DLink AC3200 Review
The D-Link AC3200 router is definitely the most eye-catching router, but its sci-fi look is not the only thing about it worth mentioning your attention. It’s easy to use with a stable and strong Wi-Fi signal. It can also serve as your network storage server when you’re hosting an external HD.
Powerful hardware and radical design
The D-Link 3200 has a unique and user friendly design, and looks more like a drone than a router. It looks brilliant in race-car red, and is the most attention-seeking networking device you’ve seen. It measures 15.2X9.7X4.7 inches and has 6 sprouting antennas. These are not detachable, so you won’t be able to replace them with high-gain third party antennas to boost your range.
It is powered by Braodcom dual-core 1GHZ processor. On its back it has one Gigabit WAN port and 4 Gigabit LAN ports. It also has one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port so you can use it to host a external drive or printer. On the top, the 3200 has an array of lights running into vertical line that show the status of the Wi-Fi network, Internet connection, and the two USB ports.
As a tri-band router, the D-link 3200 has 3 separate built-in access points. Combining all of them, the router has a total bandwidth of 3,200 mbps at any given time. Since a client can connect to only one of these bands at a time, it’s top theoretical speed remains 1,300 Mbps at the most.
The second 5Ghz band is used only when multiple clients are trying to connect to the router, which is very helpful with clients having different WiFi standards (802.11n, 802.11a, or 802.11ac). In this case, faster client will connect with one band while other clients may hook with the remaining bands, allowing each one of them to run at their fastest possible speed without adversely affecting each other.
You can use DIR-890 either as 3 separate Wi-Fi networks (with each for one band) or combine them into a single network using a Smart Connect Mode. In Smart Connect Mode, which is also a default setting, Dlink 3200 will automatically connect each client to the most optimal band.
Easy to use, limited Web interface
The DIR-890 is easy to use, and comes with pre-configured with Wi-Fi network and password. You just have to plug it and connect to an internet source, such as cable or DSL modem. Once you connect a client to the network, you can run a web browser to launch a wizard that will quickly walk you through few steps to finish the setup. You can easily change the Wi-Fi network name and password.