Quality routers are a dime a dozen these days, and at first glance, the D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 Wi-Fi router seems to be another uninspired entry into this category – adequate, but hardly different from its competitors. Yet D-Link has been churning out decent routers seemingly for as long as there has been an internet, meaning any new device from them is worth a closer look.

How the D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 Wi-Fi router balances features and pricing

While we did say quality routers aren’t hard to find, customers are often forced to choose between buying something that lacks utility or paying too much for something with excessive features. The DIR-879 tries to remedy this by offering a well-balanced router for only $140 – a price most households can afford. But how good is the balance, really?

For one, the DIR-879 boasts an innovative and solid design one might not expect from a cheaper model. But it’s what’s under the hood that matters: four LAN ports and decent Wi-Fi connectivity on shorter distances are a definite plus, but a closer look reveals some downsides as well. Namely, a lack of USB ports and lackluster Wi-Fi performance on longer distances as well as a user interface that can be hit or miss.

Still, despite lacking a few features, the DIR-879 is as good of a budget router as they come for those with no use for USB connectivity or strong long-range Wi-Fi transmitting.

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