D-link DIR-890L Wireless AC3200 Three Band Router

D-link introduces new wireless router – the DIR-890L a three band wireless AC3200 router. How good it is compared with Netgear Nighthawk X6?

D-link launched three wireless routers with high quality designs that are arguably unique with the casing body like a roof or like stealth fighter jet and have the highest peaks except the antenna. This design provides more space to vent hot air from the router while it works hard. Like other wireless AC3200 router such as Netgear Nighthawk X6 and Linksys EA9200, D-link DIR-890L comes with 6x external high power antennas with 3×3 MIMO technology.

What this router does

With three band technology, this wifi router delivers three separate bands 600Mbps in 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz band up to 1300Mbps each. This is ideal for streaming 4K video and other heavy duty high intensive bandwidth applications. You can connect all of your networking devices including laptops, mobile devices – Android, Windows phone and iOS Smart-phones all together covering large area within the large house solidly thanks to beamforming and smart connect technology.

D-link DIR-890L wireless AC3200 router
D-link DIR-890L/R


  • Stream smoothly and solidly all types of your HD multimedia
  • Three band technology simultaneously delivers up to 600Mbps wireless N devices in 2.4GHz band and two separate 5GHz bands up to 1300Mbps each
  • Smart connect and Smartbeam technology solid connections and optimal wifi performance
  • Powered by dual core 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM and 256MB flash memory
  • High speed port interfaces – 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 ports
  • Remote access management via your mobile devices
  • Cloud feature with myDlink SharePort web access

D-link DIR 890 is one of successful flagship products in the market with high rating in some retail shops such as Amazon with average customer rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, a successful achievement so far. Even though this types of Wireless AC3200 product is launched later than the competing products such as Netgear R8000 (Nighthawk X6), Linksys EA9200 and Asus AC3200 routers, this router is rapidly popular with its cool performances.

Comparison DIR 890 with Nighthawk X6

D-link quickly gain a place in the hearts of consumers with its unique model and well performance compared to Asus which first introduced AC3200 router. Asus AC3200 is less popular so far, unlike earlier products which Asus has always offered cool products and quickly became popular, this time Asus AC3200 router is less popular than other products such as Netgear Nighthawk X6 and D-link 890 wireless AC3200 routers.

The following table shows you main spec comparison table between D-link DIR 890 and Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6.

Table 1 Comparison D-link DIR-890L Vs Netgear R8000

 D-link DIR-890LNetgear Nighthawk X6 (R8000)
Wifi technologyTree-band wireless AC3200


Speeds: 3200Mpbs (600N on 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps + 1300Mbps on 5GHz)

Tree-band wireless AC3200


Speeds: 3200Mpbs (600N on 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps + 1300Mbps on 5GHz)

Antenna6 high-performance external antennasHigh-powered amplifiers and 6 high-performance external antennas
Smart ConnectYesYes
Cloud Featuremydlink SharePort AppN/A
NVIDIA GameStream-ReadyYesYes
Open source supportYes, DD-WRTYes, DD-WRT and Tomato builds
Ethernet Ports4x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port4x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port
USB Ports1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.01x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0
Hardware Performance1 GHz dual core processor Broadcom BCM4709A


512 MB RAM

128 MB Flash


1 GHz dual core processor Broadcom BCM4709A


256 MB RAM

128 MB Flash


Hardware performance

Both products are powered by the same Broadcom BCM4709A processor but with different memory capacity. Under the hood of Broadcom BCM4709A is high-performance 1 GHz ARM® Cortex™-A9 dual-core CPU with enhanced CPU memory subsystem architecture for increased system performance. Mostly high end wireless AC2400 and 3200 routers come with this types of communication processor including Asus AC3200 and Linksys EA9200.

D-link 890 comes with RAM memory twice as much as Nighthawk X6 and the same amount of flash memory which is 128MB. The more RAM the more tasks can be processed at the same time, thus faster processing time with less bottleneck.

Cloud Feature

D-link 890L is flavored with mydlink SharePort App for personal cloud storage which allows you connect the USB storage to the router and remotely stream and share movies, music, pictures and more from it. Netgear R8000 doesn’t flavor it with this types of cloud feature.

Other specs are similar including port interfaces either Ethernet with 4x Gigabit LAN ports, 1x Gigabit WAN port and 1x USB 3.0 high speed port for storage and 1x USB 2.0 port for printer. Both are DLNA compliant devices.

For advanced users you can optimize the performance of your router with open source firmware. Both routers can support DD-WRT open source firmware – a Linux-based firmware you can modify and customize to work in its best performance. Normal users do not do that, this D-link DIR-890L router has already been designed with graphical user interface to work well out of the box.

Click here for D-link 890L spec details and see how good the rating is in Amazon.

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