Have trouble deciding if you need a wireless mesh system to provide coverage across your home or whether an upgraded router would be the best option? With the D-Link DIR-1960, you get something in the middle: a normal router that can also be supplemented with wireless mesh access points to improve performance and expand its capabilities.
Even while the DIR-1960’s simple black shell is less eye-catching than D-gaming-focused Link’s routers, the four huge antennas on the top of the router stand out. It may either be put flat on a tabletop or fixed on a wall.
The DIR-1960’s rear panel contains all of the features you’d expect from a router: a Gigabit Ethernet LAN connector for connecting the router to a compatible modem, as well as four Gigabit Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices to the network. Additionally, D-Link has included a USB3 connector for content sharing.
The DIR-1960 is shipped with a secure wireless network already established. Then, after the router is plugged in and connected to your network, you can connect a wired or wireless device to the router, log into the router’s web interface, and follow the wizard through the setup process, which should take no more than a couple of minutes.
|Product Description||EXO AC1900 Smart Mesh Wi-Fi Router|
|Wireless Speed||1900Mbps (2.4G + 5G)|
|Antenna Type||External Fixed Antenna (4×4+4×4)|
|Voice Control Support (Amazon Alexa / Google Assistant)||Yes|
|USB 2.0/3.0||USB 3.0|
|Dynamic IP (DHCP)||Yes|
|PPPoE (IPv6 over PPPoE)||Yes|
|WPS (Wi-Fi Protect Setup)||Yes (PBC only)|
|USB Sharing (FTP)||Yes|
|USB Sharing (SAMBA)||Yes|
According to the manufacturer, the Netgear Orbi mesh system is a better solution for bigger houses or areas where gaining wireless access is a challenge. If you’re OK with a single router, the D-Link DIR-1960 is a good choice. It’s reasonably priced, it’s fast, and it has the potential of being expanded to form a mesh network.