D-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Router is a budget addition to your networking system.
When I first moved out on my own, my brother gifted me a wireless router. Wi-Fi networks were not commonplace at the time and it was a fairly new technology to have in your home. So, he came over and set it up. Since then, I’ve almost exclusively set-up my own wireless networks. It’s not as difficult as you think it will be depending on the equipment you have. I was very surprised when I began testing the D-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Router about how easy it’s installation would be. D-Link actually provides you with an easy to follow installation guide.
This route has a fairly standard install process. First, you need to unplug your modem (either DSL or Cable) and then you connect the provided Ethernet cable between your modem and this router. D-Link made it very easy to identify the Internet port on the back of the router. It’s the only yellow Ethernet port on the back of the router. Once you have the router plugged into the modem for the Internet connection, you need to plug another Ethernet cable into the router and connect to your computer. For users with computers that don’t have Ethernet ports, you can also connect wirelessly using the supplied Wi-Fi Configuration card provided with the router. Once you have completed these steps you plug the power in for the modem. Then, plug the power in for the router.
The instructions suggest (as do I) that you plug it into a surge protector or backup battery. Once power is restored to both devices, wait until the power and Internet LEDs are lit on the router. Then you can proceed with the configuration steps. With me so far? The configuration part is a little more extensive then just plugging the cables in, but D-Link does a good job of explaining the process.There are a couple of things that are really nice about this router. First of all, with it being a router, you don’t have to contact your Internet provider in order to make it work. I recently had the opportunity to set-up a modem/router combo unit and we had to go through a fairly lengthy process with our ISP in order to get the device working properly. That was annoying. I’d much rather just plug n’ play. The nice thing about this particular router is that you don’t have to be a technician in order to get it working.
After I got the router up and running, I found that I had a fairly decent signal for a time. We have a lot of wireless devices in our home (for example, 19 Philips Hue light bulbs) that draw from this router and it handled our devices pretty well. We have 30MB service coming into our house and found that it gave us decent speeds, but wasn’t quite as good as our higher end modem/router. One thing I do want to point out is that it supports AC wireless technology. To make the most of this router, you should make sure that the devices you are connecting also support AC routers.
This router had a small problem with dropping the signal. That could be because our house is nearly 1500 square feet in size with lots of walls to cut through, or it may have been the device load we put on it, but the truth is we had some issues with the signal. When I first moved out on my own, I had a one-bedroom apartment that had a large open space. This router would have been perfect for that situation. The other thing I noticed was that it doesn’t feel very heavy duty. It’s very lightweight and at one point, the router actually slipped off the table it was resting on. The top of the router had popped off slightly. I was able to rest it back into place, but I wouldn’t recommend putting this in a very high place.
The D-Link AC750 Wi-Fi Router isn’t a bad choice for router, but you need to be aware of the limitations and aware of the space you are putting it into. It’s a very low-cost router and it works for the price point. It’s not the most exceptional router available, but it’s pretty solid for what it is.
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