D-Link D-Fend DIR-2680
End bad placement of routers with a pair of these – you can have up to 16 in a network!

The correct placement of the router is so fundamental to performance that mandatory hangings should be law if you ignore this.

The D-Link D-Fend AC2600 does not currently support D-Link’s PowerZone (Mesh).

Wi-Fi Performance test

Location from router and Mbps 2m 5m 10m
Top floor (where the router is) 866/5Ghz 700/5GHz 650/5GHz
Second floor (one floor down) 350/5Ghz
Ground floor (two floors down) 75/2.4Ghz

The is comparable with other AC2600 routers, perhaps a little stronger in holding the 5Ghz signal – most drop back to 2.4GHz on the second floor.

D-Link D-Fend DIR-2680

Parental controls

It has some of the better software I have seen. You can set up to 30 user profiles and allocate different use cases, needs and restrictions.

You can block internet browser access by category (dating, sexual content, social mdia, etc.) or a specific site domain, and set specific use times.

You cannot block apps – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram apps will still work.

Finally, you can pause the Internet for specific profiles or for all.

D-Link D-Fend DIR-2680

Voice

While the manual states both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa the D-Fend app only support Amazon Alexa.

The D-Link Wi-Fi app does support Google Assistant but cannot control the McAfee D-Fend function.

D-Fend McAfee

D-Fend protects all devices on the router main IP address, e.g. 192.168.100.1-256.

Earlier I mentioned method 2 – Gateway>D-Fend>router>devices. I tested this and D-Fend gave a 192.168.100.150 IP address to the existing router which then allocated IP addresses 192.168.100.151 and above to all the current devices attached to it.

Whether I logged into the D-Fend McAfee SHP router or another router, D-Fend was protecting all the downstream devices. Now that is cool!

D-Link D-Fend DIR-2680
The is from a PC connected to another router

This opens up broader use cases as a gatekeeper device protecting an entire network (as long as it is all on the one IP subnet). This means a painless insertion into your home network – change nothing! You can also split Wi-Fi devices over the two routers – like an access point.

It also means you can physically separate the D-Fend and your router if you can run an Ethernet cable (or Powerline Ethernet over Power) between them. Imagine – yes your D-Fend could go in the NBN cupboard, even switch its Wi-Fi off) and move the main router closer to the action.

Manual here