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We have been waiting (and waiting) for D-Link to announce Wi-Fi 6 AX routers. After all, many other companies have up to AX11000 tri-band routers for some time. D-Link at CES 2020 announced a range of lower speed AX routers and mesh extenders.

D-Link at CES 2020 announced Wi-Fi 6 home networking solutions using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED EasyMesh and/or D-Link Proprietary Mesh technology. EasyMesh means it should (in theory but let’s not go there) work with any other brands EasyMesh routers. All routers work with Google Assistant and Alexa.

Well we have it from other sources that its AX products will include (US$ – add 50% for approx. AUD)

D-Link at CES 2020
  • AX1500, 2.4GHz/300Mbps, 5Ghz/1200Mbps, 2-stream (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
  • AX1800, 574/1201Mbps, 2-stream (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
  • AX2400, 574/1802Mbps, 3-stream (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
  • AX5400 574/4804Mbps, 4-stream (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
  • AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
  • AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), Q2 2020, $269.99

The DIR series are dual-band routers with EasyMesh capability, meaning that you can select a base speed you need and add DAP extenders. The issue with adding extenders to dual-band is that there is no dedicated backhaul channel. We assume the extenders will have Ethernet WAN ports to help here.

D-Link at CES 2020

The Covr-X1870 is 574/1201Mbps dual-band – so the back-haul comment applies too. It does not support EasyMesh requiring dedicated Covr satellites.

5G routers

D-Link’s DWR-2101 5G NR MiFi and DWP-1020 5G NR Outdoor Unit enable users to experience wireless speeds (Telco dependent – up to 2Mbps in Australia but likely capped to 50Mbps) at home, at the office and on-the-go.

D-Link at CES 2020

mydlink camera

The new mydlink cameras feature edge-based person detection with AI technology, allowing for more intelligent and personal automation and surveillance.

D-Link at CES 2020

DCS-8630LH and DCS-8627LH Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Spotlight Cameras

  • 400 lumen LED spotlight
  • Colour and infra-red night vision
  • Edge-based person detection
  • IP65 weatherproof
  • Glass-break detection
  • Speaker/siren with two-way audio
  • Google Assistant/ Alexa voice commands can turn on/off spotlight and siren
  • The DCS-8630LH features built-in smart home hub with Zigbee Technology

DCS-8302LH – Full HD Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera

  • Edge-based person detection
  • Splash-proof indoor/outdoor design
  • Built-in Ethernet port for wired connection
  • Built-in microphone and speaker with siren

DCS-8526LH – Full HD Pan/Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera

  • 360° horizontal view with 340° pan / 105° tilt
  • Auto motion tracking
  • Panorama view angle selection
  • Edge-based person detection
  • Built-in Ethernet port for wired connection
  • Physical privacy mode

DCS-8000LHV2 Mini Full HD Wi-Fi Camera

  • Compact size 3.7 x 4.5 x 9.5 cm
  • Full HD resolution 1080p at 30 fps with 138° FOV
  • Edge-based person detection

GadgetGuy’s take – D-Link at CES 2020 was a letdown

Not that the products are bad in any way but we wanted more. NETGEAR and many others have forged ahead with AX routers and mesh and D-Link seems to be playing a slow catch-up.

D-Link Australia website is here but no details are on it yet.