D-Link's Cloud Router 2000 (model DIR-826L) offers solid connections even at long range, according to most expert and consumer reviewers, and it has some nice features, as well. In one D-Link DIR-826L review, an expert from Gadget Review rates the router 4.5 out of 5. The reviewer likes that the router has a USB port that can support an external storage device, along with a mobile app that lets users access files on the drive attached to the router. In testing, the DIR-826L maintained a strong, stable signal even as the reviewer put distance and walls between an iPad and the router.
An expert at Trusted Reviews appreciates the low price of the D-Link DIR-826L (starting at $50, Amazon) but reports that its transfer speeds are pretty slow for an N600 router, which has a theoretical top speed of 600 megabits per second. However, the router has a strong signal that can maintain those speeds up to 40 feet away. This reviewer says the router's interface is easy to use. Amazon shoppers appreciate how simple it is to set up the router, according to reviews, and they remark on the signal strength. However, these consumers confirm the experts' complaints that the router is relatively slow.
The D-Link DIR-826L is a dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) router that supports the 802.11b/g/n standards. It's a gigabit router, with four 10/100/1000 LAN ports. For security, this router uses WPA and WPA2, the latest protocol. D-Link provides a few mobile apps for use with this router: SharePort Mobile, the app that lets users access data stored on an external drive; QRS Mobile, for setting up a home network and controlling the router settings from a mobile device; and Mydlink Lite, to control and view security cameras remotely. The expert from Gadget Review doesn't address Mydlink Lite but found the other two apps easy to use.
The relatively slow speeds of the D-Link DIR-826L are disappointing, but as an N600 router, it should prove faster than many other budget models. The strong signal is something that experts and users consistently praise, and the D-Link DIR-826L doesn't want for appealing features. The ability to attach a storage drive directly to the router is definitely a plus, as are the gigabit ports, which can make for a very speedy home network compared with the 10/100 ports on most low-cost routers. The available apps are another undeniably cool feature.