D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gaming Cloud Router has not the powerful performance of some competing 11 ac routers, however, the device offers good enough performance. Some feature improvements have also been added over D Link’s lackluster introductory 11 ac router. The DIR 868L consists of a cylindrical housing reminiscent of a large coffee grinder. The design is quite similar to few of other D-Link product. The shape is intended to enhance a D-Link feature called AC SmartBeam, D-Link’s version of beam forming. The technology helps wireless performance by guiding a wireless signal to the wireless clients. The height of DIR 868 L is also conducive to housing high power amplifiers. The cloud router measures 8.5*3.5*4 inches. The front panel has two LEDs: one indicates power status and the other WAN activity.
It is a dual band router supporting up to approximately 450 Mbps at the 2.4 GHz band. Besides, it also features 4GB LAN ports, a Gigabit WAN port, one USB 2.0 port for connecting external storage and printers. The device also supports W-Fi protected set up. There are no status lights for the network ports that some user might miss. Setting up DIR-868L is a typical example of setting up a home router. One need to plug the router into an outlet, connect the WAN port to an Internet source with a network cable (one comes along with the Router). Another cable is used to connect a computer to one of router’s LAN ports. If there is no second cable, one can also use a Wi-Fi client and connect to the router’s default Wi-Fi networks. The router comes with a label having connection information printed on it.
The router ships with a quick connect guide that includes a QRS code. After scanning the code from a smart phone, phone’s browser is redirected to Google play or iTunes to download the D-Link QRS mobile app. unfortunately, no Windows phone version is available yet. Once the application is installed, router can be connected to the phone using the pre-configured SSID and passphrase. The information is printed on a small card that slips in and out of a slot at the bottom of a router. D-Link’s interface had not gone transformation since DIR-655 gaming router back in 2007. The interface is adequate, however, looks cluttered and outdated. It can do some refreshing changes.
D-Link’s routers have always captured the imagination of game lovers and techies because of advanced capabilities such as QOS. Some other advanced features include robust IPv6 support, the ability to enable IPv4 or IPv6 multicast streams, virtual servers and inbound filtering rules. A specific feature known as mydlink app has undergone nice change. The app allows remote management of the router. The application services are pretty convenient for managing the router and monitoring connections remotely from a mobile device or PC.
File sharing is another remarkable feature of the device. User can connect a USB storage device to DIR 868L to create a shared storage space making it easy to access and share files between computers and devices connected to the network. One can also plug in a USB hard drive to stream library of videos and music to laptop. Shared storage space can be customized by creating separate accounts to control access to the USB drive.