D-Link DIR-868L & DWA-182 Wireless AC Review
DIR-868L Router Interface pg.2
The Advanced Wireless page allows for full control over each individual networks along with how much transmission power the router can use. While more options other than ‘high/medium/low’ would have been welcome, this feature can improve signal strength in areas that are weak or reduce inference between the router and other devices.
The Routing section deals with the creation and hard setting of routing lists for how requests should get from point A to B whereas the port forwarding allows incoming port requests to forwarded to different ports. You can also schedule when the ports will be open and forwarded and when they will be closed.
Like all advanced routers the DIR-868L allows for creation of ‘guest’ networks, allowing secondary users to connect to the router while walling off the rest of your Network. We were impressed to see this router allows for individual creation of 2.4 and 5GHz networks as well as custom SSIDs and security modes. In a very nice touch, you can also create a schedule for when the networks are active.
The Tools section would be better labeled as Administration Tools as it mainly deals with the function and wellbeing of the router itself. Besides the usual host of options such as backing up the router settings, changing the time, and basic troubleshooting tools, the most interesting addition was the Schedules page. This subsection deals with the creation of scheduling rules. No matter if you are creating a custom schedule in WAN, Wireless, Virtual Server, Port Forwarding, Applications, or Network Filters, when you want to create a new schedule the system will forward you to this page. This is a touch unrefined way of doing things, but it does work and does allow for very fine tuned custom scheduling rules.
As with all D-Link routers the Status page is a grab bag of options which simply do not fit into any other category. Here you will find everything from an overview of the router (including the ability to disconnect and reconnect to your WAN) to reading or clearing the various logs being recorded. It is also where you can find statistics about how many packets the 868L has dealt with as well as what devices are connected, the network which they are connected to and what their signal strength is.
With so many subsections and options available to consumers things can get confusing so D-Link has thoughtfully included a very in-depth Help section. Since the help section itself is so long, D-Link has even broken it up into its own subsections, with each option corresponding to the main menu divisions within the router itself. For example, if you have a question about Port Forwarding it will be found under the Advanced Help topic in the Port Forwarding Section.
Each topic is also hot linkable so you do not need to scroll through the entire help file to get the help you need. Brilliant stuff!