External Storage Testing
In our external storage performance test, we map the USB 3.0 storage port on each router as a network drive, then run ATTO Disk benchmark and record the best results over three runs.
External storage performance for the D-Link DIR-890L/R wasn't the best we have seen, but wasn't the worst we have seen either. In read, the router was able to reach 58 MB/s, while write speeds touched 32 MB/s.
Since the release of 802.11ac technology, vendors have been producing solutions from the low-end budget friendly AC1200 all the way up to AC2400 Wave and AC3200. While many of these share the same platform underneath, your decision will largely depend upon product support, firmware and reliability. With MU-MIMO solutions set to start releasing in the very near future, upgrading your network has never empowered the home user more than now.
With the D-Link DIR-890L/R, we have our fourth installment of the AC3200 series, and quite possibly the best-looking router I have ever laid my eyes on. With that said, build quality adds to this solution, as it carries a solid platform underneath with the Broadcom 5G setup and the plastics, while managing to grab nearly every fingerprint in a 10 foot radius do fit together quite well.
Performance of the DIR-890L/R was rather good during testing in my testing. We found it to be in the top tier when it came to LAN and WAN performance. Wireless throughput for the 2.4GHz band was towards the top of the chart, but we lacked the ability to test the 40MHz band as there was no way of turning off the coexistence feature. 5GHz performance on the other hand was good, but again not chart topping, in both 20 and 40MHz we reached performance on par with other solutions on our chart, while the 80MHz band was quite a bit lower than most solutions tested at 395 Mbps.
Performance certainly isn't everything when it comes to routers, as most users just want something that is reliable and easy to use. The D-Link DIR-890L/R has just that, like all solutions that come through the lab, I personally used the D-Link as my home network's router for three weeks to see if it would act up or crash and surprisingly I had none of those issues. While the router does carry a massive footprint, it looks amazing doing it; a piece of art that's functional.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||87%|
|Bundle and Packaging||82%|
|Value for Money||78%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||83%|
The Bottom Line: D-Link's DIR-890L/R is an amazing looking solution and while it didn't carry top tier performance in our testing, it is a reliable solution with excellent firmware to back it up.
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