The D-Link AC5300 features a rather attractive pyramid-shaped, cherry-red design. However, at 5.8 by 16.4 by 10.3 inches, this features a pretty big footprint compared to the routers most folks will be used to. Around the pyramid are eight removable, adjustable external antennas and a strip of LED indicators down the peak for Power, 2.4GHz and 5GHz band activity, USB activity, and Internet connectivity. The rear of the router sees four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a WAN port, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, Power and WPS buttons, and a button that switches between router and extender mode.
Inside are three radio bands and D-Link boasts the user will see data rates of up to 5,332Mbps (1,000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, and 2,166Mbps on each of the two 5GHz bands) and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor. This is a 4X4 router, which means it uses four independent streams to deliver data, and it offers all of the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, including MU-MIMO simultaneous streaming, beamforming (signal steering), and Smart Connect (automatic band switching). The AC5300 also supports DD-WRT Open Source, a Linux-based firmware that offers custom settings that allow you to tweak the router for optimal performance. The AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router delivers premium performance for today’s most demanding tasks: HD streaming, gaming, and multiple device usage.
You can grab the D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router from Amazon here, for around £310.