CNET First Look
D-Link's DGL-5500 gaming router: not a game changer.CNET editor Dong Ngo offers proof that what happens in Vegas might actually stays in Vegas for real, with the D-Link DGL-5500 gaming router.
Hi, guys. Dong Ngo here at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. The only place where I can drink and report at the same time. All right, that's enough. Hi, guys. Dong Ngo here and I will be speaking very professionally at CES 2013 in Vegas about how great this D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router would be. You know, they say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and after some 8 months now, the only thing remained the same is my show, the rest had changed. For example, the bottle is empty now. It's been empty for a while. And the new router here is not exactly as good as it was cracked up to be, at least for now. Now, this is the 3rd 802.11 ac or AC for short router from D-Link and it's very different from the previous two. A couple of reasons; Number one, it uses only the second tee of the AC standard offering up to 867 megabit per second and not 1.3 gigabit per second. And secondly, it comes with a very special feature called Stream Boost. Now, Stream Boost automatically tailors your internet bandwidth for your need. Now, this one is a gigabit router with 4 gigabit LAN ports on the back here to connect to the [unk] and 1 gigabit LAN port to connect to an internet source. It also has used to be 2-panel port here to host one peripheral device. Now, in my testing, the router worked well, though not impressively well. It comes with a new WAP interface that's robust but quite different from the interface of previous dealing routers. This mean dealing fan would have some [unk] to deal with. Using the new interface, you can quickly view the entire network which is very cool. Even manually move the connected [unk] on the party list. Now, the Stream Boost feature actually worked very well in a nutshell. It automatically gives all of your devices and application the bandwidth they need at any given time. On top of that, [unk] application such as video chatting or online gaming take the highest priority, video streaming takes the medium priority and not so important application such and downloading takes the lowest priority. Now, unfortunately, this router doesn't give you everything you'd expect from a high-end router. For example, it does not give you the support for dynamic DNS service and does mean you cannot remotely manage to a network through the internet and it's very hard to set up a customized server in your network such as a TeamSpeak server for your gaming and it does not support the mydlink Cloud service either. D-Link told me that dynamic DNS will be added in the next firmware upgrade, which is great but that's a future. For now, the router here is good but it's not quite good not to justify its very expensive price of $200. For more on the router, check out my full review at CNET.com. If you're wondering what else also happen and stay in Vegas next time I go there, well, let me tell you this. I intend to keep CNET TV PG-13. For X-rated content and more, you have to follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus. You will not be disappointed. That's because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the first look of the D-Link DGL-5500 Gaming Router.