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

Launch SRP: S$299

Performance - 5GHz

Chariot and QCheck Performance Results - 5GHz Band

D-Link DIR-865L Wireless Performance Results - 5GHz Band
Average Downlink Throughput (Mbps) - Chariot Average Uplink Throughput (Mbps) - Chariot Downlink TCP Throughput of 1MB (Mbps) Uplink TCP Throughput of 1MB (Mbps) UDP Streaming (kbps) Time to transfer 1GB Zip file
 137.945 107.610 91.954 86.022 997.045 (0.0% loss) 45s
2m with WPA2 - AES
135.341 105.637 81.633 80.808 995.456 (0.0% loss) 38s
112.699 96.386 82.474 72.072 998.786 (0.0% loss) N.A.
120.410 88.883 84.633 60.150 1,077.14 (0.0% loss) N.A.

Although D-Link did fairly well on the 5GHz band, its 802.11ac performance failed to match up to ASUS which blazed its way across the tested distances between 2 to 25 meters. The DIR-865L netted a peak average throughput of 138Mbps at close range, with a similar result of 135.341Mbps with WPA2-AES applied. Its downlink speed dipped slightly to 112.699Mbps when the range is extended to 10 meters, and 120.41Mbps at 25 meters. That's not too shoddy, considering it outdid Netgear's R6300 contender at every checkpoint. However, the DIR-865L pales in comparison to the unforgiving ASUS RT-AC66U, which maintained a steady throughput of 162Mbps (give or take) for all ranges. Transfer time for a 1GB file took 38 seconds, versus ASUS' timing of 32 seconds. Sadly, D-Link's average uplink figures were less impressive compared to its downlink results. It peaked at 108Mbps at 2 meters, with a final data rate of 89Mbps at 25 meters. If we had to nitpick, these numbers are closer to that of an 802.11n router rather than that of a souped-up AC alternative. It's also interesting to note that all three models are equipped with Broadcom wireless chipsets, which suggests ASUS' deployment  of external antennas might have something to do with its noteworthy 802.11ac performances.

Although Netgear did well in the 2.4GHz tests, it was ASUS' turn to shine on the 802.1ac playing field. D-Link's 5GHz performance was somewhere in between.

In all honesty, D-Link's uplink results on the 5GHz band are closer to that of a 802.11n router rather than that of an enhanced AC model.

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

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