I am an amateur with all this networking & router stuff.
So i was wondering the following:
Would it be possible to use the current bridged router as an extender, once the Dlink 865L arrives?
So the set up would be:
ONT - DVG - Dlink 865L - extender(2nd router)
Connection between DVG - Dlink 865 would be bridged WAN - LAN, using cable
How would be connection between Dlink 865L - router (as extender) be, can that be over wifi?
I am using direct ONT.
Previously i was connecting direct to ONT using VLAN Tagging on AC66U. I did not find any major difference in terms of speed though.
For the 865L, i don't think there is VLAN Tagging so if you want to connect directly to ONT, best bet is to call starhub.
Pleased to do a quick report on the 865L trial.
First, I am on a 100Mbps plan using the packaged 5402 as RG (with DV).
Next, my favourite network configuration is AP, i.e. 5402 is used purely as gateway and DHCP server (no wireless). From 5402, I can connect a variety of routers (including Asus N56U, TP-Link WDR4300) all configured as AP. For far end, I use the WDS feature (basically wireless repeater) readily available in TP-Link products.
Before I collected the 865L, I have more or less settled down with (1) TP/ONT/5402 in the living room; (2) wired to TP-Link WDR4300 (dualband N750) in my study room (next to living room); (3) WDS to TP-Link WR740N (2.4Mbps N150) in master bedroom (far end). Overall, good coverage with decent speed.
Now enter the 865L.
After some trial and error, the 865L alone works wonderfully in my study room. The 5GHz coverage is very much better than other dual band routers I have tried before.
Running the AC dongle on my i7 laptop (Win 8), I was able to get 100Mbps both ways.
As reported by kon_sg, I encountered similar kind of roaming problems when the 865L is connected into the network with other routers. But now I can get decent coverage and speed with 865L alone, I will just bury the problem for the time being. ;-)
Overall, I am satisfied with this pair of AC router/dongle. And I will make progressive update as I do more experiments.