That D-Link is capable of making excellent routers, was reaffirmed in our review of the DIR-645. The speeds that this uniquely-shaped router achieved on the 2.4 GHz band were remarkably high and stable. With the new DIR-857 D-Link wants to take it to yet another level.
You can view the DIR-857 as the successor to the DIR-855, even if it looks quite different. The DIR-857 has the same design as the DIR-657 which means it no longer has a display like the DIR-855. In our opinion it's a step in the right direction, it was high time for an update.
The DIR-857 is not cheap. At the time of writing it's available for an average price of £155, positioning it in the upper part of the consumer segment. The price was even higher just a few weeks ago, so it's clear the invisible hand of the market is playing a role. Still, it's more expensive than the ASUS RT-N66U (about £142) but more affordable than the Netgear WNDR4500, two of the current leading routers.
How the router performs in our tests you can read further down. First we'll have a look at the hardware inside the router, because it's certainly worth mentioning.