Review Compact Router D-Link DIR-806A with supporting 802.11ac

Review Compact Router D-Link DIR-806A with supporting 802.11ac

Standard 802.11ac wireless equipment today is more common on the market. The use of powerful routers and wireless adapters in many cases allows for significantly higher data rates than 802.11n, which is in its maximum configuration and is not widely used. However, for stationary systems is still desirable to use a wired connection – as providing a guaranteed high speed.

In addition, controllers with support for the new version of wireless communication and can be found in a relatively low-cost smartphones and tablets. Perhaps it is in mobile devices such decision is most needed, as it provides an increase in speed when using only one internal antenna.

As for the routers, the first model to be expected out in the upper segment and were interested mainly enthusiasts and demanding users who have appropriate financial resources and can effectively use all the features of the devices.

However, with the more simple and affordable chipsets situation is gradually changing. And to replace the router with the formula 4 + 1 wired ports 100 Mbit / s + 300 Mbit / s Wi-Fi in the 2.4 GHz begin to appear affordable solutions with support for 802.11ac.

One such model is a compact router D-Link DIR-806A, which complements the standard configuration of the implementation of the second mass range wireless communication with a maximum connection speed of 433 Mbit / s. Note that this option is interesting is equipped with a single antenna for mobile clients, and if you have a device with 802.11n, they will be able to work with this router only 150 Mbit / s in the 5 GHz band.

D-Link DIR-806A: Scope of delivery

The router comes in a small cardboard box, decorated in the colors of familiar D-Link. It is present photos of the device, the circuit ports description supplied and brief specifications of the model.

In the box tightly packed router, switch mode power supply 5 V 1.2 A, two removable external antennas, stylish flat network patch cable, a description of the guarantee terms and uninformative multiple Getting Started Guide. The only pity is that the patch cord is white and not black as the router itself.

The manufacturer’s website you can find the electronic version of the user manual and some other documents, as well as the firmware update.

The warranty on the router is one year.

D-Link DIR-806A: Outward appearance

Housing router made of black matte and glossy plastic looks sternly. Dimensions, excluding antennas, cables and connectors comprise 116 × 82 × 22 mm. The top cover, we see two ventilation grates, model name and logo of the manufacturer.

Review Compact Router D-Link DIR-806A with supporting 802.11ac

On the front side is a button and a reset switch mode with built-in multi-color display and six status LEDs wireless network connection to the Internet and wired ports.

On the right side wall is also a lattice, and on the left you will notice it except the power supply input. It is made in the format Micro-USB. The corresponding plug is on the normal power supply.

It is difficult to say whether such a decision makes sense in this case, but rather it should be considered a plus. At the bottom of the case, we see the information label, a little more ventilation holes and small rubber feet.

Given the small weight of the model, a significant influence on the stability they provide. Standard wall mounting capabilities in this model. On the rear panel, we see only two standard connectors for antenna and a set of wired ports – one WAN and four LAN.

On the whole body turned out good. Placement mode buttons on the front panel are clearly more convenient than the rear. Here are just a good idea to add a button and WPS. Only gripe is the lack of use of gloss and wall mount. However, given the small size and weight of the device, to think of something will snap.

D-Link DIR-806A: Hardware Configuration

The solution uses a platform Realtek. The main processor unit – RTL8881, it is also 5 GHz radio unit supports 802.11a / n / ac maximum connection speed of 433 Mbit / s. The amount of RAM is 64 MB, for flashing the Flash 4 MB. Work AP 2.4 GHz single chip provided RTL8192, it implements protocols 802.11b / g / n with a maximum connection speed of 300 Mbit / s. Network switch for wired ports at speeds of 100 Mbit / s, apparently, is the core SoC.

The device was tested with firmware version 2.5.16.

D-Link DIR-806A: Setting and opportunities

Setting up the router is traditionally done through a web interface. The latest firmware version of the model manufacturer has implemented its new version called «Air». There are translations into several languages, including Russian. Some of the items have links settings page support site with a description of these functions. It is possible to enable remote access to the settings via the Internet. In addition to replacing the port number, you can restrict access by IP-address.

The design is quite traditional, with a tree menu on the left side of the page. In the header has a dropdown list for quick access to the most popular pages, a language selector, and built-in search string. When first opened, the interface is proposed to change the administrator password. But the wireless network with the factory settings with a simple digital work is not an individual password.

Unusually looks page “Monitoring” – here graphically shows a diagram of your network, including not only an internet connection and customers, but also a firewall and filters. Many elements of the scheme are links opens a popup window with the appropriate settings. Unfortunately, there are some errors in the implementation, in particular, not all graphic elements worked as expected.According to the manufacturer, these defects will be corrected in the next version of the firmware.

Review Compact Router D-Link DIR-806A with supporting 802.11ac

To simplify the basic settings, has built-mates. In particular, they allow you to configure your Internet connection, wireless access points, IPTV and broadcast port.

The device has enhanced current control mode. In addition to general information about the router, including the model, firmware version, and the status of the interfaces have a page with the statistics of traffic on interfaces LAN and WAN, DHCP, and viewing tables, routing, multicast group list, the status of wireless clients.

The router supports the connection to the internet IPoE, PPPoE, PPTP, and L2TP. When working through the access server can still access your network provider. Besides being able to change the MAC-address and MTU, provides many options VPN-clients, including the connection mode and encryption.

The router has a built-in client DDNS, supports three services, including corporate is possible to add custom entries in the routing table.

