Updated 19 Dec 2017

D-Link

DSL-2885A

Bottom line: This dual-band D-Link router has good incoming fibre and VDSL speeds at 500m. Outgoing WiFi speeds are good on the 2.4GHz network band, but only just OK on the 5GHz band. Its performance was comparable to the ISP-supplied routers. If you have a modern home with thin walls, and not too many devices, this is a good wallet-friendly option.

DSL-2885A
Consumer score
59
Avg price

$200

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Test results

Overall score
OK
59
WiFi performance
OK
5.8/10
Ease of use and setup
OK
6.5/10
Security
OK
5.5/10

Good points

  • Good VDSL speeds at 500m.
  • Good fibre speeds.
  • Good WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.
  • OK to use and setup.
  • Very good parental controls.
  • Good documentation provided.
  • Has guest networks, but they're not enabled by default.
  • Can be mounted on the wall.
  • Has 2 USB ports.

But

  • Just OK WiFi performance on 5GHz.
  • Just OK security.
  • Doesn't support VOIP.

How we test

Overall score includes:

WiFi performance (60%) – measured at 4m and 10m from the router with the router and laptop in line of sight from each other. We calculated the speeds, in megabits per second (Mbps), by timing how long it took to transfer a 1.1GB file from a network attached storage (NAS) device, connected to the router, to a laptop over WiFi. We repeated the test 3 times on each band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and at each distance. The speeds from both distances were averaged and scored compared to the speeds expected for the WiFi standards they were using.

Ease of use and setup (20%) – based on an assessment of set up and how easy the device is to use including monitoring and managing network access and changing default settings (service set identifier (SSID), network key/password, encryption and WiFi protected set-up (WPS) settings). We also looked at the ease of accessing advanced functions such as guest networks, virtual private network (VPN), attached external media and parental control tools.

Security (20%) – looked at whether the networks were encrypted, how easy it was to identify them by SSID, and the security of the network key/password.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$200

Speeds

Fibre
7.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
7.5
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
7.5
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
3.5
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
1.3
Vectoring speed increase
62%
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
7.0
WiFi performance 5GHz
4.5
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
Moderate interference from obstruction
Load test
Noticeable drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
OK at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
Yes
VDSL
Yes
Fibre
Yes
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4 & 5
Antennas
3
Antenna placement
Rear of device. All 3 are removable and can rotate 360deg from horizontal and fold back by 90deg.
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
232x332x34
Weight (g)
483

Features

MIMO support
×
Beamforming support
Ethernet LAN ports
4
VOIP/Phone ports
0
USB ports
2
Media sharing via USB
DLNA
×
Installation wizard
Quality of Service
Parental controls
Parental control features
Time scheduling and block or enable device access.
Firewall
Guest network WiFi
Yes, but not labelled as guest.
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough
VOIP
×
Wall mountable

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Notes
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