Getting up and running with D-Link’s AC3200 Ultra is pretty simple. Novice users can use the software CD to guide them through the process or, those who are fairly tech savvy can access the router by connecting up the power and using the network cable between a PC and the router to interface. Once connected, opening a web browser and typing in the internal IP address will bring up a login screen and provide access to the software GUI.
The software GUI is simple and very intuitive. Everything is set out in the areas you would expect and once inside, users can either manually configure settings or use the wizard for assistance.
NOTE: To configure internet access simply connect the cable from your modem into the AC3200 Ultra’s WAN port.
Below, we’ve produced a walkthrough video which provides a tour of the software GUI – highlighting significant features. This video should demonstrate the settings available and how intuitive the software is.
AC3200 Ultra features a dual-core 1GHz processor and supplies up to 3200mbps. Combining 1300mbps across the two 5GHz bands and 600mbps over the 2.4GHz band.
In this section we’ll be testing out both the Ethernet (wired) performance and the wireless performance. To accomplish this we use AIDA32’s network benchmark plugin (discontinued in the newer AIDA64). Below are the results:
The wired performance is solid, as we expected. Throughout the testing process the figures maintained consistency and didn’t fluctuate sporadically.
Bandwidth test coming soon – 802.11ac device in process of being fixed.
AC3200 Ultra offers wireless connectivity spanning up to approximately 47 feet / 14.3m. This is quite a large distance and it’s important to note this includes passing through two thick walls also.