D-Link DIR-X1860 EXO AX AX1800 router offers affordable WiFi 6 tech in the market.
D-Link WiFi 6 Router (DIR-X1860) Review
With most of the households owning multiple devices amidst the pandemic, it is a glaring fact that our home networks will be overwhelmed by data transfer requirements of these devices; thus slow network speeds and low efficiency are the inevitable problems.
With Wi-Fi 6 having the promise of faster and efficient network, this newest version of WLAN technology has been getting rave reviews lately. There are tons of high-end Wi-Fi 6 routers in the market today, but D-Link is offering a Wi-Fi 6-capable router in a very convincing price. Interested? Join me in this D-Link DIR-X1860 AX1800 Mesh WiFi 6 Router review.
Unboxing and Setup
DesignThe D-Link AX1800 WiFi 6 router comes off with a black colorway. Obviously, it has a plastic build with smooth matte finish. The main router is a box with 4 antennas permanently attached to its sides and back. It could definitely steal attention when placed in your desk or mounted on a wall due to its futuristic looks.
PerformanceOf course, the main reason why you're buying this router is its Wi-Fi 6 capability. It's the new generation Wi-Fi that promises a boost in speed than the previous generation. Theoretically, it can peak at 9 Gbps speed. However, the Wi-Fi 6 technology offers more than just a speed boost, it also manages the efficiency and integrity of your network. This technology is very promising since most of our households now have many Wi-Fi devices connected in a single network; and Wi-Fi 6 does a pretty good job in fortifying the integrity of the network. Needless to say, with traditional Wi-Fi routers, the added devices will definitely take a toll on the network, thus causing slow data transfer.
MU-MIMO and OFDMA: Why are these important?WiFi 6 uses the upgraded Multiple User, Multiple In, Multiple Out technology (MU-MIMO) which technically allows the router to connect to multiple devices simultaneously, in contrast to the traditional process which only broadcasts to one device at a time. With the new D-Link AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1860), you can deliver data up to 4 simultaneous streams with less latency in its dual-band WiFi. It has combined speeds up to 1774 Mbps (574 Mbps at 2.4GHz + 1200 Mbps at 5GHz).
Likewise, the D-Link DIR-X1860 Wi-Fi 6 Router utilizes the Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access or OFDMA. This wireless tech allows one transmission to deliver data to multiple devices simultaneously. This means that in every transmission of a Wi-Fi signal, router pushes out more data to your devices. This tallies an increase of 38% in speed compared to the Wi-Fi 802.11ac. In terms of capacity, the router has an exceptional capacity with up to 4x greater capacity than 11ac, so more devices can connect at the same time.
WiFi 6 Improves Device Battery LifeThe D-Link DIR-X1860 AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 router also employs the Target Wake Time feature which significantly reduces battery consumption of devices. This technology allows devices to schedule communications with the router, reducing the needed time to transmit power in the devices' antennas. In turn, less battery draining is achieved. If you have multiple smart home devices, this feature definitely comes handy.
Security, OthersThe D-Link DIR-X1860 Wi-Fi 6 Router has the industry's standard 128-bit Wi-Fi encryption. We are familiar with this standard as the WPA3. The router also comes with Parent Control that blocks a certain site or device when scheduled.
What's even more exciting is the fact that the router connects with Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. You can also manage your Wi-Fi bands in one single Wi-Fi name. This means that you don't need to have separate SSIDs for your 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands.