For those of us in Australia, that means we get a few technologies to choose from directly inside the Taipan.
If you’re lucky enough to have the NBN, plug it in.
If you’re living in Canberra and have access to the faster-than-ADSL2-technology known as VDSL, plug it in.
And if — like us — you’re still stuck on ADSL2, plug it in.
Basically, the Taipan supports everything a modern Aussie might want to rely on, except, of course, there’s no phone or VoIP support, though this modem router isn’t made for that.
Rather, it is made for speed, and for households and businesses with a need for that and way too many devices to account for.
To help with this, the Taipan relies on a 1GHz dual-core processor and a bunch of technologies to help make the device even stronger, such as smartbeam forming which helps to narrow the connection to each device and keep a product connected.
Depending on the length or height of your home, as well as what it’s made from, this can mean your device stays connected for longer, and we found that while the 802.11ac network got weaker as we pushed through our old early 1900s home, the fact that it stayed connected was important, specifically because few modem routers we had used were able to accomplish this.
The previous modem router we were using was actually the D-Link Viper, the cylindrical model with no antennas. For what it’s worth, we preferred the look and style of that model, but it just doesn’t do what the Taipan can do, and we even had to bring a wireless router to improve the connection of the Viper as time went on.
In the Taipan, however, we’re back to being in convergence bliss as we only need to rely on one for the plethora of devices we’re connected.
Generally, the Taipan lets you operate a network using either the standard combination of three networks, allowing you to run them with different names, different passwords, and generally feel like you’re the master of your domain, or it includes something we haven’t seen which is handier than you might expect.
This is D-Link’s “Smart Connect” feature, which tends to switch itself on without you asking to, though after testing it, we can actually see why.