D-Link DIR-865L AC1750 Cloud Router - Value and Verdict

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D-Link DIR-865L Router Value

All of which makes the value section particularly

frustrating because D-Link has continued its tradition of making keenly

priced products with the D-Link DIR-865L coming in at just £125. This is £64

less than the Linksys EA6500, £45 less than the R6300 and £10 less than the

Buffalo AirStation 1750 which is now a fair way off the pace of the newer

802.11ac routers. Having a Cloud platform makes the D-Link even better

value, even if it remains someway behind the slick integration of

Cisco’s Connect Cloud.

D-Link DIR-865L AC1750 Cloud Router 1

Of course what does have immediate appeal

is the setup with the D-Link DWA-182 priced at £45 which is far less

than buying a dedicated bridge and far more convenient. That said it can

be used with any 802.11ac router so it doesn’t necessarily make the

D-Link DIR-865L specifically more tempting. In short: if you have mostly newer

equipment the D-Link DIR-865 will prove a star buy, but if you are using a lot

of 2.4GHz kit then this otherwise superb router is not for you.

D-Link DIR-865L Router Verdict

D-Link

has a lot to be proud of with the D-Link DIR-865L. 802.11ac and 5GHz 802.11n

performance, particularly at range, is outstanding, the setup is simple

and the mydlink Cloud platform – while basic – is a nice extra. The

asking price is also a new low for 802.11ac routers. Its Achilles heel,

however, is performance over 2.4GHz and if you have predominantly older

equipment then the D-Link DIR-865L is unlikely to be a worthwhile upgrade. Of

course while we await the first gadgets with 802.11ac built in, all

802.11ac capable routers remain the primary interest of those on the bleeding

edge and for them it is a new price/performance champion.

Score in detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 9
  • Features 8
  • Design 7
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