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D-Link DIR-890L review

D-Link DIR-890L teaser image
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £228
inc VAT

The DIR-890L is a good choice if you have a lot of devices on your network, but its long-range performance is below par for the price


Modem: None, Wi-Fi standard: 802.11ac, Stated speed: 3,200Mbit/s, USB ports: 1x USB3, 1x USB, Wall mountable: Yes


Wireless speeds were respectable if not stratospheric. On the 2.4GHz band with our laptop’s integrated 802.11n adaptor we saw speeds of 46.9Mbit/s at 10m and 7.8Mbit/s at 25m. The drop-off in speed at the greater distance was disappointing. Speeds on the 5GHz band were very respectable at close distance, however, where we saw a huge 195.7Mbit/s at 10m. Again, though, there was a big drop off in speeds at 25m, with our throughput dropping to 58Mbit/s.

D-Link DIR-890L rear ports

Switching to a D-Link 802.11ac DWA-182 USB adaptor (£25 inc VAT from and 802.11ac mode, we saw speeds of 279.6Mbit/s and 219Mbit/s at 10m and 25m; very strong results, but we would have liked to see higher considering the high price of the router. Unlike with the Asus RT-AC3200, there was no performance difference between the router’s two bands.

The DIR-890L’s tri-band specification makes it a good option if you have lots of devices you need to get online at once, and we appreciated its easy-to-use interface. It’s very quick with D-Link’s own USB adaptor but its 802.11n performance with our laptop’s integrated wireless chipset wasn’t brilliant, and it’s very expensive, so misses out on an award. Consider the TP-Link Archer C9 if you’re looking for a more affordable option.

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Wi-Fi standard802.11ac
Bands2.4GHz, 5GHz
Stated speed3,200Mbit/s
Upgradable antennaYes
WAN ports1
LAN ports4x 10/100/1000Mbit/s
USB ports1x USB3, 1x USB
Wall mountableYes
Guest networks2
Media serverSMB, FTP, DLNA
USB servicesNAS
DDNS,, user-defined
Buying Information
Price including VAT£228
WarrantyTwo years RTB
Part codeDIR-890L