Way back in January of this year, D-Link unveiled a cylinder shaped "Gaming Router" featuring Qualcomm StreamBoost technology (DGL-5500) with the promise of shipping it sometime in the spring. We're now heading towards the end of summer and are happy to report that if you've been patiently awaiting the retail release of this 802.11ac router, it's now available direct from D-Link and several other online retailers.
It carries an MSRP of $200 and can be purchased from D-Link, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Newegg, and GameStop. The dual-band router supports the emerging 802.11ac standard with rated speeds of up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz channel and up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz channel. D-Link markets the router as AC1300/1300Mbps, which is common for router makers to do, though be advised that you can't actually combine the two channels for a single super stream.
The built-in QoS controls with StreamBoost technology automatically gives gaming packet requests priority over all other types of traffic. Other features include four Gigabit LAN ports, a single USB 2.0 port, advanced UPnP support, a cloud-based updating system, and more.