D-Link DSL-3785

A SMALL, FAST AND RO­BUST DO­MES­TIC MO­DEM ROUTER THAT MAKES THE MOST OF MANY CON­NEC­TION TYPES

PC & Tech Authority - - CONTENTS - NICK ROSS

In some ways we’re sad to be re­view­ing the DSL-3785. This mo­dem router sup­ports both Aus­tralia’s sec­ond-rate NBN net­work plus New Zealand’s su­pe­rior, bre-based UFB (Ul­tra-Fast Broad­band) equiv­a­lent – it hurt know­ing we couldn’t get the best from it.

None­the­less, as many long-suf­fer­ing own­ers of poor in­ter­net con­nec­tions know, bad mo­dem routers (frequently the models sup­plied by ISPs) can dra­mat­i­cally am­plify one’s frus­tra­tions. While the DSL-3785’s $200 price tag isn’t par­tic­u­larly cheap in to­day’s mar­ket, it’s not overly ex­pen­sive and aims to of­fer high-end, con­sumer-level fea­tures to peo­ple with new con­nec­tions or up­graders.

We tested the diminu­tive D-Link in our three-storey Syd­ney town­house and were de­lighted to see that it streamed in­ter­net and HD video to the top oor just as hap­pily as its larger, more-ex­pen­sive ri­val man­aged. How­ever, for Ul­tra High De ni­tion streams you’ll still need a Wi-Fi range ex­ten­der or an (ex­pen­sive) Mesh Wi-Fi sys­tem if you want your net­work to per­form at dis­tance.

In past tests, we’ve noted that MU-MIMO (Mul­ti­ple User-MIMO) Wi-Fi tech­nol­ogy doesn’t make much dif­fer­ence to per­for­mance, even when a mo­bile de­vice is com­pat­i­ble with it. None­the­less, we found that the router suc­cess­fully streamed mul­ti­ple videos around the house while the kids were on YouTube. Still, if you need to en­sure that some de­vices are pri­ori­tised for band­width, you can sep­a­rate them onto the dual 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

The DSL-3785 is sim­ple to setup via a web in­ter­face and the

rmware-based fea­tures are easy to nav­i­gate. It’s very much a do­mes­tic unit with no VPN ter­mi­na­tions or cor­po­rate fea­tures, but the likes of port for­ward­ing are easy to con gure and vis­i­tors can con­nect to a guest net­work with­out gain­ing ac­cess to your pri­vate les.

Ul­ti­mately, it’s small, un­ob­tru­sive, re­li­able (though time will tell), good value and fast which is all many peo­ple will want from a mo­dem router. Whether you need to set-up a new con­nec­tion or you’ve had a gut­ful of your cur­rent con­nec­tion not per­form­ing as it should, it’s worth a look.

KEY SPECS

VDSL2/ADSL2+ mo­dem • dual-band AC1200 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi • RJ-11 port • 1x USB 2.0 port • 4x Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ports (one is WAN con­fig­urable) • Guest Net­work • nbn and UFB ready

$200 • www.dlink.com.au

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