Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Wireless Reviews

Wireless Performance Overview

The DIR-827 is Wi-Fi Certified, but both bands defaulted to Auto 20/40 Channel Width upon power-up. So if you're going to use the 2.4 GHz band in an area with lots of networks, be sure to set the Channel Width to 20 MHz to avoid spectrum-hogging.

I successfully ran a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) session with a Win 7 client by entering the WPS code found on the router's bottom label. The WPS session completed quickly and resulted in a WPA2/AES secured connection with the same WPA2 pre-shared key set for both radios. All tests were run with this secured connection using our current wireless test process.

One important note is that when I entered a network name (SSID) as prompted by the Windows WPS wizard, both radios were set to the same SSID! This isn't much help if you have dual-band clients, so you'll have to go back and manually set each radio to a unique SSID so that you can select the band you connect to. The router comes with dlink set for the 2.4 GHz SSID and dlink_media for 5 GHz.

I ran a 2.4 GHz Wireless Performance table for the 827 and their most likely competitors, the NETGEAR WNDR3800 and Cisco Linksys E3200. I also included the DIR-657, even though it is single-band, so that you can see how much better the 827 is.

2.4 GHz

The 827 handily beats the 657 in all test locations except the lowest-signal location F. Even though both D-Links use Qualcomm Atheros radios, the 827 is simply a better performer.

Wireless Performance comparison - 2.4 GHz

Wireless Performance comparison - 2.4 GHz

The throughput vs. location plots below make it easier to see the differences among the routers.

Throughput vs. location - 2.4 GHz

Throughput vs. location - 2.4 GHz

Throughput stability was generally good with only occaisional deep dropouts observed. As noted above, however, throughput in the lowest signal test location F was very low and I had to start some IxChariot tests multiple times before they would run. Even though it is better than the DIR-657 with strong to medium signals, the 827 is not a router you'd choose if you are trying to stretch your wireless coverage.

D-Link DIR-827 IxChariot plot - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz, downlink

D-Link DIR-827 IxChariot plot - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz, downlink

The highest throughput with a single test stream of 80 Mbps was obtained in Location A, downlink in Auto 20/40 mode. Running simultaneous up and downlink tests squeezed out higher throughput, 82 Mbps in 20 MHz mode and 118 Mbps in Auto 20/40.

Here are links to the other plots if you'd like to check them out.

More Wireless

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

Hi all - I'm pretty sure my amtm/Diversion USB drive has failed. It is still recognized as a drive (i.e., it shows up via fdisk -l and is recognized a...
Hi all.I'm new here, so apologies if this is posted in the wrong place.I recently added a Synology NAS to my home network. It has a dedicated IP that ...
Continuation of . .
Attention Skynet Users! Unfortunately the future of Skynet is in doubt. As you may or may not be aware, there have been discussions in place that w...
I have a CT8 dual router setup connected to Virgin Gig1. The dedicated 5ghz 2nd channel backhaul is still on and i also have 1 GB Home plugs connectin...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3