Having not previously touched a D-Link wireless router after the purchase of my 857 802.11n unit a few years back, I was quite surprised at the complete redesign of the "cloud routers". Though, it's not entirely a bad design, it does go away from the typical square form factor we are used to. Whatever the case, I do enjoy the new design as it welcomes the modern art movement into your living space as a functional device.
Performance of the router was a mixed bag. With the 2.4GHz band, we had a great connection with locations 1 through 3, but things took a turn for the worse when we moved outside that 20 foot bubble to location four. The 5GHz band again was exceptional even connecting at 1.3 Gbps in our initial testing, but moving outside the reach of 5GHz, connection rates fell down to a measly 20 - 30 Mbps. Even with that, the D-Link was hands down the best router for connecting to your network from above, on a second floor.
Management features have increased by a fair bit since I last touched a D-Link web UI. Here we have new "cloud" features like myDLINK and SharePort. With SharePort, you can access all your videos, music and photos on the go by connecting a USB storage solution to your router.
Market pricing of the D-Link 868L has the unit at $159.99. Comparable routers in this segment are the Linksys EA6700 at $179.99, the Netgear R6300 at $179.99 and the Buffalo AirStation Extreme 1750 at $139.99.
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