Nowadays, every building that you will visit, be it home or office, you will find a router. It is a device used to provide an internet connection to your devices such as a computer or smartphone. Routers are the devices which can be either installed by your own or provided by your ISP. Routers are required to create a wired or wireless connection. These devices act as an access point for all internet-enabled devices. The D-LINK DIR-885L/R is one of the best router available in the market, and in today’s D-Link DIR-885L/R review, we will see a glimpse of its performance and features.
The D-Link DIR-885L/R is equipped with four external antennas for directional transmission. The beamforming, which the router comes equipped with, help in decreasing interference and increase the range of the devices that are connected to the router and are within the network range.
In today’s D-Link DIR-885L/R review, we will talk about the specifications, features, technology, and performance of the device and will also shed some light on the pros and cons of the device. Without wasting much time, let’s have a look at its pros and cons.
- D-Link DIR-885L/R has a sleek and attractive design
- It uses MU-MIMO technology
- It provides a decent throughput performance in testing
- It supports open-source firmware
- It is a bit pricey
- It has average file transfer speeds
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D-Link has designed its DIR-885L/R router in such a way that it looks sleek and attractive. Besides providing support for open-source firmware, the router offers fast throughput performance, MU-MIMO data streaming. Packed with all these features, it is one of the best midrange routers available in the market.
D-Link DIR-885L/R Review
Talking about the specifications of the D-Link DIR-885L/R router, it offers a speed of 2600Mbps as its maximum throughput on 5GHz while on 2.4GHz it has a maximum throughput of 1000Mbps. The DIR-885L/R has a theoretical maximum throughput of 3100Mbps with the simultaneous transmission. Most of the routers available in the market are only capable of providing 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz bands.
D-link DIR-885L/R has a 4GB LAN ports, a WAN port for input and two USB ports. The USB 2.0 port has been provided for connecting the router with printer through a network, while there is also a USB 3.0 port which can be used for connecting storage devices.
D-link DIR-885L/R is a part of D-Link’s better-performing router series. D-link launched the product in 2015 during the CES. The router looks sleek and stylish, and it has been designed pretty much similar to its previous version dabbed DIR-890L. D-link is providing the router in bright red color, it has an angular pyramidal design, and the router is equipped with external antennas. The design of the D-link DIR-885L/R is pretty much practical, and to suit the needs of the user. Overall in our today’s D-link DIR-885L/R review, we can say that the design of the router is a bold and refreshing one.
Talking about the connectivity options in D-link DIR-885L/R, we have single Gigabit Ethernet WAN port along with the 4GB Ethernet port which is placed at the back of the router. Though most of the router in the category comes equipped with both USB 3.0 and 2.0 USB ports, D-link has provided only one USB 3.0 port to the router. With only one USB 3.0 port in hand, you will be limited with the number of devices that you can connect with your route, including printer, external storage drives, etc.
With dimensions of (HWD) 4.7*15.2*917-inches depth, the router comes equipped with four adjustable and removable external antennas. The router has a 1.4 GHz processor, and on 2.4 GHz band, it delivered speeds of up to 1000Mbps while on the 5GHz band it delivered speeds up to 2,165 MBPS.
The D-LINK DIR-885L/R router has been designed to support all the latest 802.11ac technologies including band steering, also known as Smart Connect, beamforming (dubbed Advanced AC SmartBeam), and MU-MIMO data streaming. The MU-MIMO data streaming technology does not sequentially send data to compatible clients, but instead, it sends the data at the same time.
One of the main features of the D-LINK DIR-885L/R is that it supports smart connect. The smart connect lets the router pick between two types of Wi-Fi bands and automatically connects the suitable band to your device. The feature ensures that your device connection is to the clearest band at any given time.
Talking about the smart beamforming technology, it has been designed to direct the network bandwidth to your device. Smart beamforming, therefore, provides a reliable internet connection to your device regardless of the device location. Ultimately, with the smart beamforming technology, you can stream high definition videos, browse the internet, surf websites, play online games, Skype, etc. at good speeds.
Also, the router allows you to connect four external wired devices at any time in order to provide amazing streaming and gaming facilities.
In the performance section of our today’s D-link DIR-885L/R review, we will talk about the top-notch experience that we had after we put our hands over the router.
D-link has provided 4×4 data streams to the router, which allows it to support faster Wi-Fi speeds, thereby improving the overall performance of the device. The 4×4 data streams that the router comes equipped with are combined via MU-MIMO or beamforming in order to increase the reliability and the range of the device and the connection.
Talking about the AC technology, the D-LINK DIR-885L/R router is the latest in the market, and it is the only router which is capable of delivering data streams to multiple devices on the network. Devices connected to the router can enjoy up to 3,167 Mbps of speeds in the network.
Overall, the D-LINK DIR-885L/R is capable of providing unmatched results when it comes to performance, and it especially offers best results when a single device is connected to the router for online gaming or video streaming and requires high bandwidth. The DIR-885 is an excellent high-end router available in the market, and the device is capable of serving its users for many years to come. D-LINK DIR-885L/R is one of the best routers that we have reviewed until now. Besides DIR-885, D-LINK DIR-895 is also one of the most outstanding routers available in the market for a slight increase in price.
D-LINK DIR-885L/R is available in the market for around $300, and the product justifies the price as per the router performance and features. But still there are other good options available in the market for the price range, and one of such router is D-Link DIR-890. The router has improved performance with a slight increase in price.
In this section, we will talk about how to set up your D-LINK DIR-885L/R router. Overall, setting up the router is pretty much simple, and one can easily install it using a web-based console. Also, users can use the D-Link Mobile app on their smartphones in order to set the device up. If you are setting up the router using a web console, you have to start by connecting it to the host PC, and in the next step, you will then connect it to the internet. Following the first step, now you have to type the link http://dlinkrouter.local./ in your browser, and an installation wizard will pop up which will take you towards the basic wireless and internet configurations. Now the final step to the setup process is you have to download and install the latest firmware, and you are good to go to use your D-LINK DIR-885L/R router.
Users who in the case faces difficulty in setting up the router need not worry as they can visit the official website of D-LINK DIR-885L/R router and can ask for the customer support to solve any of your problems and queries that they might be facing. On the official website, you can also find the email as well as cellphone contacts of the agents that will help you to contact them. D-Link has an excellent after sales service.
Concluding today’s D-LINK DIR-885L/R review, we would like to say that the router is one of the high-speed performance devices available in the market. The design that D-Link has provided to the router is amazing, and it will enhance the interior of your home or office building. The router is angular and bright red and comes equipped with four adjustable and removable external antennas.
The router besides this has a precise user-friendly management interface, which makes sure that the users won’t face any kind of difficulty while operating or setting it up. We have reviewed many routers until now, and this one is the best router that is best suited for your home, office, or small business. The router is solid and durable when it comes to the lifespan of the product, and it will offer you the best services than any router would offer.