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Author Topic: 868L Initial thoughts...  (Read 36141 times)

slakkr

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868L Initial thoughts...
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:40:25 AM »

I've been using it for a few days now and so far it appears like a stable router on its first firmware release, much more stable then Netgear R6300 was when it first came out. I didn't update it to the beta firmware, will wait for the final release. Bandwidth wise and range wise it falls just a bit short from Netgear R6300. Perhaps Dlink will improve it with firmware? Although, 2.4 Ghz band handles a bit better then Netgear R6300 in congested area, I don't have as many dropouts.

I do like the cylindrical design
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 09:56:05 AM »

Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy it. I'm enjoying mine. I think the 5Ghz range is better than the 2.4Ghz for some reason. I'm sure they'll improve it.
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2013, 03:37:06 PM »

Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy it. I'm enjoying mine. I think the 5Ghz range is better than the 2.4Ghz for some reason. I'm sure they'll improve it.

The 5Ghz radio definitely has a better range from what I've been observing. Perhaps the amplified signal is slanted towards that band.  ???
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013, 10:15:29 PM »

I've compared it side by side with my Netgear R6300 and unfortunately 868L falls shorts in either bands in terms of bandwidth.
For instance: 25 feet from the router through several walls I can download file from my Synology NAS at speeds 11 MB/Sec with R6300 while 686L shows 5 MB/sec. Signal on my laptop shows 5 bars on both routers, but on R6300 it shows 405 Mbps while 686L shows 130 Mbps. That test was using 5 Ghz band.

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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 10:45:26 PM »

Well, 5Ghz is best in line of sight, and is effected by building materials and such. Nature of the 5ghz radio.

I see about 13Mb on the down and 9 on the up on 5Ghz so far..

I've compared it side by side with my Netgear R6300 and unfortunately 868L falls shorts in either bands in terms of bandwidth.
For instance: 25 feet from the router through several walls I can download file from my Synology NAS at speeds 11 MB/Sec with R6300 while 686L shows 5 MB/sec. Signal on my laptop shows 5 bars on both routers, but on R6300 it shows 405 Mbps while 686L shows 130 Mbps. That test was using 5 Ghz band.


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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2013, 07:09:34 AM »

I can get higher speeds while standing next to router, but that's not the idea. I have to cover 1500 sq feet by relying on one router and while both do the job 868L shows less bandwidth/range at the extreme corners of the house. So it appears that R6300 has better signal penetration through walls.

There are couple of issues that I ran into with 868L

1. VPN connection dies out out after a few minutes of use. Have to disabling/renabling VPN to make it work

2. Nexus 4 phone and a tablet wifi connection dies after a few minutes of use even though it shows strong signal. Have to disable/enable wifi to get it working again.

Anyway, I decided to stick with my aging R6300 a bit longer since there are no advantages in 868L.
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2013, 07:15:53 AM »

Could be any thing at this point. Configuration, ISP services, distances and such. Hear that Mac Filtering helps VPN. I'll check on that. 

I don't have the same client HW as you do however my Mac Book Pro and 3 iPhones do well on WiFi. I do think the range on the 2.4Ghz isn't as good has the 5Ghz. Mac Book always connects to the 5ghz right off when in the living room going thru 2 wall. 2200 Sq ft house here.

Good luck with the R6300.

 
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2013, 07:25:12 AM »

Could be, but I used identical configuration settings as I've been using on R6300. Also, I have 15 wireless devices, but Nexus 4 and a tablet are the only ones that don't like the new router. Oh well...
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2013, 07:28:54 AM »

Do the Nexus and Tablet work on WPA or WPA 2, 20Mhz only and TPIK only as a test setting?

I would not attempt to copy settings between a D-Link router and a NG router. Not the same and configurations could be different and not an accurate set up for any router unless it's the exact same model.
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2013, 09:57:05 AM »

I am using WPA2 20/40 Mhz and AES. The thing is I've used Nexus 4 on many wireless networks and this is the first time I am having issue like that.
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2013, 10:07:06 AM »

Understand, I'm also curious if by changing to the mentioned settings, do the devices work then? We are tracking an issue with some Samsung devices while on DIR series routers. Just trying to collect additional information.
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2013, 10:53:09 AM »

I wish I could help you, but I just returned it.
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2013, 11:01:10 AM »

Ok, Good luck.
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2013, 12:46:05 PM »

Hey Furry, I have an Samsung Galaxy S4. Would you like me to help you track issues?
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Re: 868L Initial thoughts...
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2013, 12:50:04 PM »

Please sir. I presume that most new and current generation client HW should work well on WPA2 and AES only settings. Just need to see if that will work along with testing WPA/ or 2 and TPIK and 20Mhz.

I'll post some info about it in the main support forum threat...


Thank you sir.
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