D-Link reveals Gaming Router

Network vendor reveals first 802.11ac-based routed specifically designed for gamers; intelligently appropriates bandwidth for connected devices.

Today during the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, network vendor D-Link announced a new router designed specifically for gamers. GameSpot sister site CNET reports that D-Link's new offering--called the Gaming Router (model DGL-5500)--is the first 802.11ac-based router built with gamers in mind.

The Gaming Router is the first on the market to support Qualcomm's new StreamBoost technology as well as the chipmaker's 802.11ac chip.

The StreamBoost technology allows the router to appropriate the required amount of Internet speed a connected device needs at a given time, instead of affording all attached devices the same amount of bandwidth.

With regard to design, D-Link's new Gaming Router is cylindrical. The device will be available by the end of spring 2013, with pricing information becoming available at a later date. For more on all things CES 2013, stay current with CNET's special event landing page.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

174 comments
TrollingMantis
TrollingMantis

Ok so I pulled this from some research I did on "STREAMBOOST".  It looks like its actually better than QoS, here you go:  "The "next big thing" is always right around the corner. Whether it's a new expansive MMO, a lightening paced competitive FPS, or a thought provoking RTS,  demands for limited bandwidth almost always cause interruptions in packet delivery and, ultimately,  a poor game session.  Streamboost automatically adjusts and controls internet bandwidth using a sophisticated Traffic Shaping engine. Much more then simple QoS, Traffic Shaping actually reserves segments of your internet bandwidth when the application is detected by the router. This means that the unused bandwidth is returned when the given application is quit.  Coupled with unique cloud based updating and crowd-sourced profile creation system, the DGL-5500 will always be ready for action. In short, this means that background applications like large file downloads, CloudStorage SYNC's, and system updates no longer have to be manually suspended for game or movie time. Room-mates will no longer suffer from a download causing untenable LAG in the gaming environment and online streaming is given the bandwidth it needs, all hassle and configuration free."

AshTrai
AshTrai

A WIRELESS router aimed at gamers? ahahahahah

This device is blatantly a cash-grab aimed at the ignorant. All this is, is a wireless router with pre-configured QoS set up. What happens 4 months after release when new games come out that all use different ports - the router doesnt know what is game traffic and what isn't unless it's told in the first place. Are u going to be patching this thing every week or what??

June-GS
June-GS

While it's true that wired obviously wins out performance-wise, the convenience that wireless provides is practically unbeatable. But regarding the router itself being "gamer-oriented", I'll believe it when I see the production line's benchmarks.

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

It kinda looks like a bottle of deodorant spray.

dragonsama
dragonsama

Unfortunately it's a D-Link product.  they are notorious for failing constantly.  hopfully Linksys will do one soon.

u1tradt
u1tradt

Frankly, I'm shocked that routers don't prioritise bandwidth already. It does explain a lot though.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

It should say "router" on the homepage, not "routed".

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

looks amazing, but they should port it to the rest of the world as well 

sev2010
sev2010

when you've got 256kb/s as a connection speed, you dont think about these shits, you jus need to get a M95 n kill irans' governments one by one, i'm an iranian btw, livin in a shit hole called iran

monster637
monster637

 a real gaming router would come with no wireless, as real gamers hardwire in

garrysempire
garrysempire

ANY router will do as long as you can keep your folks away from YouTube while you are on MP

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

If you know how to configure your router to prioritize gaming, you wont need this. 8-)

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Any router you buy is limited by your internet provider's speed for online connections.

Jebril
Jebril

My bet is it's gonna be overpriced for what you really getting, usually things aimed at the gamer market are written up for the hype factor. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

Looks nice, but I wouldn't want to think about the price. 

tachsniper
tachsniper

since 99% of games depend on UDP protocol these fancy routers are just like buying other useless "gaming" equipment, sure wave your E-peen at me, i'll still be pwning you and i paid a lot less for my gear.

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

my "Not-so-hardcore" router doesn't seem to hand over it's f@#$ so easily to this crap. Can't fathom how many people will start blabbing about how you need a "gaming router" to play games from now on. Q: "I can't log in into the server!1!" A:"It's probably your router, is yours a "normal router" or a "gaming router"?" Oh god i'll cry blood on the forums..

