A router provides the most basic of needs for a home network— it connects to devices either wired or wirelessly and ensures that the signal going to the Internet is stable and as fast as possible. D-Link’s AC750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router does all this from a vertical cylinder, but adds two features — one vitally important and the other of extreme convenience.
The vital one first: 802.11AC is the wireless signal being emitted from the AC750. This is the fastest WiFI now available for home use and really takes wireless speeds up the max (as in up to 750Mbps speed). Of course the WiFi-enabled device, for example a smartphone or a tablet, must also have 802.11AC, as otherwise the D-Link must function based on “N” or even “G” speeds (it’s a hardware thing — not something that can be done with a software upgrade). My wife’s MacBook Air has 802.11ac and the speed in which her web browser pops up graphics is truly mind-blowing to someone who remembers well the “excitement” of getting a “G” speed. So yes it’s computers/laptops that will benefit the most from this at home — at least for now.
D-Link proposes that the vertical design makes for greater antenna coverage — whether or not this is true, the 802.11AC technology easily covered my location — out on the balcony some 60+ feet from the router was no issue at all. I also noticed that there was no lag, even when a few devices were “sucking” at the WiFi signal (my Sony Bravia is notorious for pulling as much WiFi as it can when buffering Netflix).
The convenience factor comes from the “Cloud” aspect. Since the AC750 ties in with one’s D-Link account (free, fyi), it’s possible to connect to the router from a remote location and monitor what it is doing, along with managing the network itself. The app for doing this is free and downloads for Apple or Android devices.
The last thing to add is how blessed simple the AC750 was to set up — using a mobile app or a web browser took just a few minutes. I should add that the speed of a wired connection is, as always, dependent on that provided by the ISP (Internet Service Provider) and obviates any interference issues. The AC750 provides 4 Gigabit ports so there’s no chance of not milking every erg of speed possible from the connection.
The D-Link 750 comes in 4 colors, with black and white being the expected, but the others being red and a Teal. I can’t complain about the white one I was given, but red would have been interesting — if only because it would stand out (not too many rooms have red walls these days). Overall, the $79.99 (retail) AC750 provides WiFi that will rock any home network.