D-Link new AC1900 router is the latest to be added to their EXO series of routers, which have all been designed to provide the user with great power and style, whilst being affordable.
Today we are going to be reviewing the latest of these EXO series routers, which has been dubbed the DIR-879.
Probably one of the most notable features of the DIR-879 is its pyramid-esk design, which makes it stand out far from the crowd, featuring a black finish around the trim with a striking orange top panel. Around the side of the router, you will also find the four folding antennas, which are quite small and only offer two folding positions, up and down, we would have preferred a bit more adjustability.
On the back of the DIR-879 you will also find a total of four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a WAN port, a reset button, power switch and a toggle for both WPS and to switch between the router and extender modes.
This is finished off with a large light strip at the front of the router, which does only show one status at a time but it still manages to make the router look sleeker. It will shine orange when it is rebooting or has been reset, and white when it is working normally.
All this results in a combined dimension of 3.5 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches, which is very small when combined with competitor’s routers.
That said, we would have preferred the router to be a little larger if it meant the addition of a USB port.
Setting up the DIR-879 is a very simple procedure, it managed through a web-based console that can be accessed through the usual 192.168.0.1 address (that may be different depending on your home network).
The first time you load up this page it will show a Setup Wizard, this will take you through a number of basic options to get your new router ready including some Wi-Fi settings, however, for most that is probably as far as you’ll need to go as the router will recognize the rest for you.
That said, there are plenty of other settings that you can get into if you so choose to, including QoS, firewall, website filtering, parental control, logs and much more.
During our own tests, we definitely wouldn’t say that this is the fastest router available, we aren’t going to throw any boring numbers at you, but just know that you are definitely going to be able to stream some video whilst browsing the web at the same time with this router, and it will definitely handle a few connected devices, however, there are a few other routers out there that are just a little pricer, but over greater speeds and a USB port (yes, we are still annoyed about that).
That said, not many have a design quite as nice as this, as long as you like orange anyway.
You can pick up the D-Link EXO AC1900 (DIR-879) router from a number of retailers around the web and on the streets, where it should be priced at around £150.
[alert type=blue ]Disclosure: D-Link sent us a sample of this router for review purposes.[/alert]