D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Deals

Gordon Kelly

By Gordon Kelly

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MattMe

July 17, 2014, 9:02 am

An image search using your preferred internet search provider also reveals a black version of the DIR-880L. WIll one be coming in future?

What's the best method for connecting this to your ISP? Keep the supplied router plugged in as a modem (wifi disabled), and connect this to the LAN ports for wireless access? Or could I get a separate modem device?

toboev

July 17, 2014, 1:48 pm

"they spend time thinking up a completely new design"
Really - how can you tell? It looks like every other router. Oh, it's white. OK.

toboev

July 17, 2014, 3:00 pm

Ideally you want your ISP device connected to the phone line or cable to be acting as a modem only, which is not the same as just switching off the wifi. If you just switch off the wifi then it is still acting as a router and doing Network Address Translation (NAT). Your second device is also acting as a router, and doing NAT. If you are not careful both will also be doing DHCP (giving out local network addresses). It can be done (I do it..., it works, more by luck than judgement), but you can end up with problems if not careful.

The Virgin SuperHub has a modem-only mode, not sure about other devices.

I guess the other solution is indeed to just switch off the wifi on your ISP router, and use the DIR as a wifi access point, if it can do that (dunno). Then the ISP box is doing all the router work, the DIR is just bolting on its wifi capabilities.

Either way, if possible, you only want one device acting as the router/NAT/DHCP

Pbryanw

July 17, 2014, 5:28 pm

I'm thinking this must be referring to the darth-pringle design, D-Link's top of the range routers have used in the past.

Gordon Kelly

July 17, 2014, 6:51 pm

That's exactly what I'm thinking about. Thanks Pbryanw

Gordon Kelly

July 17, 2014, 6:52 pm

What toboev said, in a nutshell.

toboev

July 17, 2014, 7:38 pm

So, if I understand (sort of), the "completely new design" refers to the old products? I'd agree :)

Paul

July 18, 2014, 6:08 am

looks like I have found my AC router

Erwin Thierry Klein Haneveld

August 4, 2014, 11:42 am

hope this router can help me solve some issues I have now

Allan Kostyk

October 2, 2014, 8:10 am

I have not changed my old wireless router in years and it was connected to the cable router. I know our UPC router is not wireless. Our old Linksys from 8 or more years might be going.

marcwilson

December 11, 2014, 9:23 am

Does anyone know if this router can do multi-NAT? I have an 8-IP block rather than a single external IP, and I want to be able to route different IPs to different internal connections.

igzs

February 19, 2017, 10:56 am

Hello,
I see that now there are two hardware versions in the internet: version Hardware A and B.
1) What is the one you reviewed and actually, which one is considered better?
2) Is there any other router nowadays that is faster?

Thanks a lot
Regards
IG

Dorita Sanders Kesley

February 20, 2017, 7:16 pm

I purchased a dlink 880L from Best buy and set it up myself. I am 65 yr old grandmother followed instructions and set it up myself! It was so grandkids could use it for tablets and phone (and me too) It worked for 3 month! EXACTLY the amount of warrenty time. When it stopped preforming I tried to find the problem and have been told FIRMWARE UPDATE. Everything on their help your self site DOES NOT WORK. lol.... NOT AT ALL. I click on items and it just sits there. I called support and got to a per call person $40.00 per call last you 5 days for ONE PROBLEM ONLY! then i figured out the firmware should have been updated from the GET GO! It was over 7 years old and this unit is only on market for one YEAR! I feel ROBBED. I am ticked off at Best Buy and DLINK. Sad part is I have had dlink products for YEARS. First time I have run into this BANDIT/Highway robbery "service" I wont ever buy another dlink product. If it never had worked I could have RETURNED IT. I feel so trapped!

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