2.4GHz band is good for speeds of up to 300Mbps. Not the fastest of wireless speeds, but let’s not forget that the DSL2877AL is an entry-level router.
There are two ways that you can setup the DSL-2877AL: via web browser or through its accompanying D-Link One-Touch Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free through Google Play and iOS App Store. We managed to get the DSL-2877AL up and running in under five minutes using the tried-and-tested web browser method, including setting up the passwords for both its 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies.
To benchmark the wireless performance of the DSL2877AL, we established a connection to its 2.4GHz band using our notebook, and subsequently tried downloading a 1GB folder – which comprised 2,542 individual files – from our office’s servers and timed the duration it took to complete. From a distance of five meters, the file transfer took nine minutes and 50 seconds from start to finish. When we moved further away, approximately 10 meters from the router, the duration increased ever so slightly to 12 minutes and 17 seconds, which really isn’t too shabby.
If you’re worried about the wireless signal of the DSL2877AL not being able to reach the far corners of your home – which probably shouldn’t be the case, as the DSL-2877AL had a consistently excellent wireless signal strength throughout our tests – you can always purchase its separate but accompanying wireless N300 range extender, the USBpowered DMG-112A.
Unlike most conventional range extenders, which work as a separate entity to the router that it’s paired with, the DMG112A is made to work handin-hand with the DSL-2877AL, as part of D-Link’s proprietary ‘HomeZone’ technology, which automatically switches your wireless devices over to the access point that has the strongest wireless signal. In essence, this means you would no longer need to manually disconnect from your router to connect your range extender, and vice versa, as you move around your home.
Connect a 3G/4G LTE dongle to one of the DSL-2877AL’s two USB ports and it’ll be used as a failover mechanism, which automatically kicks in when a landline connection is lost.