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Gaming Router AC1300 with StreamBoost™ Technology



You are a gamer. A streamer. A competitor. A watcher. A consumer. You are all these things and more. Connect with something powerful enough to keep up with you. D-Link’s Gaming Router features powerful traffic shaping technology that gives you real-time control over your bandwidth so that – whatever you’re into – you can do more and lag less.



We’ve all experienced it: gaming, interrupted. Room mates streaming movies, family members downloading large files, significant others using Skype or Facetime — this is your bandwidth! The lifeblood of your gaming experience! Protect it while ensuring that everyone else in your home gets the best possible online experiences with D-Link’s Gaming Router with StreamBoost.

QoS has been promising to solve the problem of multiple, simultaneous web users for years, without ever fully delivering. So when we got our hands on StreamBoost we were as skeptical as you likely are. Until we experienced the performance. StreamBoost isn’t QoS — it’s something much more powerful. A sophisticated Traffic Shaping engine intelligently manages bandwidth in ways traditional QoS engines can’t touch. And because it is both app-aware and device-aware, you can be confident that the indignity and inconvenience of lag has become a thing of the past.


The next big thing is always around the corner. And whether it’s an expansive MMO, a competitive FPS, or the newest RTS, the demands made on your limited bandwidth often create interruptions in packet delivery and a poor gaming session. StreamBoost automatically adjusts and controls Internet bandwidth using a sophisticated Traffic Shaping engine. Much more than a simple QoS, Traffic Shaping actually reserves segments of your Internet bandwidth when the application is detected by the router. With a unique cloud-based updating and crowd-sourced profile creation system, the Gaming Router is always evolving to offer the best experiences for the newest apps, games and devices. Background applications like large file downloads, Cloud Storage SYNCs, and system updates no longer have to be suspended for game or movie time. What does this mean? Happy gamers. Happy roommates. And the best online experience you’ve ever had. 


  • Dynamically manage bandwidth with sophisticated Traffic Shaping engine
  • Drag and drop apps and devices in an easy-to-use UI to ensure the best possible user experinces
  • Crowd-sourced profile creation and cloud-based updating system means the Gaming Router evolves over time

 GameStream Header - DGL-5500


Optimized for NVIDIA GameStream™

Your router is about to have a lot more fun. That’s because it can now stream all your favorite PC games to the NVIDIA® SHIELD™ portable to play anywhere in the house using fast, ultra-reliable NVIDIA GameStream™ technology. The DGL-5500 delivers lag-free, high-performance game streaming from GeForce® GTX™-powered PCs or NVIDIA GRID™ cloud gaming systems. For more information, visit



Qualcomm® StreamBoost™ is a trademark of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.



NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, GeForce, NVIDIA GameStream, and SHIELD are trademarks or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation. All Rights Reserved. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Advanced features

  • StreamBoost™ Traffic Shaping Engine
  • Cloud-Based Updating System
  • Crowd-Sourced Application Profile Creation
  • Advanced UPnP™ Support


  • IEEE 802.11ac (draft)
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.3
  • IEEE 802.3u
  • IEEE 802.3ab


  • 4 Gigabit LAN Ethernet Ports (10/100/1000)
  • 1 Gigabit WAN Ethernet Port (10/100/1000)
  • 1 USB 2.0 Port


  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
  • WPS™


  • Power
  • Internet


DC 12V

Operating Temperature

30º to 104º F (0º to 40º C)

Operating Humidity

10% to 95% non-condensing


  • FCC
  • IC
  • Wi-Fi®


• 9.8in. x 6.5in. x 2.8in.


• 2-Year Limited Warranty

Device Detection FAQ



  • Why are not all devices shown on the network map?


The network map reflects endpoints that are connected to the router and passing network traffic. If a device disconnects from the network, or is not passing active traffic, the device will be deleted from the Active Device network map after 15 minutes.



  • Why are there more devices on the device priority list than the Network Map?

The Device Priority page lists all devices that have ever connected to the router.  Since people’s devices often go with them when they leave home, once a device is connected and prioritized, the intention is to persist the presence of the device to maintain its relative priority upon returning home.



  • Can I remove devices from the device priority list?

No, not at this time.

  • What happens when a device is given higher priority?

