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Features

D-Link hasn't changed its router feature set or admin GUI in awhile. Here's a shot of the screen you get when you log first log in.

DIR-868L Setup > Internet screen

DIR-868L Setup > Internet screen

D-Link hasn't posted an emulator for the 868L, or for any of its newer routers, for that matter. The DIR-657's emulator is still pretty close, though. The feature summary below is copied from the 657 and 827 reviews.

Routing

  • DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, DS-Lite WAN types
  • DHCP server with MAC address reservation, lease time setting and NetBIOS controls
  • Built-in dynamic DNS client for dlinkddns.com and dyndns.com free and custom services
  • Static routes
  • DMZ host
  • SPI firewall disable, UDP / TCP endpoint filtering, anti-spoof checking
  • WAN ping allow / deny
  • Multicast stream enable
  • IPv6 support (auto-detect, static, link-local, autoconfiguration (SLAAC/DHCPv6), PPPoE, IPv6 over IPv4 tunnel, 6to4, 6rd)
  • IPv6 static routes
  • IPv6 port forwarding
  • PPTP, IPsec, RTSP, SIP ALG disables
  • Schedulable single port, port range and triggered port forwarding. (Can set source and destination ports on single ports [virtual servers])
  • Allow / deny (global) MAC address filtering for network access
  • Outbound schedulable port filtering by IP or MAC address with selectable web access logging
  • 40 domain-based allow / deny (global) Web access filters
  • 8 inbound IP range allow / deny (global) filters
  • Remote admin access enable, IP access filtering, port setting and graphic authentication enable
  • UPnP support
  • WAN port speed set
  • HTTPs admin access enable
  • Syslog support
  • Email alerts and log send
  • Automatic uplink QoS with manual / automatic uplink speed detection and manual rule option

Sharing features

  • UPnP / DLNA Media server enable
  • iTunes server enable
  • SharePort Plus drive and printer sharing

Wireless

Since this is a wireless router, I like to provide a bit more detail about its wireless features. Table 2 summarizes the basic wireless setting modes and channels supported.

Setting 2.4 GHz 5 GHz
Channel Auto [default]
1 - 11
Auto [default]
36, 40, 44, 48
149, 153, 157, 161, 165
Channel Width 20 MHz only
20/40 MHz (Auto) [default]
20 MHz only
20/40 MHz
20/40/80 MHz (Auto) [default]
Network Mode 802.11b only
802.11g only
802.11n only
Mixed 802.11g and 802.11b
Mixed 802.11n and 802.11g
Mixed 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11b [Default]
802.11n only
802.11ac only
Mixed 802.11a and 802.11n
Mixed 802.11ac and 802.11n
Mixed 802.11ac, 802.11n and 802.11a [default]
Security Modes None
WEP
WPA-Personal
WPA-Enterprise
WPA Auto (WPA or WPA2)
WPA2 only
WPA only
Table 2: Wireless settings summary

In addition to the manual wireless security settings, the router supports WPS PIN and pushbutton setup modes. You also can define schedules for turning each radio on and off for added security.

The Advanced Wireless screen shown below lets you disable 20/40 MHz coexistence. This shouldn't be possible on a Wi-Fi Certified product. Equally interesting are the greyed-out WMM Enable boxes, which are enabled by default. This is good, because WMM must be enabled to allow 802.11n and 802.11ac link rates to be supported (anything above 54 Mbps). At least you can adjust transmit power, as long as you are ok with High (default), Medium and Low settings only.

DIR-868L Advanced Wireless settings

DIR-868L Advanced Wireless settings

The most important missing feature is support for wireless bridging and repeating. Oddly, if you want access to the 868L's full 1300 Mbps draft 802.11ac link rates you'll need to look to another vendor. D-Link has no draft 802.11ac bridges in its catalog at this point and its highest rate USB adapter is USB 2.0 supporting 300/867 Mbps maximum link rates for 2.4 and 5 GHz, respectively.

Cloud

The 868L is a "cloud" router, which means it supports D-Link's rather basic mydlink features. We reviewed mydlink about a year ago and a quick browse through with the 868L registered showed that not much has changed. The Router Status view shown below is essentially unchanged from the last time we looked at it.

mydlink Router Status

mydlink Router Status

Check the gallery below for some more router internal pix and a few other admin page screenshots

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