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As Compared to Linksys EA4500,
This review is from: D-Link Wireless N 600 Mbps Home Cloud App-Enabled Dual-Band Gigabit Router (DIR-826L) (Personal Computers)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)I have been through a number of wireless routers over the past decade or more, everything from the A/Bs to the Gs and multiple instantiations of the Ns. I, originally, started with Linksys routers, but have strayed on multiple occasions due to perceived quality issues.
My recent experience routers includes the Netgear RangeMax (very stable and reliable router) and the recent Linksys EA4500 (again stable and reliable with an increase in wireless speed). The D-Link has a somewhat unique form factor - cylindrical tower (I am noting a trend to fewer blinking Leds on the newer routers).
My review of the D-Link Wireless-N600 will highlight some of the differences from the Linksys EA4500 when I see them.
Setup: installation took roughly 5-10 minutes, essentially plug and play, no CDs to load drivers from or software. My extended setup (the whole network: 2nd desktop, netbooks, Wii, XBox, Roku, smartphones, wireless printer, 1TB USB storage device added as network storage) took an additional 30-45 minutes, for an overall install/setup time of a little less than 1 hour. The only troubleshooting necessary was a simple reboot if the router did not connect immediately after configuration. This is very comparable to the Linksys EA4500.
Network Speed: I ran the numbers from Speedtest.net, having tried multiple sites in the past with a wide range of variance between sites. I ran both desktops and a remote netbook (trying to stretch the limits by moving to the backyard in an effort to promote a weak connection and dropped packets - the router is positioned on the second floor of a 2500 sqft house near the front, so the signal traversed most of the house through a floor and multiple walls, including stucco).
Upload speeds all ranged from 2.5 to 2.7 (no real change, but then I expected that since most ISPs restrict upload speeds well below download speeds)[Note this is somewhat better than the Linksys EA4500s numbers of around 1.6]; download speeds 12.09 - 24.59Mbps. The speeds were very similar to those achieved with the Linksys EA4500.
As noted the range was tested through multiple walls/floors/materials and seems to have been roughly the same as that provided with the Linksys EA4500.
Problems: Similar to those in the Linksys model, regarding added USB devices - hubs will not work, but otherwise it is nice being able to hang a 1-2Tb drive off the router for access by the entire house. I do like the guest access on the Linksys, and the price of the D-Link is about half that of the Linksys.
Overall, a good router, providing good range and speed. If I were choosing between the Linksys EA4500 and this D-Link model, the major deciding factor would have to be the price. Personally, I will hang the D-Link off the Linksys via CAT-5 cable, that I ran way back when I networked the house, to another room to provide a second wireless access point giving me better overall coverage. P-)
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2012 10:16:05 AM PDT
Gern Blanston says:
Have to compared the two cloud services between this D-Link and the Linksys EA4500? Curious to know what the differences are.
Posted on Jul 18, 2012 7:40:10 AM PDT
Dr. M. A. Dixon says:
Thank you for your helpful review. I, too, am interested in hearing more about the cloud services....
Posted on Jul 19, 2012 8:50:50 AM PDT
Mark Kadee says:
I have had this router for a week now and in terms of speed & reliability I am very pleased with. The only thing I can't for the life of me figure out is how to make the supposedule on board DNLA media server work. Have a 2TB WD Mybook attached which the router does correctly assigns an IP to but the drive will NOT appear on my network the regular way. Only when using the Dlink app or by entering the full up of the drive can I have access - but nothing else. I have googled & posted for 5 days straight but to no avail. If anybody knows how to configure this properly than I think a lot of people would be happy. DLink is of no help whatsoever - there is ZERO text in the "storage" section of their help menu, go figure..
Posted on Nov 19, 2012 10:48:26 AM PST
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M. Kaainoa says:
I am looking into this router for purchase, and dlink's site says that devices are limited to 500GB:
"With the free SharePort Mobile app and built-in USB port, you can locally access your favorite videos, music and photos on a connected USB device wirelessly from your tablet or Smartphone. Supporting storage devices of up to 500GB, the SharePort Mobile app lets you quickly and easily store thousands of movies, pictures, movies and more, all in one centralized location. "
I hope you can try with a small USB device to see if it works, say a 8GB flash drive, and update us so we know the 2TB drive is the reason for incompatibility.
Posted on Dec 3, 2012 9:05:30 AM PST
So, both your Roku and the XBox still work? I saw a review where someone said D-Link does not support XBox?? What wireless router wouldn't support an XBox? I mean wi-fi is wi-fi, right? Seems like this is not true because that would be murder for that company, I would think.
Anyhow, please let me know if you can. I really want to get one of these but have both a Roku and (my son has an) XBox and I want to ensure everything will work once I get this.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2013 11:48:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 30, 2013 11:48:29 AM PDT
David Stapleton says:
Everything still works, this router is my workhorse for the house - Roku, XBox, Wii, iPad, iPhones and PCs
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