D-Link DGL-5500 Dual Band 802.11ac Gaming Router Available Now For $200

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2013 - 08:50 PM |
Tagged: wireless router, qualcomm, gigabit router, dual band, dgl-5500, D-Link, 802.11ac

Earlier this year, D-Link launched a new 802.11ac wireless router called the DGL-5500 that featured specialized Quality of Service (QoS) designed for gamers. The DGL-5500 is a black cylindrical piece of networking kit measuring 9.8” x 6.5” x 2.8”.

The D-Link DGL-5500 is comprised of a four port Gigabit Ethernet switch, dual band wireless access point supporting 802.11a/b/g/n/ac on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, Gigabit WAN port, a single USB 2.0 port for drive sharing, and D-Link’s custom firmware that provides routing, firewall, and QoS functionality. The QoS engine is powered by a Qualcomm developed technology called StreamBoost which optimizes traffic on both an application and device basis. The wireless router is further able to download application profiles from the Internet that are used to automatically configure the QoS' traffic shaping priorities for those apps.

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D-Link is rating the wireless throughput of the DGL-5500 router at 450 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867 Mbps on the 5GHz band. Please note that D-Link brands the router as AC1300 but in practice users will not see 1300mbps throughput (to a single device) as you cannot combine both bands. You can use both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for various devices on your network and get a sort-of total network throughput (between router and multiple devices on both bands), however, which is where the “AC1300” and various Gigabit wireless marketing terms come from (D-Link is not alone in using terms that add up the two bands, even though a single device can’t hit that throughput figure).

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The D-Link DGL-5500 is available now in the United States from D-Link and various retailers for a MSRP of $200. For example, Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct all have the 802.11ac router listed for $199.99 (although it is currently out of stock on Amazon).

Source: D-Link
August 6, 2013 | 09:45 PM - Posted by razor512

that is pretty overpriced, it should be ac1750 or higher.

netgear already offers a r6300 for less money.

For a new router, it should at least have USB 3.0, and a fast enough CPU to offer faster than 30MB/s file transfers to USB

It also has enough space for 8 ethernet ports, they should have gone with 8.

August 6, 2013 | 09:53 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah Netgear has some affordable 802.11ac gear :).

August 7, 2013 | 04:31 AM - Posted by eastbayrae

Did they just ripoff Apple's new MacPro?

August 7, 2013 | 08:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

actually the macbook pro ripped them off. D-Link has been shaping their routers like that for years

August 7, 2013 | 11:06 AM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

World's biggest ripoff right here. Did D-Link not realize Asus has had a better product at a lower price out for over a year now? I'm talking about the RT-AC66U.

August 7, 2013 | 02:02 PM - Posted by djGrrr

I guess that depends on how much you think the QoS on this product is worth, because at least currently, the QoS on the RT-AC66U is a complete joke in comparison to this router's QoS (you can't even use source port based QoS, let alone what this D-Link does, identifying the different streams). Even though I have a strong distaste for D-Link after my previous 2 D-Link products, I have to admit that the QoS on this router looks pretty amazing

August 8, 2013 | 07:16 AM - Posted by razor512

If you can get tomato installed, then you gain some really good QOS, and a bunch of other additional features.

August 7, 2013 | 10:35 PM - Posted by Freshie

It would be great if you all do a full review of this.

August 8, 2013 | 09:44 AM - Posted by fhmuffman (not verified)

I would like to see a comparison of at least 4 ac1750 routers that include transfer rates to laptops with USB dongles and USB attached storage. It is very frustrating that so many companies rush out with either USB 2 speed limitations or crippled USB 3 speeds. It is shameful this happened, but quote attributed to P.T. Barnum applies to the peopleofwalmart that don't know any better.

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