D-Link DIR-826L - Value & Verdict

Gordon Kelly

By Gordon Kelly



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Compare this with the DIR-645 which achieved 10.3MB per second (82.4Mbit) at two metres, the same at 10 metres with a clear line of sight, 5.61MB per second (44.88) at 10 metres with a wall in the way and 2.57MB per second (20.56Mbit) at 13 metres with two standing walls between. The DIR-645 only has a single 2.4GHz band yet interestingly its 13 metre figure is faster than the DIR-826L 2.4GHz at just two metres. Similarly the Linksys EA4500 makes mincemeat of the DIR-826L, as does the Netgear WNDR4500 and this doesn't even mention the next generation 802.11ac Buffalo AirStation 1750 D1800H (though that is comparing apples and oranges).


All of which means the D-Link DIR-826L better be cheap and it is, but not to an eye-opening degree. With an £85 RRP it costs £5 more than the DIR-645 (though the latter has just a single band), but it is significantly cheaper than the £160 Linksys EA4500, £130 Netgear WNDR4500 and £139 Buffalo AirStation 1750 D1800H. That said we can't help but feel the inclusion of mydlink still makes the DIR-826L more expensive that it should be at this performance level and at this stage the Cloud software isn't an essential inclusion.

The DIR-826L is meant to herald the arrival of mydlink, but sadly both it and D-Link's Cloud platform have got off to a whimper.


The DIR-826L is a baffling product. The flagship router for D-Link's entry into Cloud-based network control is constructed from decidedly last generation technology. This means just two internal antennas, no SmartBeam and no 802.11ac which results in hugely disappointing wireless performance. The mydlink Cloud platform is slightly more encouraging, but it is basic at present and not nearly as advanced or intuitive as Linksys' rival 'Cisco Connect Cloud'. We expect better as it evolves and D-Link 802.11ac routers will arrive in the coming months, but this is a damp squib.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 6
  • Performance 5
  • Usability 7
  • Value 7


August 11, 2012, 6:21 pm

"We wish this would become the defacto form factor for routers from now on."

All very well, but how can you wall-mount it?


August 12, 2012, 8:35 am

A fair point... if you like to wall mount routers. I've never known anyone do so given all the wires that run from them.

Chris Allan

December 21, 2012, 3:49 am

It looks like a coffee maker...


January 10, 2014, 5:06 pm

Im getting 57mbit download and 96mbit upload at 3m. Your terminal has a problem for sure.


January 27, 2014, 12:13 am

I'm beginning to think that all routers suck in one way or the other. There doesn't seem to be a decent review for any of them. Same thing was going with all these review sites when trying to decide on a colour laser.

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