Out of the box, the D-LINK has a few settings than can be configured to get the best network speeds for your network.
The first step will be to open your browser and head over to 192.168.0.1 (For the D-Link EXO 882) or 192.168.1.1 (For the Cobra). Unless you have set up a password, the default will be nothing so you can press login.
Next we will head over to Features > QoS Engine and we will change these following settings:
- Download Speed from 300 to 999
- Upload Speed from 300 to 999
- If you have anything in the priority boxes you want to remove them from these to ensure that all devices are allowed maximum throughput.
Once all these are changed press save, and your QoS Enginer page should look as below:
The last step is to do with the WiFi, specifically the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band selection. Out of the box, the D-LINK will combine both networks under one single SSID (Network Name) and you will be put on whichever the router thinks is best for you depending on a few parameters such as range, hardware detected and so on.
Disabling Smart Connect will give you the option to manually select which network of the two you wish to use. This is an optional step, but recommended if you're a heavy internet user that wants to ensure your devices are always forced to connect to the 5Ghz network - due to its higher maximum throughput rate.
If you proceed to Disable Smart Connect make sure you that you're changing the name for both of your networks so you can easily tell them apart (your passwords can remain the same for both networks, however). Once disabled your devices will now see both a 2.4Ghz and a 5Ghz network that can be joined individually - if you would still like them to be able to use both just get your device to remember both networks.
Each of the networks has some pros and cons, with the key ones being:
- 2.4Ghz: Longer maximum wireless range, lower maximum speed, more compatible devices.
- 5Ghz: Lower maximum wireless range, higher maximum speed, devices must have 5Ghz ("AC" standard) capabilities to connect.