The D-Link DIR-868L follows the latest trend of design from D-Link. It’s cylindrical in shape and comes in white, black, red and blue. On the front of the router, there are two green LEDS that indicate power and internet status. There are no other status lights which is sure to annoy some people. On the back, there are four LAN ports, one WAN port, and a USB 3.0 port. There’s also a power button and a WPS button. Included in the box is the router, easy install guide, ethernet cable and AC adaptor.
The DIR-868 features dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz. For those that aren’t aware, a 5 GHz signal that has low interference can carry up to 450mbps whilst a 2.4 GHz connection can carry up to 300mbps but at a much larger range. It’s a well known fact that 5GHz works well when the device is in clear range of the router, but does not pass well through solid objects. D-Link give you the option to run both alongside each other or you’re able to turn them on and off individually from the back.
As with all of the latest D-Link routers, setting up the DIR-868L was incredibly easy. I was able to do this wirelessly from my computer but was also able to set the router up and also update it from an One-Touch iPhone app without the need for any computer. This was extremely beneficial to me as I don’t have any computers with ethernet ports.