It has been a little bit since we last tested a DLink solution and it was good to see what they have been up to. With that said, its quite apparent with the 882 that build quality wasn't the number one goal.
The enclosure of the router feels hollow and plastics are very cheap. The antennas aren't removable leaving room for potential breakage without a way to replace or upgrade.
On the other hand, the 882 has it where it counts and that's performance. The gigabit ports are pushing through at wired speeds and the WAN port isn't holding anything back for those of you with legit broadband connections.
The wireless performance rivals that of much higher-end routers and to be honest, there only a few routers we have tested that offered higher 5GHz performance. In range testing the router wasn't the quickest but it was able to hold its performance through 30ft for both 2.4 and 5GHz testing thanks to the high gain antennas.
The firmware OS is one of the cleaner solutions on the market with simple menus to navigate while still offering the mild enthusiast enough features to play with.
With that, this isn't going to be a router you want for storage as the USB 3.0 ports are atrocious in terms of performance but this solution does offer and represent one of the best bangs for your buck on the current market.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The 882 has one goal; to be the best entry-level AC2600 class router available and for my money, Dlink has delivered.
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