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D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router Reviewed

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Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router
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ProductD-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router   [Website]
SummarySecond-generation Broadcom-based AC1750 class router with IPv6 support and USB 3.0 port
Pros• Good routing feature set
• IPv6 support
• USB 3.0 port for drive and printer sharing
Cons• No bridging mode or matching AC1300 adapter
• Only two status lights / indicators

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D-Link has started to ship the draft 802.11ac routers it rolled out at January's CES. The first to hit our test bench is its new top-of-line DIR-868L.

D-Link is banking on its cylindrical form-factor to attract potential buyers, since four of its five new draft 11ac routers come in that shape. The family portrait below shows the 868L as the tallest of the group. As an AC1750 class router, the 868L supports link rates up to 450 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band and 1300 Mbps in 5 GHz.

D-Link's "AC" router line

D-Link's "AC" router line

If you're a fan of blinking lights, you won't like the 868L, or any of the D-Link "AC" line, for that matter. All you get are a power and Internet light on the front, which use color and blinking to indicate, power, boot, WPS and internet connection status. There are no indicators to show either Ethernet or wireless activity or status.

DIR-868L ports and buttons

DIR-868L ports and buttons

As is befitting a top-end router, all the 868L's Ethernet ports are Gigabit. You get only one USB 3.0 port, however, that supports D-Link's Shareport Plus drive and printer sharing feature.


The FCC ID docs had lots of pictures, but none clear enough to identify most of the components. So I opened up my sample after testing was done for a look. Unfortunately, D-Link really doesn't want you messing with the innards and has applied silicone goop to all the fasteners and connectors. They even went to the trouble of soldering the RF shields in place!

The component side of the radio shown in the photo below holds the 2.4 GHz band radio and main processor. The underside of the board is where the 5 GHz radio sits, on a mini PCIe module. Each radio gets its own three single-band antennas, with most of them on small printed circuit boards positioned around the two halves of the router's cylinder housing. The FCC docs have pictures of each antenna, which are clearly identified as M•gear from Whayu Industrial Co.

D-Link DIR-868L inside

DIR-868L inside

Even though I couldn't see the actual components, I've put my best guesses into the table below.

CPU Broadcom BCM4708X
Switch In BCM4708X
RAM 128 MB
Flash 128 MB
2.4 GHz Radio - BCM4331
- Unidentified external power amplifier (x3)
5 GHz radio - Broadcom BCM4360
- Unidentified power amplifier (x3)
Table 1: D-Link DIR-868L key components

I've included some more pictures from the FCC ID docs in the gallery that you'll find in the next section. Feel free to make your own guesses!

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Reviewed by Dani
November 11, 2014
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Decent hardware crippled by the firmware. I got one right after the launch. Took them more than a year just to enable gigabit speed over pppoe, and they did it only for ipv4; ipv6 is not working properly with a native address provider, even when it manages to get an wan address it won't give to lan devices, and is still limited to about 250 mbps. Even setting up the correct time zone is a hassle. I tried 3 of them, hoping to get "a good one", they all performed exactly the same. Only the ones tested by their support work perfectly ( magic, isn't it ? ) According to them it must be a problem on my end, even if when I use another router (asus or linksys) I have no issues at all.


Perfect but some function is missing

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Reviewed by Estis
February 07, 2014
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I tested dir-868l and netgear r7000.
When I tested dir-868l wireless ac test with ixchariot, It is faster than R7000.
But, dir-868l does not have VPN function...

Also, dir-868l has 256MB Ram not 128MB



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Reviewed by Stephen Wise
January 24, 2014
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Love the performance!! Especially with 5 GHz Wireless.I am using firmware 1.06 & I have a lot of devices connected to this ( 3 Xbox 360's, 1 Xbox One, 4 Laptops, 2 Tablets, 2 internet facing Servers: FTP & WEB & 4 Media streaming boxes, 1 Wireless printer, 5 Cell Phones, 1 TV). On average my internet traffic is over 150 GB daily. I gave it a 4 on reliability because of the 2.4 GHz wifi were once in a blue moon 2.4 GHz devices get disconnected. But I fell this is more so due to the area I live in. There are over 50 AP in my area & the 2.4 GHz network is very crowded.



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Reviewed by Ben Wiggins
August 17, 2013
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Happy with the performance and feature set of this router (except for the fact that you can't have separate external and internal ports when port forwarding) but stability is a BIG issue for me using firmware 1.02.

Sometimes it will be humming along for 12+ hours, other times just a few minutes, but then the whole router reboots. It doesn't seem to be based on network traffic/load either.


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