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Best deal for the 2900 viper to the best of my knowledge, wished I waited a week before I bought mine.
Is the AC Adapter park of the package or is it special for Wireless1 only? If it's from D-Link out of the box, it's time for the mandatory Officeworks pricebeat guarantee :P
This is the promotional offer from D-Link itself, you have to redeem it after buying the modem router.
Nice. So, it might go down to ~$227 with OW 5% price beat.
And I bought the 2890 AL a month ago!!! :'(
They say performance and wireless range are pretty much the same so if you're just simply after these two, you won't have to regret getting it. :)
Yeah, I'm more about the number of devices that can connect to it. My household varies between 4 to 8 (depending on whether the in-laws are visiting - and as they are from overseas, one visit is ~1-3 months :p) so there can be quite a number of devices connected. I myself have my phone, 2 x tablet, tv, chromecast, laptop (PC is hardwired), Wifey got similar set up (minus the TV and chromecast), etc etc etc. Total number of devices can easily reach 20-25 devices, with ~15 of these are permanently hooked.
on hindsight, the Viper might be more suitable for this… oh well.
In anycase though (back to topic), if the viper's performance is even as good as the 2890, it's a really good deal. Strong connection and no dropouts on the 2890.
I bought the 2890 about 12 months ago. Best thing I could've done for my network!
You shouldn't have a problem… I have; permanently connected: a NAS, a TV, 2 x Tivos, a PC, a MFC printer & 2 iPads; and usually connected, 2 laptops, 4 phones & 2 WDTVs; we've also had a few Aupairs living here that always have their laptop, iPad or phone connected doing some heavy work!
I have my 2890 connected to 20 devices all the time with no hiccups whatsoever with a few connected to NAS for video streaming. Worth every penny. You can buy the 2890 on eBay for as low as $174 but saw one for $159 couple of months back. Still can't bothered to upgrade because all they did with the viper is added a few tweaks like the new GUI and added 150mbps to 2.4Ghz. I'd say, no thanks. I'll skip this and wait for a real upgrade.
Thanks all. Yeah, never had a probelm with teh 2890. Was the 159 part of the MSY Special? I missed that :(
Had to Google this to work out what it actually was…(ADSL Modem/Wireless Router for those who cbb)
Had to Google what 'cbb' meant… (Can't Be Bothered for those who cbf)
Had to google what 'cbf' meant… (Can't Be F[email protected] for those who has cfz)
How does this compare say with Netgear's Nighthawk Ac1900 or the Asus RT-AC68U or Archer D9? Im in the market for one to replace my ageing modem router.
Both the Netgear and Asus you're referring to are just routers, TP Link archer d9 however is a modem/router 2 in 1. From what I've read, the 2890, previous model, stacks up really well with these routers in terms of throughput and wireless range. But external antennas always have the better wireless range according to the experts. With the viper being the successor, we'll expect this to be a tad better with a few tweaks.
I got a 2890AL too, pretty sure whirlpool had a rep confirming that the 2890AL also has smartbeam but it's not written on the box. not sure why it's worth the excess… the 2890AL was $190 at office works, with the mail in dongle, which came in a week.
The 5ghz drops out all the time, and isn't that great. Perhaps they're releasing a 2900 as a 2890 that actually works to distance themselves from the previous product? I wouldn't buy it again.
I have the D-Link DIR-826L which looks like a similar design (though much older) and it has an issue with the 5ghz band too.
Does anyone know if the 2900 has this issue too?
Mine doesn't. It runs 5GHz and 2.4GHz simultaneously just fine. It sometimes gets quite warm though. A USB drive I had plugged into the back got very hot.
Like jazoom, no probs with my 5GHz. I find it's range isn't quite as good, but I love the thought that it's not running the same freq as every one of my neighbours networks and all the extra cap we've got (like baby monitors)!
Maybe something's wrong with it. Mine's solid for a year now. Have a talk with a dlink tech support. If they can't find a solution for you, ask for a replacement.