Install and configure D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 router

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Install and configure D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 router
In this article we will explain how to install and configure D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 router, we will take as an example having a PPPoE internet connection using username and password but it should help also if we have a different type of connection as the menu is very intuitive.

D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 dual-band router is an elegant device, with 4 non-detachable antennas, it’s available only on black and it has the following ports/buttons:
-4 LAN 10/100/1000 ports;
-1 WAN port;
-2 USB ports (1×2.0 and 1×3.0);
-WPS button;
-wifi buttons;
-charging port;
-reset slot;

This router is shipped with a flat patch-cord cable (non-shielded) and with the charger. Here are the steps we need to follow to install and configure D-Link DIR-882 router:
1. Setup the internet service provider (ISP) device (if it exists) on bridge mode

This is the first step we need to make, we need to make sure the provider device is on bridge/modem mode. Most devices can be configured on this mode from it’s admin interface, however, if this is not possible, we need to contact ISP customer service to do this. This way, their device will work only as a modem/converter without providing other options (PPPoE, DHCP, etc.). If the connection is done using a username and password received from ISP, we need to make sure we have this info (if not, we can ask for them to customer service). If we have a direct cable, without any ISP devices, then we can skip this step.

2. Connect the D-Link DIR-882 router to the ISP device/cable;

Next step is to connect our router to the ISP device/cable (depending on the case). If we have an ISP modem/fiber optic converter, we need to connect the UTP cable in ISP device LAN port (usually, we need to connect it on the 1st port) and the other end of the cable in the D-Link WAN port. After this is done and ISP confirmed their device is on bridge/modem mode, we should reboot both devices. The router LEDs should be green, except Internet which will remain red/amber until we configure it.

3. Configure D-Link DIR882 router

Now we need to follow the initial configuration steps. We can do this on a PC (if we have a computer plugged in the router) or we can do it wireless by using a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). We will explain both ways the router can be configured.

Install and configure D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 router on a PC

Having a PC connected via cable to one of the router’s LAN ports, we need to do the following:

  • Access the admin interface using IP address 192.168.0.1 or routerdlink.local
  • Choose language (it’s English by default) – Next – we don’t need to input anything for password – NextNextFinish
  • Initial configuration is done on Dynamic mode so to configure PPPoE we need to select SettingsInternetMy Internet Connection is: PPPoE – here we need to input the username and password we received from ISP – Save
  • On the Home tab we should have the Internet Connected status message and a greed light, below both Cable Status and Internet Status should be Connected; also, Internet LED should be green on the router at this moment

Install and configure D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 router on a mobile device

Configuring this router on a mobile should be as simple as on a computer, by following these steps:

  • Install D-Link Wi-fi app from Play Market or Apple Store and open it
  • Disable mobile data, enable wifi and connect to D-Link 96B wireless network (we’ll have a message on the app which will guide us to do so), the wifi network password is written on the connect instructions we received with the router, then we open again D-Link app
  • Scan the QR code we have on the instructions – NextNextNext
  • Input username and password we received from ISP – NextNext – choose a password for admin interface – Save
  • Router will reboot, this process will take around a minute – Ok – we will have a confirmation message regarding the successful configuration and Internet Connected status

D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 speed test

Below we have a few speed tests done while having a maximum 300 Mbps download / 150 Mbps upload internet subscription, the tests were done on PC on the providers page and on the mobile device on Speedtest, having 3 devices connected to wifi network and router was configured on wifi transmission mode high.

D-Link DIR-882 Digi Fiberhome
PC (LAN)- i5/16GB RAM/SSD 297 dw / 175 up 280  dw / 156.7 up
Xiaomi Redmi 9T Pro (right next to the device) 2.4GHz: 70.3 dw / 61.5 up
5GHz: 292 dw / 195 up
2.4GHz: 56.4 dw / 32.3 up
Xiaomi Redmi 9T Pro (next room, aproximately 10m away) 2.4GHz: 74.9 dw / 36.9 up
5GHz: 187 dw / 182 up
2.4GHz: 22.2 dw / 29.4 up

As you can see above, 5GHz frequency speed is very good, especially next to the device, however 2.4GHz frequency speed is low.
Accoring to speedtests done by other users, on 5GHz for a maximum 1000 Mbps download subscription, we can expect to have around 500-600 Mbps download speed.

