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IncTEh

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Fri, May 10, 2013 12:00 AM

Review: DLink DIR-865L - DLink's first wireless AC router

Introduction

 

DLink DIR-865L is a high-end dual band router, with the latest 802.11ac draft 5 technology. It uses 3x3 MIMO technology, which allows you to achieve a maximum theoretical speed of 450mbps on 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n.

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of this review is to qualify and quantify the range and throughput of the device.

 

Methodology

 

We test the range and throughput by comparing the upstream and downstream of wired connection with wireless connection at various distances. The same test will be done on both 2.4GHz band and 5GHz band with 40MHz bandwidth.  The test will be done with a 2x2 MIMO wireless adapter, Intel(R) Centrino(R) Advanced-N 6250 AGN, which gives a maximum theoretical maximum speed of 300mbps. The test is done on the same server, within a considerably short amount of time, so as to minimise the variable of server load.

 

The test is done with Starhub MaxInfinity 100mbps connection.

 

Results

 

Wired Connection

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2.4GHz – 1m

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2.4GHz – 1m with 1 wall

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2.4GHz – 3m

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2.4GHz – 5m

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2.4GHz – 5m with 1 wall

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2.4GHz – 8m

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2.4GHz – 8m with 2 walls

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5GHz – 1m

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5GHz – 1m with 1 wall

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5GHz – 3m

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5GHz – 5m

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5GHz – 5m with 1 wall

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5GHz – 8m

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5GHz – 8m with 2 walls

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Analysis

 

The router have pretty decent throughput for the tests, with a minimum of more than 50mbps. The 2.4GHz band is capable of a more stable connection with a larger range. We have also tested their maximum range with other mobile devices. The 2.4GHz is capable of a maximum range of 30-40m, while the 5GHz band is approximately 25m.

 

The throughput of 5GHz band drops drastically with obstacles such as walls, and works best when it is within the ‘line of view’ of the router. Sadly, we are unable to test the router’s wireless ac capabilities as we do not have a wireless ac network adapter.

 

Conclusion

 

The router has decent throughput and range, and is definitely a good upgrade from the DVG-N5402SP. It is able to achieve at least 50mbps throughput over the range of 8m on both 2.4GHz band and 5GHz band, and has a range of up to 40m.

 

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Responses

Valued Commentator

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2 Messages

7 years ago

Inc teh- Results look promising. My problem is wifi in the room with a wall and about 3 m away from fibre source, the speed will drop drastically. to 4-6 mbps ( subscribed 150mbps). How can i get to test this router from starhub and also can i get advice regarding the homeplus which u have offered advice in the DVG 5402 forum

?

Thanks.

IncTEh

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7 years ago

I believe this router test is a one-time thing. You can purchase the router at $199.

 

Regarding homeplugs, it depends on your house electrical wiring, the older it is, the slower the speed.

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IncTEh

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7 years ago

I have been stress testing the router for a couple of weeks. No connection drops, except for some spikes. Smiley Happy I have not have the chance to try the mydlinkservices and other functions they have included in the router.

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IncTEh

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7 years ago

Sorry typo, I meant that I have not personally tested Asus router.
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antking

Senior Contributor

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14 Messages

7 years ago

In your opinion, this router is better or asus RT N66U better?  Am thinking of getting a router before Starhub come to my flat to install the fibre connections.

IncTEh

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7 years ago

I have personally tested the Asus router, but reviews from others says that Asus is better. But then again, Asus router cost 200-300 while the dlink cost 199 for wireless ac one
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sfans

Esteemed Consultant

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178 Messages

7 years ago

hi incteh,

 

are you able to compare this throughput with another brand of similar specs like maybe the cisco brand that has dual bandwith?

IncTEh

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7 years ago

Hi sfans, if your connection is less than 300 mbps, there will be very little difference. I don't have the chance to try cisco routers. Any idea how much they cost?
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New Commentator

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1 Message

7 years ago

If i install OFC still can i use normal cable?.i mean i can use both right!
teoahbear

Esteemed Commentator

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5 Messages

7 years ago

Sorry for asking, So I can use this to connect to my com via cable and other devices like ipad and mobile phones via the wireless right? Thanks!
teoahbear

Esteemed Commentator

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5 Messages

7 years ago

Because on the starhub details page, it states that its compatability is for max inifinity plans. So I just wanna be sure and on the dlink web page for its specs, it states gigabit ports, does it mean normal maxonline plans also can support?
teoahbear

Esteemed Commentator

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5 Messages

7 years ago

Can I use this router for the maxonline ultimate plan in conjuction with the sbv5101i modem?
IncTEh

Android™ Expert

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1.4K Messages

7 years ago

Hi, Yes you can use this router with the cable modem.

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rsn

Home Networking Expert

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1K Messages

7 years ago

You can use it with all maxonline plans. You can connect your com to it and use wireless to connect to your mobile devices at the same time. Gigabit port means it can achieve a maximum speed of 1000Mbps. The motorola modem port is 100Mbps while I guess your plan is below 30Mbps(That is the max speed your motorola can support for internet). This router is more than enough.

IncTEh

Android™ Expert

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7 years ago

The router has a WAN port. Just plug the cable modem to the WAN port. You can even use the HubStation Internet with this router!

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