Price (RRP): $579.95
Need a ton of performance for WiFi at home? No worries, because D-Link has something that might fit the bill, and it’s so big, you might even have problems placing it.
Features and performance
The latest of the company’s converged modem and router models, the D-Link Taipan or “DSL-4320L” as it’s called from the official model number is the new flagship beast, and boy is it something interesting.
For this model, D-Link is taking that new signature pyramid design we saw in a recent router, which we still think reminds us of the old Pizza Hut restaurants, if you’re young enough to remember when Pizza Hut had eat-in places in Australia.
Every time we saw that router somewhere — and there’s one somewhere in GadgetGuy’s review area — we said “oh look, it’s the Pizza Hut router”, because of the red angular roof that just made it stand out.
For the Taipan, D-Link has taken that design and made it blue, so now we can’t recall our consumerist roots, but what we can do is forgo needing both a modem and a router separately, because what this model can do will make you want to switch regardless.
Let’s start with the basics of what it has, because when you look at it either on a website, printed or on the box, our out of that and into the real world, the first thing you’ll notice are the antennas.
Yup, there are six of these, and they’re thick, high-gain, and larger than your regular WiFi router antennas, designed to match the 802.11ac wireless found inside the Taipan, which relies on the AC3200 technology.
If that seems like a bunch of numbers to you, let’s break it down to explain it a little better:
In the world of wireless networking, the letter and number combo is usually based on network speed, so when you had an N600 network, you had an “802.11n” network operating at a maximum of 600Mbps.
Last year, if you bought an AC1750 device, you had an “802.11ac” network operating at a combination of 1300Mbps (1.3Gbps) and 450Mbps, with the two networks running in a sort of combination whereby the slower devices could rely on the slower connection (which operates on 2.4GHz) while the devices that really needed super speeds, like say a TV, could use the 1300Mbps (on the 5GHz network).
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, read what the D-Link Taipan is again: AC3200.
To break that down, you first need to know this thing will put a staggering 3200Mbps of performance, though not all at once. Rather, this is broken down into two 1300Mbps bands operating on 5GHz each, and one 2.4GHz network pushing out 600Mbps.
As a point, D-Link isn’t alone in this technology relying on AC3200 wireless networking, but it is alone in one of the convergent features for this technology as in a world first, it even has the modem built directly in it.