How to change password / wifi settings on D-Link DIR-882

To change the wireless password, wireless network name (SSID) or any other options, we need to access SettingsWirelessWi-fi – here we have several options as follows:

  • change wireless network name or password, we can apply changes separately for 2.4GHz and 5GHz if Smart Connect is disabled;
  • Smart Connect is a feature enabled by default (you can disable it on this menu) which creates a single wireless network for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz; Using this feature, the router automatically determines if it should connect on 2.4GHz network or on 5GHz, depending on the distance and bandwidth, optimizing the distribution of devices to wifi networks;
  • If Smart Connect is disabled, we can manually configure separately 2.4 and 5GHz networks (SSID name, password, 802.11 mode, security mode, wireless network transmission power (low, medium, high), used channel and other); here we can also disable 5GHz network, so we will use only 2.4GHz;
  • Enable/disable Wifi Protected Setup (WPS);
  • Guest Wifi – using this option we can enable wireless networks for guests, so your guests will have access only to the Internet, without being able to reach devices from the local networks, providing security to our network;

Configure port forwarding D-Link DIR-882 AC2600

To configure port forwarding on this router, we need to follow these steps:

  1. Access FeaturesPort ForwardingAdd Rule and input the following options:

Name: rule name
Local IP: the local IP for which we want to open the port (we can select it from the drop-down list, as we can see all the devices connected to our network)
TCP Port
UDP Port
Schedule: Always enable
Apply

2. If the purpose of port forwarding is to access a device remotely (from outside our network) then we need to also configure a virtual server in FeaturesVirtual ServerAdd rule

Name: virtual server’s name
Local IP
Protocol: TCP/UDP/Both/Other, depending on our requirements, for example if we want to access a device remotely we need to select TCP
External port: Choose the external port we will use, it’s preferable to use a high port, over 1024, for example 8088
Internal port: Choose the internal port we will use, if we need RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) we choose 3389, for SSH we choose 22, Telnet 23, etc.
Schedule: Always enable

3. If we want to access a device remotely, we also need to configure Dynamic DNS (DDNS) if we don’t have a static IP. D-Link has it’s own DDNS service, however this will still work only until July 2nd. However, D-Link and Oracle offer 50% off to Oracle+ DynDNS service enabled for a year, details can be found by accesing dlinkddns.com. You can also use other DDNS services, a free one or one used by your provider (if exists).

4. Last step is to test the connection, giving the example above if we want to connect remotely to our home PC by using RDP, 8088 external port and DDNS subdomain MyPC2020.go.com then we need to use MyPC2020.go.com:8088

Install and configure D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 router

USB Sharing D-Link DIR-882

Using USB Sharing we can connect external drives (USB, external HDD, etc.) to the router, as we have 2 USB ports (one 2.0 and one 3.0). On router settings we select FeaturesUSB Sharing and the following options are enabled by default:

  • DLNA Media Server;
  • Windows File Sharing (SAMBA);
  • FTP Server;

Configure and connect quick VPN on D-Link DIR-882 

D-Link DIR-882 offers the possibility of connecting to the internet securely by using the built-in L2TP over IPSec server. Here are the steps we need to follow for this:

  1. Make sure L2TP over IPSec is enabled on the router: Features – Quick VPN – Enabled – choose credentials we will use to connect:
    username
    password
    PSK
  2. After L2TP router server is fine, we need to configure the connection we will use to connect via L2TP by using these steps (steps are for Windows 10 but there are no major differences on older Windows versions): Start – Control Panel – Network & Internet -Network & Sharing Center – Setup a new connection or network – Connect to a workplace – Use my internet connection (VPN):
    Internet address: here we need to type the public IP our router uses, we can find it on router’s main admin page, IP address (Important! Our public IP may change periodically or after we reboot the device, if we previously configured DDNS, we can use the subdomain so we will not have to update public IP each time it changes)
    Destination name: Connection name, for example L2TP over IPSec
    Check Remember my credentials
    Create

After L2TP connection is created, we need to reach again Network & Sharing Center – Change adapter settings – right click on the connection name we created – Properties – Security
Type of VPN: Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol with IPSec (L2TP/IPSec) – Advanced Settings – check User preshared key for authentication: here we type the PSK we chose on router admin interface – Ok – Ok – now we can connect using the username and password we previously configured on Quick VPN section. After the connection is done, we will be able to use the internet more secure at layer 2.

