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D-Link EXO AC2600 Router with EXO AC2000 Extender
Author: Bill Lepse
Manufacturer: D-Link
Source: D-Link
Purchase: Amazon.com
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February 10, 2020

We recently reviewed the D-Link COVR 2202 Tri-Band WiFi Mesh System, which was a good option for those that have medium sized homes and relatively few wired devices (or you already have wired switches to use on your network). At a recent trade show we met up with D-Link and they were showing off some new routers in their EXO line. While discussing some of the models we were told that all new EXO models would support mesh networking. This was very interesting since most routers that support mesh have been very limited in the way of wired Ethernet connections available. So when they offered to send one over, we were happy to take a look.

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As mentioned, the EXO line will now support mesh networking, but they are still sold as individual pieces. So in this case we will be looking at two different components, one is the router, the D-Link EXO DIR-2600 AC2600 Smart Mesh Wi-Fi Router (@Amazon) and the other is the D-Link EXO DAP-1820 AC2000 Wi-Fi Range Extender (@Amazon). Since you will need multiple pieces to create the mesh network we will be reviewing these as one unit so to speak.

Features and Specifications:

I will start with the DIR-2660, which is more of your traditional looking router. It is a fairly small unit with four adjustable antennas. You can control it with Google Assistant and/or Amazon Alexa, and it comes with a free subscription to McAfee for 5 years. Via the free app you can configure your settings, set parental controls and test your internet speed. Below is a more comprehensive list of features and specifications.

    Model: EXO AC2600 Smart Mesh Wi-Fi Router
    Wireless Speed: 2600 Mbps (800Mbps on 2.4GHz + 1732Mbps on 5GHz)
    CPU: 880 MHz dual core
    SDRAM: 256 MB
    Flash: 128 MB
    Antenna Type: External Fixed Antenna (4x4+4x4)
    Wi-Fi Mesh: Yes
    MU-MIMO: Yes
    D-Link Wi-Fi: Yes
    McAfee Protection: Yes
    Voice Control: Yes
    WAN: 1(10/100/1000)
    LAN: 4(10/100/1000)
    USB: 1 (3.0) + 1 (2.0)
    Static IP: Yes
    Dynamic IP: Yes
    PPPoE: Yes
    L2TP: Yes
    PPTP: Yes
    Static IPv6: Yes
    PPPoE (IPv6 over PPPoE): Yes
    Quick VPN: Yes
    WPS: Yes Push button only
    WPA2-PSK (Personal): Yes
    Guest Zone: Yes
    USB Sharing (FTP): Yes
    USB Sharing (SAMBA): Yes

The D-Link EXO AC2000 Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1820) is a white, somewhat oval shaped device with integrated plug. It too is relatively small, in this case measuring (2.6" x 3.3" x 5.5"). The DAP-1820 is designed to allow you to quickly add a node to your existing EXO router to create a mesh network and eliminate dead zones in your home. It is rated for a total bandwidth of 2000 Mbps which comes from 300 Mbps on 2.4GHz and 1733 Mbps on 5GHz. The signal strength indicator provides quick feedback to enable you to find the best placement in your home. Below are some additional specs from the D-Link site.

    Model: AC2000 Wi-Fi Range Extender
    Wireless Speed: 2000Mbps (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
    SDRAM: 128MB
    Flash : 16MB
    Antenna Type: External Antenna (2x2+4x4)
    Beamforming: Yes
    MU-MIMO: Yes
    Wireless: a/b/g/n/ac (Concurrent dual band)
    LAN: 1(10/100/1000)
    WPA/WPA2-Personal: Yes
    D-Link Wi-Fi: Yes

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