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D-Link Shipping Gaming Router with StreamBoost in August

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This router uses Qualcomm's StreamBoost technology to prioritize specific apps and games.

D-Link said that its upcoming gaming-focused network router, the DGL-5500, will begin shipping on August 1. Customers located in the States can pre-order the device now at for $199.99 USD.

The DGL-5500 is a dual-band router providing wireless speeds up to 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz band for Wireless AC devices, and up to 450 Gbps on the 5 GHz channel for Wireless N devices. The router is based on Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac technology, and features Qualcomm's StreamBoost engine which intelligently manages and shapes traffic, giving each device and application the priority and bandwidth required for optimal performance.

According to D-Link, out-of-the-box support includes Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, VUDU, BitTorrent, StarCraft II and more. In one diagram, the router crams streaming video into one lane, music into another lane, gaming into a third, and general applications like Facebook into a thinner fourth lane. Without StreamBoost, all data gets equal priority, thus causing lag and buffering.

"Unprecedented bandwidth allocation and control features create a harmonious network where applications no longer need to compete for bandwidth, and issues such as buffering video streams, glitchy voice chats and online game latency are minimized," the company said. "The intuitive StreamBoost interface is designed to allow users to view all computers, tablets, phones, and other connected devices on a home network, as well as the applications they are using and the real-time bandwidth usage of each."

The router includes crowd-sourced application profile creation, a cloud-based updating system to ensure that it is constantly up-to-date as new apps and games are released for optimized performance, advanced UPnP support, and four Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast wired gaming. Security features include WPS and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2). The router's overall size is 9.8 x 6.5 x 2.8 inches.

"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. “With Qualcomm StreamBoost technology, the new Gaming Router is designed to… help gamers do more and lag less."

To pre-order the upcoming Game Router, head over to Newegg here. The actual product page on D-Link's website can be accessed here.

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    battler624 , June 22, 2013 4:12 PM
    i'm fairly positive its VIVE and not VIVA otherwise my ISP made :p 
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    Onihikage , June 22, 2013 4:37 PM
    In before Apple sues D-Link.

    That is a pretty sexy router, though. Hopefully its internal components and software have been given the same attention as its chassis.
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    razor512 , June 22, 2013 4:40 PM

    $200 should give N450+ AC1300

    The QOS crap is software and is open source and has been available for years, and is always better on custom firmware such as tomato.

    Even worst it makes heavy use of cloud crap meaning when they decide to stop supporting it or kill the cloud crap, then your router suddenly loses much of it's functionality.
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    brucek2 , June 22, 2013 7:37 PM
    I guess maybe this'll be handy for larger households of uncooperative users, where it may keep one person's torrents from clogging up another's video. But ideally those are simply solved issues of just configuring your stuff so it wouldn't do that in the first place.

    Past that my experience is most issues happen outside the house, where neither this router nor any other will have any ability to fix them.
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    cphorn15 , June 22, 2013 10:19 PM
    Fairly positive that wireless n devices cant go 450 Gbps...
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    Someone Somewhere , June 23, 2013 1:45 AM
    Erm... This is QoS right? Which my current, ISP-supplied router has?

    It works out what type of traffic it is, and prioritises it, e.g. ensuring that VoIP traffic doesn't have to wait behind other stuff.

    How is this news?
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    vern72 , June 23, 2013 10:47 AM
    I wonder if this style of router comes with a stand because it doesnt look very sturdy to me.
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    Camikazi , June 23, 2013 3:01 PM
    Erm... This is QoS right? Which my current, ISP-supplied router has?

    It works out what type of traffic it is, and prioritises it, e.g. ensuring that VoIP traffic doesn't have to wait behind other stuff.

    How is this news?

    Two QoS systems are not always the same, different methods and algorithms tend to have very different results.