Tauu
Tauu

Perfect, this can go along with my gaming keyboard, gaming mouse and gaming headset to make me the most hardest of the hardcore gamer in town! Yeah!!

sweet_jcs
sweet_jcs

If it automatically forwards ports and port ranges then sign me up.

hickabickabooya
hickabickabooya

My pouter is about to bite the dust, this one looks to be a good replacement but I'll wait to read more about it later on in the year.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

I might keep my eye on this one, as my router has been trying to commit suicide on a daily basis for the past 6 months or so.

 

I mean, I tried to get it help, but it just wouldn't listen....

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Does it lower ping in games or anything?  Probably not, but if it does somehow have a meaningful impact on online gaming latency then I'm sold.

tgwolf
tgwolf

I don't need another router, but I am needing to know if there are going to be anymore console options since getting the taste of the good life with news of the alternatives coming has left me with renewed faith in our Capitalist society which is taking root in other countries the more they are educated and allowed to think for themselves and an ever-sharper thirst for options, GLORIOUS OPTIONS!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Nice will probably get one of these

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

Make it into the shape of a toilet and I might have a use for it that I don't have with my current "gaming" router.

calum1984
calum1984

What the point in having ac wireless in a router aimed obviously at console users when none of the consoles have 802.11ac :/

larkin-54
larkin-54

haha computer illiteracy has reached new heights 

u1tradt
u1tradt

 @sev2010 Don't feel too bad. Here in the UK most of the population outside of the few major cities are lucky to even get 256kb/s. This country lags well behind the majority of the world when it comes to internet speeds (among other things).

MarcusFeelius
MarcusFeelius

 @monster637 Wireless makes LAN parties fantastic, nothing worse than  bumping the table and having a cable pop out. If not for that hard wiring is more secure.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @monster637 Well even a 'real' gamer need to take there ipad to the bathroom to take a chit, you know what i mean. And dragging a cat 6 cable in there can be rough. 

tstcuwsn
tstcuwsn

 @monster637 Oh, excusseeeee me for not wanting to buy a 15m long lan cable.

 

But according to the CNET report,this thing has Wi-Fi

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @dr_jashugan Well that is what is nice about this - it does it automatically. 

And most routers do not allow you to setup priority or allocation.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @Xplode_77 well yeah - but what is important is what you do with it, and a router with alot of options is a plus.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @tachsniper My god your like a sad abc after school special character

But anyways - most people will not need a high end router - but those with more complicated demands DO benefit from routers that you can setup allocations. 

And the original news story is inaccurate streamboost is not new, d-link has had it out before as have other routers.

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @sweet_jcs if your that lazy, just set all your routers com ports to DMZ

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @2bitSmOkEy 90% of the latency comes from your ISP, 10% from your own Ethernet network.

 

a good router will always give you a stable latency when its under heavy load. It does not necessary needs to be gaming router. Most gaming routers in the market are just regular good routers loaded with special firmware.

 

GreenMage7
GreenMage7

 @calum1984 The next XBox and Omni are probably going to come out this year and they will support it. It also says for "gaming", not for consoles. There are other ways to game. You're likely typing from one.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @y3ivan  @2bitSmOkEy This router will in no way help with isp latency, and it will not lower your ping time either. It will not make you have a better chance of being host.

 

What it will do is better manage unique address traffic for multiple devices that require open nat or multiple nat open at a time. 

 

You ever get that hiccup while playing a fps or wow, a kinda stutter where you do not get logged off and no one else in the game felt it either. You notice it only happens when that friend/family is on the cpu clicking through screens of facebooks, music, ads, pics on facebook, not waiting for a screen to load before clicking on the next cute cat pic or imaginary girl of a facebook friend they swear they know. 

Well it will keep a steady allocation of bandwidth and packets with no loss upd  and not let random bandwidth usage spikes of upnp devices cause a router slowdown. 

 

And to simply answer your question - no it will not help with online gaming latency,

calum1984
calum1984

 @GreenMage7 Not to mention im pretty sure (although not certain) the 802.11ac hasn't even been standardised yet meaning none of the different brands are 100% the same (meaning potential compatibility issues like what we had with 802.11n whilst we waited for ages for it to be standardised)

calum1984
calum1984

 @GreenMage7 Pc owners are generally not computer illterate enough to fall for gimmicks like this. Im willing to bet I could setup any router to run equally as fast as this thing