A Great En­try-Level Wire­lessAC router

D-Link DIR-850L Wire­less AC1200 Dual-band Gi­ga­bit Cloud Router

HWM (Singapore) - - Lab Test - TEXT // KENNY YEO

breeze since the setup menu is eas easy to o un­der­standd u un­der­stand d and nav­i­gatei nav­i­gate. e Users can also down­load D-Link’s QRS (Quick Router Setup) mo­bile app to setup the router us­ing their Ap­ple or An­droid de­vice. The app works well enough, but we pre­fer the con­ven­tional way of us­ing a com­puter.

To add, the router setup menu has all the op­tions you would ex­pect to find from a mod­ern router such as me­dia pri­or­i­ti­za­tion, parental con­trol and range port for­ward­ing.

The DIR-850L also of­fers cloud func­tion­al­ity. By down­load­ing the mydlink SharePort App, users can ac­cess con­tent such as doc­u­ments, pho­tos and videos that are stored on de­vices con­nected to the router, any­time and any­where.

In ad­di­tion, there are other apps such as mydlink Lite app that lets you man­age your routers and con­nect IP cam­eras. It will also let you view your IP cam­era feeds.

As for per­for­mance, the DIR850L was de­cent but had some prob­lems with lost data pack­ets. Av­er­age down­link through­put on the 5GHz band was 95Mbps and 79bps at dis­tances of 10 and 25 me­ters re­spec­tively, whereas up­link through­put over the same range was 74Mbps and 61MBps re­spec­tively. Un­for­tu­nately, UDP stream­ing tests re­vealed that at dis­tances ove over 10 me­ters me­ters, rs around 3% to 5% of data pack­ets were lost. That may not be a lot, but if a sta­ble con­nec­tion is im­por­tant to you, the DIR-850L might dis­ap­point.

All things con­sid­ered, the DIR-850L is a tidy per­former that of­fers de­cent speed, ease of setup and some sort of cloud func­tion­al­ity. Its cloud apps are not the most re­fined, but they do work as ad­ver­tised and could be handy in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. Best of all, it is also priced af­ford­ably, mak­ing it an at­trac­tive op­tion for those seek­ing an en­try-level Wire­less-AC router.

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