D-Link DIR-890L Wireless AC 3200 Tri-band Gigabit Router

Purchasing a wireless router seems like it should be a straightforward process. However, routers come with so many options these days that it can be tough to choose. So if you’re in the market for a new router, maybe some information on the newest offering from D-Link will help. The D-Link DIR-890L Wireless AC 3200 Tri-band Gigabit router is launching exclusively at Staples store and it’s definitely a best-in-class router to look out for. Launching on December 5th, here are some of the features the D-Link DIR-890L has to offer:


Tri-Band Wi-Fi

What’s interesting about tri-band routers is that they have three wireless signals: one at the usual 2.4GHz band and two at the 5GHz band. These routers can efficiently handle multiple devices connected to your network. So what does this really mean?


Recently, one of my employees had an issue with her Wi-Fi. Her service provider replaced her Wi-Fi modem and the new modem wouldn’t provide a stable signal to her Apple TV. After multiple calls to the service provider, she still couldn’t get a wireless signal stable enough to stream from Netflix. I recommended she try activating one of the additional bands available on her modem and it worked! After days of trying to get things up and running with no luck, this did the trick. So what happened? Why was this the silver bullet?


A little known fact is that a 5GHz frequency is less cluttered and suffers from less interference than a 2.4GHz frequency. Since 2.4GHz frequencies have been the standard for many years, they tend to see a lot of traffic. If you live in an apartment or condo building like my employee does, there are a lot of other tenants on the 2.4GHz frequency who may be interfering with your signal. With the 5GHz frequency being much newer, there are fewer people using it and therefore less interference. So, if you’re having trouble with Wi-Fi performance, a tri-band router like the D-Link DIR-890L Wireless AC 3200 Tri-band Gigabit router might be your answer. Having the three bands also allows you to spread the traffic in your home so you don’t overload a single band.


Smart Connect

Tri-band technology is fantastic when it comes to managing traffic on your network, but knowing which device is only 2.4GHz compatible and which device can handle 2.4GHz and 5GHz can be a bit too technical for some people. That’s where Smart Connect on the new D-Link router comes in—this technology assigns each of the devices on your network to the Wi-Fi band where it can connect at its maximum speed.



With its fast speeds this router can support HD streaming and gaming. In fact, it not only supports streaming and gaming, but it offers buffer-free 4K video streaming and gaming on multiple devices.

When looking at the D-Link DIR-890L Wireless AC 3200 Tri-band Gigabit router, you’ll notice that it looks a bit like a spaceship, featuring a very unusual design aesthetic. One aspect of this design that will benefit users immensely is the six high-gain antennas. These antennas ensure that this router gets best in class range and beams your Wi-Fi connection to the furthest reaches of your home and around it.

By Mike Agerbo

December 02, 2014