File Transfer Speeds
In our file transfer test, we use a single 4GB ISO file and transfer it from test system one to our second test system via the network. To eliminate any bottlenecks, each system is utilizing a Corsair Neutron 256GB SSD.
File transfer testing showed the 880L second to just the WRT1900 from Linksys at 80MHz, while 5GHz 40MHz and 20MHz the 880 topped the charts. Over on LAN transfers, we found the router to allow 112 MB/s.
The D-Link DIR 880L is one of the most surprising routers I have seen come through the lab. Sure, we have had the WRT1900 and Netgear Nighthawk, but those were expected to top the charts from inception. For some reason, I wasn't expecting the 880L to be such a great router - to be honest, I figured it would do the job, but not as well as it did.
In many of our tests, I had to run the router through them multitudes of times to confirm what I was seeing. As such, the router came out on top in a few scenarios where I wouldn't expect it. Take the 5GHz file transfer chart for instance, the 880L is second to just the WRT1900, and with LAN to LAN transfers, it's actually the quickest by a few MB/s.
In addition to the performance, the 880L carries a number of user friendly features. I really enjoyed the way the QoS was handled with this router, where you can drag and drop PCs into categories. Another feature that is great for the average user is Shareport, allowing you access to your files from any number of devices.
The only downfall and perhaps it's not a major downfall, but for people like me that enjoy a good amount of control with their routers, the ability to have a more administrator type settings was missed.
Something similar to the old D-Link firmware with the orange and grey scheme would have fit nicely with me, but as this product's intended market is with the average consumer, I can see why D-Link opted for the user friendly approach.
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