The D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router is designed for the most demanding tasks such as gaming, multiple device connections, and 4K video streaming. It has tri-band Wi-Fi technology with combined wireless speeds of up to 5,332Mbps and not only that, it also looks like something that you only see in movies.
Lucky us we’ve been fortunate to have a chance to play with this futuristic looking router and see if this is really the Ultimate Router for HD Streaming and Gaming as D-Link claims it to be.
This D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router comes in a huge box, once opened, the router is well protected together with the antenna and accessories. So what’s inside the box?
• Wireless AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router
• 8 pcs. of antenna
• Quick Installation Guide3
• Power Adapter
• Ethernet Cable
• Wi-Fi Configuration Card
The D-Link AC5300 comes Smart Connect Technology, a 1.4GHz processor and 8 antennas for maximum coverage, with up to 5300 Mbps Data Throughput hence the name AC5300. With a price tag Php20,000 or more depending on where you are going to buy it, you can check Gilmore Computer Center they got the lowest price for this product.
D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router Specifications
802.11 a/g/n/ac wireless LAN
Four 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN Ports
Tri-Band (one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz bands)
10/100/1000 Gigabit WAN Port
Two USB Ports (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0)
Dual active firewall
DLNA media server support
Quick VPN – L2TP over IPsec
WPA & WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) PIN/PBC
10.34 x 16.43 x 5.89 inches
Under the hood, this router has 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 256 MB RAM. With eight (8) spiky looking antennas. For connectivity, it has USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port for shared media storage and printer sharing, four (4) Gigabit LAN and one (1) WAN port combo.
For wireless connection, it supports Tri-Band Wireless (one 2.4 GHz and two 5 GHz bands), 802.11 a/g/n/ac wireless LAN now that’s a complete range of wireless compatibility. While for security it supports WPA & WPA2 wireless encryption, and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to securely adds devices to your network easily by simply pushing a button.
Setup and Configuration
The first thing to do is attached the eight (8) spiky looking antennas, the small 6 antennas are identical and it goes to both sides of the D-Link AC5300 while the 2 large antenna goes to the back of the router.
Why so many antennas you might ask? Well, it’s designed to support MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output) technologies that allow multiple devices to get high-bandwidth Wi-Fi signal at the same time. So you can stream HD media much faster and play lag-free gaming. Compared to SU-MIMO (Single-User Multiple Input Multiple Output) technologies, MU-MIMO distributes data more efficiently, giving you the fastest Wi-Fi speeds.
Configuring the D-Link AC5300 is not that hard, once the router is plugged in power outlet and the internet connection at the WAN port, you can now access it web admin using any browser you have (the security details is on the label can be found on the inner packaging as together with included Wi-Fi configuration card).
The interface of D-Link management console looks clean and simple, there are four (4) tabs which are Home, Settings, Features and Management with sub-menus for more detailed information features.
D-Link has a very simple interface that allows the router to be customized, such set priority traffic, ban MAC address and a lot more, renaming the default AP network name is also easy. There’s also parental controls that can be used to block traffic to children devices in order for them now to accidentally any porn and other not children friendly websites.
D-Link AC5300 is capable of delivering speeds up to 1,000 Mbps using 2.4Ghz band and around 2,000 Mbps using the 5.0Ghz band. But it will also depend on the devices you will you to connect if you are using the latest PC model and Laptops with Intel Core i5 and core i7 processor you will definitely get to enjoy this blazing speeds on your network.
In terms of internet connection, again it will still depend on the bandwidth where it is connected, this router is capable of 10/100/1000 Gigabit connection, this means if you have the new Fibr connection with up to 50 Mbps speed which is POWER PLUS PLAN 3500 in PLDT, for sure you will enjoy using this router.
This router performs like a beast, we connected it to SkyBroadband with 16Mbps with SKY On Demand access and every device connected to it are getting an average of 10mBps connection which is great not only for browsing the web but also streaming videos using iflix, Netflix and YouTube. We tested 20 PC connected via wireless on this router and played Warcraft and NBA games and sure enough, gamers did not experience any connection drop during the playtime.
For the WiFi coverage, using it on a 100 square meter place is not a problem with this router and did not experience dropped signal, the WiFi signal is strong though out the place even at the 2nd and 3rd floor. Overall we are impressed with the performance of the AC5300, too bad we don’t have a very fast internet connection to get its max speed for testing but still, this router is best for an establishment that offers gaming and video streaming services.
Value and Price
The D-Link AC5300 is not your ordinary router its a monster router that supports fast connection many more features and with that, it comes with a bit high price tag, the lowest price we can find PHP 20,400 at PC Gilmore Computer Center. Given its features, this router is not for home and small offices. However, it is ideal for i-cafe’s that offers gaming, video editing, and streaming services.
This router is awesome to have if you want to experience lag-free wireless connection and want a speedy connection. It’s solid in terms of wireless performance especially if you have a fast internet connection, its great for gamers who wants a lag-free gaming experience and those who love to stream 4k Videos. The not so great about this router is the high price tag, but serious gamers for sure won’t mind the price if they want fast and lag-free gaming.