Anyone who likes gaming or streaming video knows that it’s the router delivering the data that gets the job done. A home network depends on the router taking the bandwidth and distributing it to the devices holding their hands out. Most routers tout an easy setup and app-related control like that is all it takes — no way! To get HD quality for viewing video and playing games without stuttering requires specialized technologies. Technologies found in D-Link’s AC1750 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-867).
The DIR-867 doesn’t play favorites because it can handle multiple devices at the same time without having to allocate resources to one, then another, or get choked up trying to service them all. This is true whether you’re connected directly using Ethernet (having Gigabit WAN and LAN ports) or, more likely and necessary in the case of mobile devices like phones and tablets, getting your Internet on through the airwaves. Let’s drill down as to exactly what this entails:
*Dual Band Wi-Fi – instead of being stuck using the low end of bandwidth for everything (meaning 2.4 GHz/450Mbps), there’s also the option of 5GHz’s faster speed reaching up to 1300 Mbps.
*MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output) – this technology enables multiple devices to share the bandwidth, without any being pushed to the back in favor of another. Of course there’s a catch — only 3 devices can do this simultaneously — but compared to before, that’s a massive improvement.
*AC SmartBeam — this tech tracks the devices being used to enhance both the Wi-Fi signal as well as the delivery range.
*Intelligent QoS with traffic prioritization – this tech does exactly what it says: it looks for what needs to be getting the best from the bandwidth, for example a streaming video, so that there’s no stuttering or other issues occurring
Of course there’s other stuff going on — there’s four antennas for reaching out and “touching” everything. Plus a dual-core processor designed to keep up with what’s being demanded. And the “second string” if you will, like parental controls and a dedicated app. But even cooler than that is the AC1750 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router’s retail price of $89.99 — yep you heard that right.