L2TP is more secure than PPTP, it prevents changing packets (ensures data integrity) and offers encryption during the authentication process. By using UDP, it’s fast regarding encapsulating packets. However, encryption and data integrity assurance reduces internet speed, this is the main disadvantage when using secure connections.

Prioritize internet traffic for connected clients – D-Link DIR-882

This D-Link router model has QoS Shaping feature so we can prioritize the internet traffic for each connected device. For example, if we have 2 connected workstations, one station is used for download and the other for Netflix, if we want to prioritize Netflix traffic, we just need to drag and drop that device on Highest section and that device will have highest priority.

We have the following 3 options available to prioritize traffic:

  • Highest
  • High
  • Medium

Security and additional settings on D-Link DIR-882

We can configure the following additional and security options on this router model:

  • Firewall (firewall rules, DMZ, SPI IPv4, Anti-Spoof, IPv6 Simple Security, IPv6 Ingress Filtering); Important! Enabling options such as SPI, Anti-Spoof or IPv6 Ingress Filtering may reduce internet bandwidth;
  • Website Filtering (we can configure rules to allow or block access to certain websites);

Enable UPnP D-LInk DIR-882
UPnP is enabled by default however, if we want to make sure it’s enabled, we can do that in Network – Advanced Settings

Management D-Link DIR-882

On Management section, we have several configurable options to manage the router, such as:

  • Time & Schedule; here we can set time zone, daytime savings, configure NTP server (we can use D-Link NTP server or another one);
  • System Log; here we can analyse router’s system logs, we can also receive notifications on e-mail, a pretty cool option;
  • System Admin – change admin password, enable/disable HTTPS, enable/disable remote management (enabling remote management we can access the router remotely without the need of port forwarding but we need DDNS if we don’t have a static IP, we use the subdomain and port we want (by default we have port 8081) – if we choose to enable this option, it’s preferable to enable HTTPS to avoid security breaches);
  • User Device;
  • Upgrade;
  • Statistics;

The install and configure instructions above apply also for other models such as D-Link DIR-878L, DIR-867 or DIR-842.

IPv6 on D-Link DIR-882

Firmware version 1.11 has DHCP-PD issues while trying to use IPv6 so it will not work, however upgrading it to 1.2 will solve this problem.

Upgrade firmware D-Link DIR-882

Most of these devices have 1.11 firmware versions, however there are updates available to 1.20 and 1.30. To upgrade the device, we need to access Management – Upgrade -Check for new firmware – Upgrade – if we have an error when update starts, we need to make sure our antivirus/firewall is inactiv (for example, Bitdefender blocks connection needed for upgrade).

After the update is completed, internet will be disconnected and we need to do again the basic config. At the end of the installation wizard (when we upgrade from 1.11 to 1.20) we will have a new option for automatic upgrade, if we want we can check it and it will perform automatically the upgrade in the future.

Install and configure D-Link DIR-882 AC2600 router
In conclusion, D-Link DIR-882 is an AC2600 dual-band router (800 Mbps 2.4GHz + 1733 Mbps 5GHz), dual-core, and has a very good price for what it can do (it costs around 80 euros, depending where you find it), it has a minus on 2.4GHz speed but a big plus on 5GHz.

Here are a few pluses and minuses for using D-Link DIR-882:

  • very good 5GHz speed;
  • admin interface menu is intuitive and options are easy to configure, even for normal users with limited networking knowledge;
  • additional security by using L2TP over VPN;
  • traffic shaping can be done very easily;
  • low speed on 2.4GHz, even close to the router;
  • apply every change on the admin interface takes minimum 25 seconds;

If you have any issues while using D-Link DIR-882 router, please leave a comment below and we will try to support.

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