D-LINK DIR-890L

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST -

Ini­tially re­vealed at CES 2015 over a year ago, the D-Link DIR-890L caught our eyes for its bright color and bold de­sign. Even though the ASUS RT-AC5300 is now the most ex­treme look­ing router around, the DIR-890L isn’t that far be­hind. It has a highly an­gu­lar pyra­mid de­sign and fea­tures six siz­able ex­ter­nal an­ten­nas. But the most vis­ually ar­rest­ing thing about it is its bright red paint. It’s also very large, mea­sur­ing nearly 40cm in width and weigh­ing nearly a full kilo­gram.

Run­ning down the mid­dle of the router is a col­umn of LED sta­tus in­di­ca­tors, but again, no in­di­ca­tors for the in­di­vid­ual Gi­ga­bit LAN ports. It’s worth not­ing at this point that the Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net LAN ports them­selves also do not have their own sta­tus in­di­ca­tors.

Un­der­neath the hood, the DIR-890L router is pow­ered by the Broad­com 5G XStream chipset, which con­sists of a sin­gle dual-core Broad­com BCM4709A run­ning at 1GHz and three ad­di­tional off­load Broad­com BCM43602 pro­ces­sors, each ded­i­cated to one of the D-Link DIR-890L’s three ra­dios. This is the same chipset you’ll find in just about ev­ery other AC3200-class router to­day.

Set­ting up the D-Link DIR-890L router was a breeze, thanks to D-Link’s easy-to-nav­i­gate and in­tu­itive setup user in­ter­face. Most op­tions are easy to un­der­stand and ac­cess and there’s usu­ally an ‘Ad­vanced Set­tings’ but­ton for more tech-savvy op­tions to tweak to their hearts’ con­tent. We es­pe­cially like how the DIR-890L’s QoS man­age­ment sys­tem is de­vice-based rather than ap­pli­ca­tion-based, mean­ing to say that con­nec­tions are pri­or­i­tized by rank­ing de­vices con­nected to the router. Apps-based QoS man­age­ment sys­tems are trick­ier to setup as they usu­ally re­quire the ap­pli­ca­tion’s port set­tings, which can be hard to ob­tain.

Users can also down­load the my­dlink Cloud app from the App Store or Google Play to re­motely con­trol and man­age their routers. How­ever, like its com­peti­tors, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of such apps still leaves much to be de­sired since some fea­tures are miss­ing from the app. D-Link also of­fers another app called SharePort that lets users ac­cess files on ex­ter­nal stor­age de­vices con­nected to the router us­ing their iOS or An­droid de­vice.

LED sta­tus in­di­ca­tors on the router let users know in­stantly if some­thing has gone wrong.

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