NET­WORK­ING ONABUDGET

D-Link DSL-2877AL

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Peter Chu

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.

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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.

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