Say hello to this budget yet performing AC2600 Smart Mesh Wi-Fi Router – D-Link DIR-2660. It is loaded with a powerful 880 MHz dual-core processor. Able to pair with D-Link DRA Mesh Extender series for whole-home mesh Wi-Fi coverage. Built-in McAfee Protection to defend yourself at the network level way before threats come close. How does it perform? Let’s find out…
How to Installation
Just follow the on-screen instruction through D-Link Wi-Fi app will do. You can also set up through the old method with PC through LAN cable as well. Totally up to you.
Internet Service Provider
In short, you need to set up Internet Service Provider, Wi-Fi SSID and admin account. That’s all. You can start using EXO router then. Or configure it to suit your needs. You can use D-Link Wi-Fi app do so or through the web interface. Easy to use and manage no doubt. Mobile app provides simple configuration while web interface provides much more advanced ones like QoS, firewall, USB drive sharing and so on…
Outstanding wireless range for the price. Easily cover whole double storey semi-D house even on 5 GHz band with router located at middle 1st floor. FYI, budget router can’t even get 5 GHz signal at end of the kitchen.
As usual, smartphone with 2×2 Wi-Fi was being used for tests. Devices with 4×4 Wi-Fi will get better result then. Easily getting 500 Mbps when near to the router. Around 200 Mbps at the farthest place on 1st floor and blocked by wall. Usually getting 300 to 400 Mbps most of the time. For ground floor, speed is slower as expected. But much better when compared to UniFi bundled router. 4X performance increased.
As for LAN, it performs at the maximum speed that my devices can support at 940 Mbps. Still not enough wireless coverage? Easy. Just install Mesh-Enabled Range Extender like D-Link DRA-2060 will do. 8X improvement at end of the kitchen compared to single router setup. Simple to use with the same SSID thanks to D-Link Wi-Fi Mesh technology. In addition, you can connect it to your PC, TV or game console through LAN cable too.
By the way, you can share photo, video and music on your network by just install a USB 3.0 hard drive. Transfer rate is okay at 40 MB/s plus for reading and 20 MB/s plus for writing. SAMBA and FTP are supported. Besides offering excellent wireless coverage, EXO comes with McAfee Secure Home Platform built-in. It is smart security for your home network and automatically secures your connected devices through router level. I
n addition, it also provides free 2 years McAfee LiveSafe unlimited licenses for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. Yup, protect your computers and mobile devices while on the go. Defends against viruses, online threats, and ransomware with both online and offline protections.
Looking for a budget yet performing dual-band wireless router? Be sure to check out D-Link EXO AC2600. Enjoy wide coverage and fast transfer rate. Add on D-Link Mesh-Enabled Range Extender for whole-house wireless coverage easily.