D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router Review

Posted on Apr 26 2018 - 9:58am by Christopher Allega

Today we’re taking a look at D-Link‘s newest router which doesn’t look as impressive as some of the ones we’ve tested in the past, but that’s something you shouldn’t be fooled by. The AC2600 EXO MU-MIMO Wi-Fi router packs the latest technology in a simple exterior.

Provided By: D-Link

Price: $149.99

The Packaging

D-Link packed the DIR-882 EXO AC2600 router in a simple yet colourful box. The front has the device itself pictured along with all the important feature highlights.

D-Link DIR-882 Photo package front

The rear side goes into more detail on the various selling points such as the dual-core processor, 4×4 simultaneous streams, and 160MHz support.

D-Link DIR-882 Photo package rear

The side of the package is where you find closer details regarding the routers physical aspects. What ports and buttons it has and what’s included inside the box.

D-Link DIR-882 Photo package side

Included Accessories

You get all the basics with D-Link’s DIR-882 EXO AC2600 router. There’s naturally a power supply which will fit the region you purchased it in as well as an RJ45 cable, a quick installation guide, and a Wi-Fi configuration card for your convenience. The credit-card sized configuration card allows you to write down your router’s configuration and put it in a safe location.

D-Link DIR-882 Photo package accessories

A Closer Look at the Hardware

At the core of the router is a dual-core CPU which should be able to handle the transfer load quite well. D-Link’s DIR-882 has a simple look the top is a mix of air vents and solid plastic.There also are activity and connection LEDs located on the top. The LEDs are for Power and activity, Internet, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0.

D-Link DIR-882 Photo view top

While a lot of routers come with replaceable antennas, there are few who actually chose to replace them. The DIR-882 has fixed antennas, so replacing them isn’t even an option here. On the other hand, the fixed method is cheaper, allowing D-Link to lower the manufacturing costs and deliver a cheaper product.

D-Link DIR-882 Photo closeup antennas

The USB 3.0 port is located on the front for easy access. This is most likely the one you’ll want to connect your fast thumb drives and external SSDs to, making a front-facing location optimal.

D-Link DIR-882 Photo closeup front

The USB 2.0 port is located on the rear side along with the four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and the Gigabit WAN port. Next to the WAN port, is a pin-hole reset followed by the WPS and Wi-Fi buttons. At the end is the power connector and a power button to turn the entire router off. I always welcome it when routers have a physical power button, so that’s another plus for me. While it isn’t used often, it’s convenient when needed.

D-Link DIR-882 Photo closeup rear

Almost the entire bottom area of the router is used for air vents, so the DIR-882 shouldn’t have any overheating issues due to lack of fresh air. There is the option to wall mount it, but it naturally also has four small rubber feet for desktop placement.

D-Link DIR-882 Photo view bottom

Specifications

D-Link DIR-882 Specification

D-Link DIR-882 Review Conclusion

D-Link DIR-882 EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Router is an excellent choice for an all-around wireless router for your home or office network.

If you are looking for a good wireless router and do not need the fanciest one, D-Link DIR-882 offers great network stability, signal strength for small to medium house, and advanced features such as the new MU-MIMO technology that supports streaming data to up to 4 devices simultaneously in the network.

Disclosure: D-Link DIR-882 EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Router review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are mine and not paid.