Updated 5 Apr 2016

D-Link

DIR-890L

Snapshot: The D-Link DIR-890L is a tri-band wireless router that has 6 antennas and 4 ethernet ports. How did it perform?

DIR-890L
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$423

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Test results

Overall score
91
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good performance.
  • Good speed on the 2.4GHz band.
  • Very good speed on the 5GHz band.
  • Good combined speed on the 5GHz bands.
  • Extremely easy to use.
  • Is tri-band.
  • Has WPS.
  • Came with a secure network setup.
  • Supports MIMO.
  • Supports beamforming.
  • Is Fibre ready.
  • Has 4 ethernet ports.
  • Supports 802.11 n/ac.
  • Has a guest WiFi network.
  • Is wall mountable.
  • Is DLNA certified.

But

  • No integrated modem.
  • Doesn’t have 3G/4G passthrough.
  • Doesn’t have preset parental filters.

How we test

Overall score

  • Performance (60 percent)
  • Ease of use (40 percent)

Performance is based on throughput speed on 2.4 and 5 GHz including the performance of the dual 5GHz smart features and manual performance on tri-band routers.

Ease of use is based on assessment of installation, software install/wizard, menu layout and configuration.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$423

Specifications

Total throughput (Mbps)
680.8
2.4GHz speed (Mbps)
116.8
5GHz speed (combined throughput, Mbps)
564
5GHz speed (single band, Mbps)
414.4
Maximum claimed speed 2.4GHz (Mbps)
600
Maximum claimed speed 5GHz (Mbps)
1300
Tri-band
Antennas
6
Antenna placement
External, fixed
Dimensions (W x D x H) [mm]
386x250x149
Weight (g)
1045

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
Fibre ready
Ethernet LAN ports
4
USB 2.0
1
USB 3.0 ports
1
DLNA
Default Wi-Fi access
Secure
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
Preset parental filters
×
Parental filters (URL/keyword)
Yes/No
Controls for wireless access or internet scheduling
Integrated modem (ADSL2+)
×
USB drive sharing
Guest network WiFi
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough (via USB cable not supplied)
×
VOIP
×
Wall mountable