.

When it comes to speed, the DIR-890L/R did not dis­ap­point. On the 2.4GHz band, the router recorded speeds at 92.5Mbps within a prox­im­ity of two me­ters and at 10 me­ters, the router de­liv­ered speeds of up to 82Mbps. The speed jumps tremen­dously to 555Mbps on the 5GHz band at close range, and 300Mbps at long range.

The DIR-890L/R's USB read/write file trans­fer tests, how­ever, was dis­ap­point­ingly av­er­age at 51MB/s read and 26MB/s write. That be­ing said, it's clear to see that the high­light of this router was in its wire­less speeds, and not the trans­fer speeds of the ports.

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