The 802.11ac technology, the latest incarnation of the Wi-Fi specification, has dragged the maximum performance of dual-band Wi-Fi routers from around 750 Mbps to 1300 Mbps.D-Link has once again shown this, by creating the D-Link Gaming Router with Qualcomm StreamBoost technology (DGL-5500).
Qualcomm StreamBoost technology manages and shapes traffic in an intelligent manner, giving each device and application the priority and bandwidth required for optimal performance.
That's quite important, as there are quite a few simultaneous web and LAN links that can be established over a single band alone, yet the newcomer has two.
That is to say the Gaming Router communicates at 850 Mbps over the 802.11ac band, and 450 over 802.11n.
Then, there's the cloud-based application profiling to consider (constantly updates the Gaming Router as new apps and games come out).
Furthermore, the newcomer has 4 Gigabit LAN ports and has a WPS Push Button that easily sets everything up.
"Whether streaming video on a tablet, downloading content from iTunes or playing the latest online first person shooter, today's connected home requires smarter management of the Internet traffic," said Michael Cubbage, director of business development for Qualcomm Atheros' wireless and wired infrastructure networking business unit.
"With D-Link's new router, users are able to enjoy multiple Internet applications across a variety of devices without issues such as lagging or frozen video. StreamBoost is designed to bring intelligent, fast and easy-to-use networking to the connected home and, as featured in D-Link's Gaming Router, the best possible experience for every user on the home network."
D-Link is accepting pre-orders for the Gaming Router (DGL-5500). The price is of $199.99 / €145 – 199. Requests can be submitted through newegg.com or on the D-Link shop.
"The Gaming Router represents the ultimate in high-performance connectivity to give power users the ability and control they need to do what they love online without the concern or interruption of buffering and lag," said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc.