D-Link DIR-865L Dual-band Router - Average Joe

Launch SRP: S$299

Introduction

D-Link Enters The AC Field

The DIR-865L marks D-Link's inevitable entry into the domain of 802.11ac routers. Also known by its longer moniker 'Wireless AC 1750 Dual Band Router", or the "Amplifi Cloud Router 5700" in other regions, the DIR-865L now joins the ranks of ASUS, Linksys, and Netgear, who've already furnished the networking market with access points brandishing theoretical top speeds of up to 1,300Mbps for the 5GHz band, and 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. That said, what does the DIR-865L bring to the table? For starters, the device is packed with D-Link's cloud services; a trend which seems to be growing in popularity with router makers these days. Think Linksys and their latest EA-series of Smart Wi-Fi routers. Now, back to D-Link. By logging in to the mydlink portal, either through a computer or a mobile app, users are able to access and configure their router's settings via the cloud. This applies to paranoid parents on the move as well, especially those who love to check up on their child's web-surfing habits via the router's logs. But first, there are two things you might want to take note.

One, the app in question is called "mydlink Lite", and it's only available on iOS and Android at this point in time. Tough luck if you're on Windows or Blackberry. Two, if you're using a Mac to access D-Link's cloud portal,  remember to install Java for OS X 10.7 and above for Java plug-ins aren't pre-installed with the newer OS X versions. D-Link has another SharePort Mobile app worth a mention. Available exclusively on iOS and Android, users are reportedly able to stream multimedia content on an attached USB drive to their smartphones or tablets. Apparently, the app also enables you to save these 'streamed' files for offline playback. Other perks of the DIR-865L include IPv6 support, backward compatibility with older 802.11a/b/g/n devices, as well as Advanced and OpenDNS parental controls. Let's take a quick look at its design and features before we check out the router's 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless performances.

7.5
Design
7
Features
8.5
Performance
8
Value
7
The Good
Backward compatible with older wireless adapters
Decent 2.4GHz wireless throughput
Comprehensive IPv6 support
The Bad
Average wireless throughput on AC band
Confusing mydlink setup procedure