D-Link DIR-868L review: extremely fast router

Flagship 802.11ac router

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Introduction

D-Link recently overhauled its line of routers and replaced them with 802.11ac models. We tested the new flagship product, the DIR-868L, which is capable of some very impressive performance indeed.


And while the technology inside is new, D-Link is continuing with the black cylindrical water kettle design introduced with last year's DIR-645. It also features the SmartBeam technology first used in the DIR-645. The concept uses 6 multi-directional antennas to find and track individual devices, then focus beams of bandwidth to those particular devices.

D-Link DIR-868L

D-Link routers typically are not the cheapest, but the DIR-868L is on the level of the high-end models from ASUS, Linksys, Netgear and Sitecom. It has an average price of $170.


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