D-Link AC1900 Router Review

D-Link is a Taiwan-based company, which has a long history in the networking field. Today, it is considered one of the best companies in the production of Wi-Fi products. D-Link AC1900 is an awesome product of the company. It is a high-performance router that comes with the most affordable price.

D-Link AC1900 is placed among the high-performance routers, which is well appreciated by the users. Not only does it offer an excellent range but it also has good Wi-Fi performance. The company has made new improvements to the user interface of the product.

Yes, there is a new user interface, which means it requires a learning curve for some people who are used to the old user interface from previous models of D-Link. However, D-Link AC1900 is an excellent alternative to its competitors such as ASUS RT and Netgear Nighthawk models.

In today’s article, we will fully review the D-Link AC1900 router. We will talk about networking, design, hardware, and installation of the product. We will also tell you the pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision. Read on!


Specifications

Size: 9.75×7.50×1.50 inches

Antennas: External Fixed Antenna (4×4+4×4)

Wi-Fi Spec: 1900Mbps (2.4G + 5G)

Ports: USB 2.0 and USB 3.0

Peak Performance: 1900 Mbps

Range: 1400 square feet.

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Networking

The D-Link AC1900 has 3 external antennas. It uses state-of-the-art beamforming technology, which focuses on the enhancement of the Wi-Fi signal where it is needed the most. The technology is not new because it is implemented successfully in other router models.

The concurrent dual-band feature of the router is great since it allows the user to use the bands simultaneously for a wide range of tasks. For instance, you can stream movies and play games at the 5GHZ band.

Also, you can browse the internet or read your emails on the 2.4GHz band. There are certain conditions where you can achieve a maximum of 600Mbps data transfer on 802.11n.

D-Link AC1900 uses Turbo QAM proprietary technology that can boost the band performance at 2.4GHz. To make that happen, you need Turbo QAM devices for compatibility. Otherwise, you will be stuck at 450Mbps on 2.4GHz.

We tested D-Link Ac1900 on the 2.4GHz band and measured 160Mbps at 3 feet proximity. We also measured 140Mbps at 10 feet. The maximum range it reached was 95Mbps at 65 feet, which is the longest range measured during the testing process.

Design

The D-Link AC1900 has a sleek design and comes in all-white and all-black color. The router has a glossy finish as well as the fiber-like textured band. Unlike previous models, which have the cylindrical design, the D-Link Ac1900 has a stylish design and rectangle shape.

It has an excellent build quality and made of plastic material. Although made of plastic, it is still a solid product. When it comes to the design, the best feature we found was that it is a well-ventilated router.

D-Link AC1900 is a large router but still small than Netgear nighthawk. It measures are 9.75×7.50×1.50 inches. The weight of the product is 1.4 pounds. On the back of the router, you will find 3 oversized and removable antennas. Although this seems good we think the design is a little bit outdated. This is our opinion as you may find it stylish.

There is a set of non-intrusive blue status LEDs on the top of the routers. These LEDs corresponds with the icons of internet connection, power, 2.4GHZ, and 5GHZ Wi-Fi networks as well as there are two LEDs for the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports.

Hardware

D-Link AC1900 has excellent hardware features. It has an 800MHz dual-core CPU, which features a high-speed data transfer of up to 600Mbps. The interesting thing is that this data transfer is on 802.11n. Using 802.11ac, it achieves 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band.

Besides the CPU of the D-Link AC1900, the device has 256MB DDR3 RAM along with 128MB flash memory, which is pretty awesome when compared with its competitors. The company has also incorporated the USB 3.0.

Moreover, the device allows you to attach an external HDD to create your Network Attached Storage. On the back of the device, you will find 4 Gigabit LAN ports, the reset button, the power socket, and the power button. All these are backed by the fast-speed dual-core CPU.

Installation

The new user interface of the D-Link AC1900 has a clean and minimalistic design. The company has ensured to place the tabs and sub-menus cleverly. This makes the device compatible with touchscreens. So, you can easily use it with smartphones and tablets.

When it comes to the setup of the D-Link AC1900, you need to go through the setup wizard, which is simple to use. Also, the device has a minimalistic approach and the settings are intuitive.

You must register for a D-link account to access and configure the router. The cloud feature by D-Link allows users to access and configure the device from a remote location. On the home screen, you will see a network map of all the devices, which are connected to the router.

You can access three tabs, which are settings, features, and management. When you go to the settings, you will have all the options to configure the router. For example, you can set wireless settings, access share port, my-D-link, and network settings. You can also set up guest zones.

The next tab is the features tab, which is designed for advanced users. For instance, if you want advanced management of the router, which includes a firewall, QoS Engine, VOIP traffic, DMZ, Quick VPN, and port forwarding, then you can use the features tab.

The management tab allows you to update the firmware, check the statistics, system admin, as well as time and schedule. While setting up the device, we found that it features a Quick VPN that allowed us to create our profile to access the LAN securely. However, we required a Quick VPN client for installation on the client-side.


What We Liked

  • Nice design
  • Good Wi-Fi performance
  • VPN server
  • Excellent price

What We didn’t Like

  • The new User Interface is a bit complicated
  • QoS is too basic
  • Minimal Parental Controls

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