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Item#: N82E16833127525
D-Link Wireless AC Gaming Router - 1300Mbps, Dual-Band, Gigabit, StreamBoost traffic shaping (DGL-5500)
  • StreamBoost - sophisticated traffic shaping engine intelligently manages your Internet connection
  • Wireless AC1300
  • App and device aware for optimal user experience
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • $174.99
  • $129.99
  • Save: $45.00 (26%)
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Pros:

- This router is extremely well put together. It’s made out of a hard composite / plastic material that has a polished finish. Like anything using this material, it displays fingerprints because it lacks an oleophobic coating. Its cylinder like design is well thought out leaving a very small footprint on my desk. Integrated wireless antennas are an extreme plus to me; they prevent cords from becoming tangled and are less likely to be damaged. Properly labeled connections on the back of the router make it easy to figure out what plugs into where. The router has an overall heft to it which lets you know it’s a well-built quality product.

- The router’s quality is compounded by its unusual, and I think, pleasing looks. Certainly, the unknowing would likely not suspect such an imposing little structure to be a router.

- The LEDs are subtle, but still very visible and informative.

- Probably the most important thing I look for in modern routers is ease of setup. These are devices commonly bought by people with little to no tech knowledge, and should be made as easy to setup as possible. This router accomplishes that very well. The setup is almost entirely automated, it detects whether your IP is static or dynamic, prompts you for an admin password and WiFi password, and then you’re good to go (as long as you follow the setup directions!).

- The web interface of this router is amazing. It’s one of the most interactive, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing designs I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. It allows you to see real time statistics in well-organized graphs as well as being able to see all active devices that are currently connected to the local network. It also allows you to view the bandwidth usage of each connected device in real time. It allows up to 24 separate rules to be applied to the firewall (more than I’ve ever seen on a home use router and certainly enough for that). Logging into the router presents you with a reminder of where D-Link stands on security as it requires not only the standard username / password, but also a captcha. The maintenance tab of the web interface allows you to check the firmware version of your router, and update it automatically, again, ease of use and simplicity are important.

- The Streamboost feature actually works. I’ve seen marked increases in download speeds as well as reduced latency in many online games. The improvements were up to of 20% more often than not. It’s able to understand which application is in need of the most bandwidth and prioritizes accordingly. (This could have been due to the router I compared it to, but my net speed doesn’t approach either router’s theoretical max speed.)

- The wireless range is extremely impressive. In my tests the range was in excess of 100ft for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

- The rear USB port is a useful feature for networking a storage device easily. There is no mention of printer support however.

Cons:

- The rear USB port is not USB 3.0, pretty much unacceptable considering the price of this router.

- The statistics panel in the web interface tends to randomly reset on occasion, making retroactive bandwidth monitoring a difficult, if not impossible task. The navigation bar “sliding effects” tend to get stuck in Firefox leaving the navigation bar sometimes unusable without restarting the browser.

- Even though I’m a fan of the router’s design, it does have its faults; mainly the base being too small. A few stiff unruly cables and your router will start to look like the leaning tower.

- Price, it is certainly not a cheap router, but it is a quality product.

Other Thoughts:

- As with any item I test, I ask that it work correctly to the point where I don’t even notice its presence, this router succeeded to that end, a month of use and it never went wrong and never required my intervention, it has simply worked since the day I set it up.

- The power LED and “World” LED on the front look as if they’re physical buttons, however they’re just indicator lights. It seems silly to me that this router should look so different, but then just go with the old boring (and I’ve always thought, irritating) habit of putting the buttons on the back of the router.

- I think this is a very good router, well built, nice to look at, with some very impressive features, I would however not recommend it for typical family home usage because many of its features (which contribute to its high price) are just simply not aimed at that demographic. The target demographic for this router to me is hardcore gamers and people who for whatever reason need a home router this powerful. Basically, I just think that most people shopping for routers can probably find something better to suit their needs, but if this router is what suits your needs, don’t hesitate to buy it.

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