There are a few things which normally live beneath your desk. You have dust bunnies, a maze of cables and wires, a few chips that never found their way to your mouth and your Wi-Fi router. Now D-Link is looking to raise the Wi-Fi router from an Under The Desk Dweller to a proud to be displayed front and center citizen.
The new D-Link AC750 (DIR-818LW) Dual Band Color Wi-Fi Gigabit Router is a mouthful to say, but it is easy on the eyes. While a router that looks pretty and comes in multiple colors is nice, the real question is – is it fast and reliable? We took the D-Link AC750 11AC Router for a spin to find out how well it worked in a real world setting.
Please watch our video review of the D-Link AC750 Dual Band Color Router…
Cut Down on Interference And Move to the Faster 5GHz Highway
Most Wi-Fi routers operate in the 2.4GHz range. This would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that lots of other devices also use the 2.4GHz range. What this means is that you can get interference when using a 2.4Ghz router and interference = slower speeds. The D-Link AC750 is what they call a new 11AC router.
We will save you all the totally confusing technical jargon and just say that an 11AC router can use the 5 Ghz range, which has much less interference. Think of 5Ghz as a multilane highway, with very little traffic. 2.4Ghz is a two lane highway that is filled with congestion. The long and short of all this? You tend to get faster download speeds with 5 Ghz, since there is much less traffic.
Why Do You Need A Dual Band Router?
So, you might be asking – why does the D-Link AC750 offer both 2.4GHz and 5GHz modes, if the 5GHz mode is faster? Two reasons – compatibility and priorities. In terms of compatibility, some devices only have a 2.4GHz antenna, so they will need to work with the D-Link AC750 in the 2.4GHz mode.
Starting to freak out that this is all too complicated? Stay calm, you don’t actually need to know any of this. If you pick the 5Ghz band on a device that only supports 2.4Ghz, the router will just automatically switch over to 2.4Ghz. Every device we tested (iPad, Android tablets, iPhone 5, Blackberry Z30, Samsung S4, Numerous computers, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One) worked perfectly with the D-Link AC750.
The second reason for a Dual Band router is to give priority to different tasks. Things like email and web surfing do not require super high speed, so you can do this at 2.4GHz. On the other hand, watching movies and video chats require high speed, so you can do this on the 5GHz band. By using the two bands for different tasks, you can give priority to your tasks.
It Is Not All About Looks and Speed
Yes the D-Link AC750 comes in multiple colors and looks good. Yes, the AC750 is very fast when operating in 802.11AC mode. However, this router does not stop at just being good looking and fast. As we demonstrated in the video, we really love the simple setup via an app and the ability to plug a USB disk into the router and stream the content to your tablets and smartphones.
Here are some of the highlights on the D-Link AC750 Color Router -
- Next Generation AC750 Technology – increased speed, range and reliability ensure strong whole-home coverage
- Fast Gigabit Ports – four 10/100/1000 Gigabit ports provide high-speed wired connectivity
- Dual Band Performance – up to 433Mbps on the 5GHz band and 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band for maximum throughput with less Wi-Fi interference
- Backward Compatibility – works with existing Wi-Fi devices
- mydlink Cloud Services – remotely monitor your network using your smartphone or tablet
- SharePort – stream content from a connected USB drive to multiple mobile devices with a free mobile app
The D-Link AC750 Provides Brains, Brawn and Beauty
After using the D-Link AC750 for a few weeks, we can say we are very impressed. The D-Link AC 750 (DIR-818LW) provides the perfect mix of brains, brawn and beauty. The D-Link has intelligent features like setup via a smartphone app and the ability to stream content from a USB device to mobile devices. The Brawn comes in the ability to zip data around your house in the 802.11AC range (5Ghz), the older 2.4GHz range or if you want serious power – a combination of both bands for the ultimate speed. Of course, the beauty is in having a Wi-Fi router that comes in multiple colors and has a curved design that is easy on the eyes.
In the end, we are very happy to report that the beauty with the D-Link AC750 Color Wi-Fi Router is not just skin deep.
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