D-LINK DRA-2060 is an AC2000 dual-band WiFi extender that comes with a Gigabit port for wired backhaul.
It comes with two unique features that would appeal to the users:
- It is a mesh enabled WiFi extender.
- It is the one of the few, if not the only AC2000 WiFi extender in the market
In this review, we will be deep diving into DRA-2060’s features, especially its mesh capabilities.
Mesh Enabled WiFi Extender
The unique part about a mesh network is its ability to provide extensive WiFi coverage for big areas.
D-LINK has developed a series of routers and WiFi extenders that can work together to form a mesh network.
Instead of a typical mesh node which comes in 2 or 3 packs, D-LINK mesh WiFi offers you the experience of customizing it based on your housing needs.
Compatible with all Routers
While the mesh network is only available exclusively when you paired with D-LINK EXO routers, you can also use DRA-2060 with other regular routers to extend your network.
Key Specifications & Benefits of DRA-2060
D-LINK DRA-2060 comes with two external antennas. Below is the WiFi speed for both of the frequencies:
- 2.4Ghz – up to 300Mbps
- 5 Ghz – up to 1733 Mbps
In layman terms, if you are using UNIFI 500Mbps plan or 800Mbps plan, then you might want to consider getting this device to extend your coverage.
At the time of writing this review, this device is going for less than RM300, which is really a value buy because you don’t normally see an AC2000 WiFi extender in the market, where the majority are either under spec and priced similarly.
Another unique feature about this DRA-2060 is that it comes with a Gigabit port which allows you to do wired backhaul to your router provided you have already pulled LAN cable across your house or you’re planning to connect via Powerline.
Alternatively, you can also connect this port directly to your PC or laptop to serve as a wired connection, which would provide you a better Internet speed.
Note: If you are more of a technical person, you may read the technical datasheet about DRA-2060 here.
Unboxing DRA-2060 – What’s Inside
DRA-2060 comes with a 3 segment WiFi LED signal strength indicator. Below are the three statuses:
- Green = excellent WiFi signal from router
- Yellow = moderate WiFi signal from router
- Red = bad WiFi signal from router
You will notice that this device comes with “holes” as they are designed for thermal dissipation purposes. Networking gears can only perform at their best if they are in optimal temperature.
Here is the Gigabit port which is useful for doing wired backhaul.
Here is what you’ll get in the box:
- Quick Installation Card
- D-LINK Setup Guide
- Warranty Card
- Ethernet Cable
How To Install & Setup DRA-2060
Before we proceed with the installation, make sure to download the D-LINK WiFi app.
All setup and pairing is done via the app, depending on the situation, you may need to connect to your router for pairing process, so make sure to stay near your router when you are setting up.
Once it set it up properly, it will automatically reboot and you can place it anywhere you want to extend the WiFi.
Closing Thoughts: Excellent Coverage with Decent Speed
When we tested this device in a double-story house while pairing it with DIR-2660 AC2600 router, this was done on a UNIFI 300Mbps plan.
We are actually receiving ~190Mbps download and ~50Mbps upload throughout the house which is quite good considering we are on the second floor.
As expected, we find no WiFi dead zones within the vicinity.
If you want to customize your own mesh network experience, then D-LINK mesh series is a good choice.
It allows you to mix and match between routers and extenders so that you can create your own mesh network.