A new 802.11ac router from D-Link promises lag-free gaming and smooth video streaming.
D-Link today announced a number of new networking products and services, none more interesting than the cylinder shaped "Gaming Router" with Qualcomm StreamBoost technology (DGL-5500). From the pictures we've seen, it looks like a miniature version of an SVS PC12/PC13 subwoofer, but it's really an 802.11ac wireless router with specialized QoS (Quality of Service) controls for uninterrupted gaming and smooth streaming video playback.
"The Gaming Router represents the ultimate in home network speed and control, offering the ability to fine-tune bandwidth to deliver the high-performance hungry gamers crave," said Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "Through the unique Qualcomm StreamBoost technology, this router intelligently optimizes a home network for the games you want when you want – making lag time, buffering and failed downloads a thing of the past. With the new Gaming Router, play against real opponents live, any time day or night, for unparalleled multi-player combat performance and first-person shooting experiences online."
Marketing hype aside, the D-Link Gaming Router features four "True Gigabit" ports, dual-band antennas (2.4GHz and 5GHz), a high-powered amplifier, and a collection of standard technologies like VPN pass through, UPnP support, WPS, and so forth.
The D-Link Gaming Router will be available in the Spring of 2013. No word yet on much it will cost.