Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Gadget Review: D-Link Wireless AC Smartbeam 1750 Mbps Home Cloud App-Enabled Dual-Band Gigabit Router

Some background. Prior to this D-Link router, I had a linksys. I mostly gravitate toward linksys and stay away from Belkin. Those are my preferences. I haven't tried a D-Link in a long time and I very satisfied.

LOOKS. Let's just say I call it The Pod. It is sleep and nice looking. Still looks like a pod from a Terminator movie.

SETUP. Setup was so easy, it can very well be termed plug and play. The simple setup was easy to do with the QRS app. I set up the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz. Since then, I have used it  few times to change passwords and network names. I also set up a guest network and furthered configured the router at the ip address.

RANGE. Wow. The range on this router is amazing. I tested it out to 1/10th of a mile and I still had wifi signal to my router (one which was still able to navigate online). Having a signal 4 houses down my own....that's awesome.

INSTRUCTIONS. These sucked. Don't even include the ip address.

SETTING UP REMOTE ACCESS. This has taken quite a while and I still have problems with it. I might just stick with the pogo plug. The pogo plug has been more reliable than this difficult to set up process. I was merely trying to connect a hard drive.

CONCLUSION. This router has amazing range and it looks great. The initial setup was very easy. Further setup was slightly more complicated, especially since the router included mediocre I instructions. The apps are helpful. But, remote sharing has proven to be a hassle to setup.

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