By: John Stutsman
Figure 1 -- D-Link DIR 890L/R Unboxed
For some time I had been thinking about replacing my aging D-Link DGL-4500.
I was looking for something turn-key with AC and multi-band capabilities while being powerful enough to cover my entire house as well as portions of my surrounding yard.
After reading a review by Joanna Stern in the WSJ I started taking a more serious look at the D-Link DIR890L/R and ultimately decided to go with her assessment. See:
Additionally, I found many good reviews at Newegg for the DIR-890L/R:
So, I pulled the trigger and ordered my D-Link DIR-890L/R and unboxed it on June 4, 2015:
Video 1 -- D-Link DIR 890L/R Unboxing
D-Link’s setup menu was very user friendly and a huge improvement over my DGL-4500!
I chose not the register my DIR-890L/R in “mydlink” – I didn't see a need for it at this time but maybe at a later date I will once I had a chance to think more about the potential security implications.
I upgraded the Firmware to the latest version, 1.06.B04, which can be done either automatically via the menu system or manually. I did both and each was easy and painless in my opinion.
I basically went with all of the defaults except under Settings => Network => Advanced Settings I disabled UPnP to hopefully improve security. Over time I plan to make more changes to improve my networks security.
Windows Phones Connectivity Issue
One issue did arise that was very perplexing at first – on some websites our Windows Phones would load very slowly even though our Wi-Fi transfer rates were quite high on our Windows Phones using speed test.
I finally discovered the root cause of the issues we were having -- IPv6 had not been fully implemented in my area by Comcast!
First I found a thread on Windows Central that described my issue http://forums.windowscentral.com/nokia-lumia-1020/235055-2.htm see also http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mobiledevices/forum/mdlumia-mdtips/wp8-ipv6-issues/6066df14-a4b8-4953-beb4-1ece9b6182d4
Comcast has an IPv6 Information Center at http://www.comcast6.net/ with a link to “Test your IPv6 Connectivity” at http://test-ipv6.comcast.net/ which confirmed that IPv6 has not been enabled by Comcast in my area.
So, in the D-Link menu I went to Settings => Internet => IPv6 and changed IPv6 to Local Connectivity Only – Saved/Restarted – and our Windows Phones began loading web pages much faster.
Figure 2 -- D-Link DIR-890L/R with Antenna at optimal angle
Figure 3 -- D-Link DIR890L/R Rear view showing ports and connections
Figure 4 -- D-Link DIR-890L/R review instructions
Figure 5 -- D-Link DIR-890L/R mounted on 12" Floor Joist below center of Family Room
Figure 6 -- Download & Upload Speeds from Wired Desktop
Figure 7 -- Download & Upload Speeds over Wi-Fi AC Wireless on Surface 3
Figure 8 -- Download & Upload Speeds over Wi-Fi on Windows Phones
Summary and Conclusion
Overall, after nearly a month of usage, I am happy with my DIR-890L/R. My Wi-Fi connections are noticeably faster (even the Windows Phones after the IPv6 fix) and my wired network feels faster. I like being able to pull it from the box, turning it on, and having everything work after a quick set-up menu. (I'm still keeping my DGL-4500 as a backup for the time being.)
Please join us in the HSS Networking Forums Thread "Big Spiders" D-Link DIR-890L/R with any question and/or comments on the above and other threads at HSS Networking Forums.
HSS Networking Forums http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/65-networking/
D-Link DIR-890L/R Support Page with latest Firmware and Manuals download http://support.dlink.com/ProductInfo.aspx?m=DIR-890L/R
D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router DIR-890L/R http://us.dlink.com/products/connect/ac3200-ultra-wi-fi-router/
D-Link DIR-890L/R Wireless AC3200 Ultra Tri-Band Gigabit Router, AC Smartbeam Technology http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127573
SmallNetBuilder (“SNB”) Answer Guy: How Many SSIDs is Too Many? http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9607-snb-how-many-ssids-is-too-many/