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D-Link Wireless AC Gaming Router - 1300Mbps, Dual-Band, Gigabit, StreamBoost traffic shaping (DGL-5500)

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  • Stream Boost
  • sophisticated traffic shaping engine intelligently manages your Internet connection
  • Gigabit Ethernet: Four ports of Gigabit Ethernet for lightning LAN throughput
  • Stream Boost - sophisticated traffic shaping engine intelligently manages your Internet connection
  • Gigabit Ethernet: Four ports of Gigabit Ethernet for lightning LAN throughput
  • Wireless AC1300 : Offering dual-band speeds of up to 450Mbps (2.4GHz) and 867Mbps (5.0GHz)
  • Backward compatible with 802.11n
  • Setup Wizard for quick and easy configuration
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Product Description

Product Description

D-link DGL-5500 Wireless Router - IEEE 802.11ac DGL-5500 Routers & Gateways - Wireless

From the Manufacturer

D-Link's Gaming Router (DGL-5500) with Qualcomm Stream Boost traffic shaping technology dynamically manages bandwidth to automatically give all applications the bandwidth they need for the optimal online experience. Cloud-based service keeps your Gaming Router up-to-date as new apps and games are released, ensuring optimal performance. Stream Boost is more than QoS- it's device and app aware traffic shaping that is constantly evolving as new apps and games are released. Designed with Wireless AC1300 and Gigabit ports, all your devices will have lightning fast network throughput and wireless coverage for your whole home. Don't let your games go hungry. Feed the game.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.8 x 7.5 inches ; 15.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00DDK1QUC
  • Item model number: DGL-5500
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 16, 2013

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

What's good: - This is very good, with dual band (2.4 and 5.0 ghz) and 5 gz AC networking.
Joseph
The usually spartan and industrial looking config screens are very streamlined making everything from basic admin configuration to port configuration easier.
R. Garrelts
I don't miss the advanced setup of QOS controls as this one seems to be handling the traffic priorities just fine.
Nathan Risto

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ammy_Evaluator TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 26, 2013
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I simply could not get excited about this router.

This is classified as a gaming router - and one might rightfully assume that it should have blow-your-socks-off functionality - especially at the steep price premium.

Instead, what you get is a watered-down DIR-868L with a traffic shaping feature called Streamboost.

How does it compare to the DIR-868L?
-- lower 5GHz AC bandwidth rating - 867Mbps vs 1300Mbps
-- No SmartBeam
-- no Dynamic DNS support
-- no guest networks on either band
-- no USB 3.0 port
-- not a cloud router (mobile app-based router management)

The real question therefore is whether Streamboost is worth the premium paid. And that is where I will focus this review.

What is Streamboost?
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Streamboost is powered by Qualcomm Atheros' VIVE 802.11AC chip, and is supposed to be QoS (Quality of Service) on steroids.

When devices begin to clamor for network access, a router must determine how to prioritize this traffic and how to assign slices of the bandwidth pie. A "normal" router punts on this by assigning equal priority and equal bandwidth slices to each client. This is fine when the slices are large enough to meet the needs of each client device. However, as the number of clients increases, the slices that go to each client get smaller and smaller, until at some point the client application is unable to get a large enough slice to meet its needs.

The problem here is that the router is unable to consider the characteristics of a client's needs when deciding on the priority and slice size assigned to each client.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jorge J. Coelho VINE VOICE on August 22, 2013
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We have a two story home and while our existing D-Link Wireless N+300 Mbps Extreme-N Gigabit Router (DIR-655) provides great speeds, but we have notice reduced speeds on the 2nd floor in the opposite corner of the house. We have the house wired with Ethernet, so I picked up this router to open a secondary wireless spot on the 2nd floor and increase speeds.

PROS
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+ Compact design. Many of the D-link routers now feature the tower design, which is more stable than some of the older routers that tend to fall when you start plugging in ethernet cables.
+ Easy setup. I love the fact that D-link didn't even include a CD. Software is outdated almost as soon as its packaged and I prefer the browser configuration.
+ Gigabit ethernet ports. This is a must at this point if you are purchasing a router, but this will ensure that your wired devices are getting the best throughput possible on your internal network.
+ Dual band. If you are worried about interference from devices like portable phones you can't go wrong with a dual band (2.4 gHZ and 5 gHZ).
+ StreamBoost. This is the big differentiator from the mainstream routers. Read the "What is StreamBoost?" if you are interested in why this matters. I actually ran some tests and saw this kicking in as my web traffic download/upload speeds were throttled as I had other connected devices (iPads) streaming video. When I ran the same tests on our current router I had faster upload/download speeds surfing the web, but my videos kept buffering on the iPads.
+ Web dashboard.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Stevens on January 13, 2014
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I was having NAT issues with having 4 Xbox Consoles in one house. This fixed the problem.
Their is also one update already out so go ahead and update to the latest Firmware before you put too much time in.
However either firmware works without NAT issues.
I have about 16 different things connected to this unit hardwired through switches. Security cameras, TV's, desktop computers, Xboxes, etc. plus IPods, phones etc. wirelessly.
I really like it. I would buy another one right now if I needed it.
Also support by phone is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day. I contacted them and it went pretty well.
I never leave feedback but it is difficult finding routers that can handle multiple XBox consoles.
So here you go. This one works like a champ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nitrousbird on November 13, 2014
Avoid this router.

I purchased it to replace an aging router I was using as a wired access point that was giving me some problems (and wasn't AC). This was a good deal and I was interested in the Streamboost. I was using a D-Link DIR-850L as my router, which I then moved to be my wired wireless access point (my house doesn't get good coverage with a single router).

My use:
I have 9 hardwired devices in my home (also use a 4-port gigabit switch) and about 11 wireless devices. I am a heavy LAN user, as I have a HD Homerun Prime running a cable card to a WMC 8.1 and using a Xbox 360 as an extender, which is heavy on the local bandwidth. I also do a lot of DLNA and some backups to my NAS. Internet wise, 15/1 Time Warner HSD, do a lot of streaming (Netflix/Prime/HBO Go) + heavy downloading and your normal browser stuff. As you may notice, I did not mention gaming and yes I bought a "gaming" router to not game on it.

THE ISSUE:
Router worked great for about 3 weeks. Streamboost worked - I could see it adjusting bandwidth when my wife logged into work (virtual desktop). No QoS issues at all, though it totally sucks that you can't do any manual QoS settings with this router...that alone is worth a 1 star deduction. Can't really comment on the wireless range as most of my really active wireless connections are on the other wired access point, but I never had any range issues with this that I noticed.

After 3 weeks, all of a sudden I had extremely bad ping times, dropped packets and couldn't surf, but LAN traffic was unaffected. Turned off Streamboost and the problem immediately went away. Turned it back on and the problem came back immediately. Obviously that was the issue.
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November 17, 2014
We want to thank you for the review as we greatly value the input and we are sorry to hear that you dissatisfied with the DGL-5500. Please note that based on your review, we would like for you to click on the link below and fill out the detailed form. By providing us with the necessary information, one of our specialists will contact you directly and assist you in resolving the problems you are encountering.

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