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At the beginning of this review we expressed the hope that the D-Link DIR-879 EXO would be a router that does its job competently and with the minimum of fuss, and we’re delighted to see that it’s pretty much the case.
Setup couldn’t be easier (despite a wonky mobile app), and speeds and range all worked well without any need to configure confusing settings.
The price, features list and the ease of setup are all big pluses for this router. The speeds and range were also very good considering the price of this device.
We didn’t like
We’d have liked slightly more flexibility with the antennae placement, and the mobile app needs a bit of work to make sure it’s as easy to use as promised.
Some more advanced features are a bit hidden away, but that won’t be of too much concern for most users, though the lack of a USB port, which is pretty much a standard feature for routers these days, is a shame.
For its price, the D-Link DIR-879 EXO provides most of the common features you’d expect from a modern router, including dual bands, parental controls and QoS tools for ensuring the network is enjoyable to use no matter how it’s being used. Range and speed of the Wi-Fi is good, especially between floors, though it won’t quite reach the furthest corners of large houses and offices.
It’s incredibly easy to set up, and even non-techies can have this up and running in a matter of minutes, and many will never even need to log in as an admin to change any settings – though if you do you’ll be greeted with an easy to understand and navigate interface.
Overall, this is a great little router that provides very good performance for a decent price.
Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.