Working with IPTV services provided protocol support IGMP, VLAN configuration or dedicated port for the console.

Configure the local network segment include the selection of addresses of the router, the range for the DHCP server and fixed appointments IP-addresses to clients.

Most of the configuration of wireless access points are duplicated for the 2.4 and 5 GHz. A set of basic parameters is quite familiar: the network name, region, mode, number and width of the channel protection. Interestingly implemented selection channel number for the 2.4 GHz band – the router shows the current load them in graphical form. For 5 GHz supported channel numbers 36 to 64.

There are a general filter MAC-addresses, you can put a limit on the number of concurrent wireless clients adjust power transmitters enable WMM, and WPS. Also, there is the possibility of creating several additional virtual wireless networks with different names, but as for them to set the protection mode has been found.

Restrict client access to the Internet can be through a filter MAC-addresses. It is also possible to set custom IP-filter rule involving addresses, port numbers, and protocol.

Remote access to the services of the local network is ensured by the implementation of UPnP, DMZ and port translation rules. The latter can be used as single numbers or ranges. Furthermore, external and internal port numbers may vary.

The router has a built-in filter URL-addresses, working with the protocol http. If you block any site user information messages when you try to access it is not displayed.

The set of system functions include standard page to update the firmware (including via the Internet from the server manufacturer), work with the configuration, change the administrator password, set the time (in manual mode or sync on NTP). Note the presence of the router reset button. In addition there are diagnostic tools ping and traceroute. It is possible to enable access to the router console by telnet, although in the absence of the USB ports is unlikely to be useful.

The system log allows you to choose the level of recorded messages, but easy to use it can not be named. Provided to send the events to an external server syslog.

Note that in addition to working in router mode, the device can be used as an access point or wireless client.

D-Link DIR-806A: Performance

The speed of the match those used in the tariff plan. Run the client p2p confirmed that the device is capable to cope with such a load at maximum speed. Note that while it was possible to view the broadcast via IPTV multicast cable.But the attempt to use the latter problem Wi-Fi has been less successful – in this mode the connection was very unstable.

More fully router capabilities in all modes of connection we checked in our standard stand. Speed test results are presented in the following routing graph.

As we can see, regardless of the type of connection, the speed of the device is close to the maximum possible for the platform and is 90-95 Mbit / s. Earlier in the tests we have already met with the fact that the platform Realtek shows very good results in the mass segment.

Review Compact Router D-Link DIR-806A with supporting 802.11ac

The second graph shows the effectiveness of technology in dual-access modes via the access server.

This configuration is also no comments in terms of performance.

Checking the wireless access points carried out in conjunction with the adapter Asus PCE-AC68, supported in the 2.4 GHz band to connect to the network 802.11b / g / n connection with a speed of up to 600 Mbit / s and 5 GHz 802.11a / n / ac at a rate of to 1300 Mbit / s. The router was configured for maximum performance with WPA2 and channel width of 40 and 80 MHz for the 2.4 and 5 GHz, respectively. The audit was conducted at four meters line of sight to four meters across one wall and eight meters across two walls. The last test was conducted only on the 5 GHz band, because at this point the client installation in the 2.4 GHz band could not find relatively free channels (the total number of networks that are “seen” in this case, the client is more than five dozen). When analyzing the results should take into account the presence of the router wired ports only at a rate of 100 Mbit / s.

When the connection speed of 300 Mbit / s (the maximum that can be obtained from two antennas in the 2.4 GHz band) is limited to the actual performance wired ports and devices is 75-95 Mbit / s.Note that the addition of obstacles in the form of one wall has little effect on the result.

In the 5 GHz band with 802.11ac situation is similar. The rate reaches almost 100 Mbits / sec. In this case, the installation of Gigabit ports could significantly improve the performance, but it would have been quite different router in terms of positioning and price category.

In addition, we conducted a test with dual-band adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 (802.11n, 2,4 and 5 GHz, up to 450 Mbit / s) at the first point (four meters line of sight).

One would expect that the 5 GHz due to the lower speed connection, which in this case is only 150 Mbit / s, its performance will be markedly lower. But in fact, this point has affected only in scenarios simultaneous exchange of data in two directions, which are relatively rare in practice.

D-Link DIR-806A: Conclusion

Router D-Link DIR-806A is today one of the most affordable solutions with support for 802.11ac. Of course, one must understand that in this case we use the most simple implementation of this wireless standard – with a single antenna and a maximum connection speed of 433 Mbit / s.However, it may well be in demand in certain situations, the most common of which is the presence of numerous neighboring wireless networks in the 2.4 GHz band. In addition, this option is turned by using a relatively inexpensive platform with support for wired ports only at a rate of 100 Mbit / s.

The device will be interesting to users of modern mobile devices with built-in dual-band wireless module, and you can comfortably use the Wi-Fi including when viewing high-definition video. It is worth noting that today, smart phones often do not support the 2.4 GHz band with a wide channel, and for their transition to 802.11ac will be even more noticeable.

As for embedded software, this model has a traditional set of features and functions, including support for common in our market options for connecting to the Internet, IPTV and VLAN. Web configuration interface to show not the most responsive. The speed of the routing and wireless access to the model there are no comments. In addition, the device features a compact body and Micro-USB connector for connecting the power supply.

Review Compact Router D-Link DIR-806A with supporting 802.11ac updated: April 16, 2015 author: John Malkovich