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Friday, February 12, 2021
By: Ken A.
- Easy to use interface (for those who aren't familiar with technology too much) - Decent price
- Interface is TOO simple (for even advanced users or those wanting to tweak settings. I just want to change wifi channels to appropriate non-overlapping channels. Not too many options) - Strength of router signal wasn't able to go above a floor. Caused odd lagging issues.
What this router told me that this was an upgrade over my basic ISP provided router/bridge/modem all-in-one combo. However it wasn't the upgrade I was looking for since I couldn't tweak some basic settings and had to really dig into the menus of this oversimplified interface to even find it if I got that far in the menu. Just give me some advanced settings like you used to do in your previous firmware on past D-Link routers. I know it's been a few years since I've last used one but this is oversimplified... Can't find the settings I want to change (like DNS, wifi-channel change from auto, etc.) Wasn't satisfied with it, exchanged it with something else.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
This router is flaky at best.
The interface is quite limiting. It doesn't really allow to you configure the router, except at the highest level. Sort of an idiot's version of an interface. This would be good if I could also have an "advanced" interface.
The wireless side of the router constantly drops connection. If you have the "Smart Connect" feature turned on, you may not ever be able to reconnect to the router. The "Smart Connect" feature allows you to combine the 5GHz and 2.4Gz interfaces so that you only need one SSID and password for both bands. When you turn off "Smart Connect", you can configure the 5GHz and 2.4GHz separately, which helps a little more in trying to reconnect to the router when it disconnects. The trouble is that the 2.4GHz band disconnects and has the most trouble reconnecting and assigning and IP address when it does reconnect. The only solution is to reset the router. The 5GHz band reconnects easiler, but can "flutter" up and down until you reset the router. The router often chops its own head off. Both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands will play hell with the LAN and the Internet connection. You can be connected to 2.4 and all of a sudden you cannot access the LAN. You sometimes can access the Internet, but the LAN is gone. When you switch to the 5GHz band, everything is available. The reverse of this is true as well. When connected to 5, the LAN is gone and can only be accessed by connecting to 2.4. The LAN should be available on either band. Sometimes the network is seems to be running fine, but you cannot access either the LAN or the Internet. In any of these cases, you need to reset the router to solve the issue. This has been the pattern across many different computers and operating systems. I recommend you look for another solution.