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