How StreamBoost handles device priority is important to understand. First, device priority does not over-ride application classification, meaning that prioritizing a device to the top does not mean that ALL applications from that device are classified as the highest in the network. Device priority is important only in the case where there is not enough bandwidth to support the multiple applications of the same classification across multiple machines. This is best described in the following examples:

If there are 3 devices trying to play HD video streams (protected application class) where there only is enough bandwidth to support 2 HD video streams, then the highest 2 priority devices will have their bandwidth protected to enable proper streaming performance. The lowest priority device will play, but compete with other traffic in the “best efforts” classification. The StreamBoost goal is to maximize the number of devices that can have excellent experiences with the given bandwidth, rather than a “fair share” scheme that will likely result in all associated devices having a compromised experience.If the top priority device is starting a data download (i.e. updates, media downloads), this traffic will be shaped to not interrupt the performance for streaming and/or real-time traffic on any other device. Again, the goal of StreamBoost is to guarantee an excellent experience for streaming and real-time applications.

  • How do I see more details on the active devices connected to the DGL-5500?

Simply click on a device in the Network view for more information regarding active streams on that device. The graphs below in this view will reflect the total bandwidth being used for this device. With an application highlighted, the associated bandwidth of the selected application will be highlighted in white in the graphs.

Clicking on the router will offer a view of all devices connected to the router. You can then select devices in this view, which will then display the active streams on each device. In the graph view below, you will be able to view the traffic from this device in context with the total bandwidth available to the router. With a device highlighted, the associated bandwidth of the selected device will be highlighted in white in the graphs.

  •  Why are some devices not shown with correct graphic icons?

StreamBoost looks at a number of attributes to detect devices. Some of the attributes can be detected statically, but many require the inspection of network traffic to complete the detection. The detection is compared against a known set of devices, so StreamBoost needs to have the specific device in its detection library in order to show the correct icon.

StreamBoost is a cloud-based application, and thus is constantly broadening the number of devices detected and/or improving the detection algorithms. Be sure you have opted into the StreamBoost updates to receive these updates.

  •  Why do the same type of devices show different graphics?

StreamBoost looks at a number of attributes to detect devices. Some of the attributes can be detected statically, but many require the inspection of network traffic to complete the detection. So, even though you may have the same device connected to the router, one may have passed sufficient traffic for full detection and the other may not be sending traffic that enables StreamBoost to classify the device.

StreamBoost is a cloud-based application, and thus is constantly broadening the number of devices detected and/or improving the detection algorithms. Be sure you have opted into the StreamBoost updates to receive these updates.

  • Is StreamBoost working even though a device graphic is not properly being shown (i.e. generic graphic instead of the specific device)?

Yes, StreamBoost is classifying the traffic for any device connected to the router, even if the device is not detected appropriately.

  • What apps and devices are recognized (“Device and App Aware”)?

Device and application detection is constantly updating. Your router has the ability to recognize well over 100 popular applications and well over 50 popular device types currently. StreamBoost keeps up to date through its cloud database and supports the most popular applications and devices in your region.

  • Why do I see some websites specified in the Statistics page, but other websites are not shown?

The graphs on the Statistics page list only the top applications that are detected by StreamBoost. StreamBoost focuses on applications that establish “long-lived” connections, meaning that general web browsing will not be registered by StreamBoost since the connection is very short. For instance, you may see StreamBoost register streaming video from some familiar websites because streaming video establishes a long-lived connection.  StreamBoost will likely not register very short lived connections like browsing and reading articles on web pages.       

  • Does StreamBoost works on wired and wireless connected devices?

StreamBoost is effective for traffic shaping to all connections to the router: Ethernet, Wi-Fi (any standard) or even power-line connections that are connected through the Ethernet port. StreamBoost can even connect to another router, but that router will have to operate in bridge mode to get the full benefits of StreamBoost . StreamBoost does not, however, recognize if a specific connection is degraded, like a Wi-Fi connection with weak signal, and cannot protect a connection if there is insufficient bandwidth on that link. StreamBoost assumes that all connections have sufficient bandwidth to support the active applications on that device.

  • Are there limitations to the number of apps or devices that StreamBoost recognizes?

On each router, the Performance version of StreamBoost recognizes over 100 applications. As part of the StreamBoost cloud service, there are many more application attribute files stored and the number is constantly growing.  Part of the StreamBoost service is to be sure that the most current and popular sites are in your router at all times.

Also, there are generic classifications for applications that StreamBoost does not specifically detect.  These generic classification rules will also yield great performance in the case that StreamBoost cannot detect the application down to the specific source or service.

  • I just purchased a new device and the Network Map graphic is not properly identifying the device, how is this fixed?

There is an initial set of devices on your router as it ships, but to be sure you have the latest updates, be sure to opt-in to the StreamBoost updates to receive the latest sets of device and applications updates.

Cloud Service FAQ



  • How does the StreamBoost Cloud service work?

Access to the StreamBoost Cloud is enabled by opting into the service. This is explained in the agreement statement. Enabling the service does the following:

-  Enables the StreamBoost cloud to push detection and policy updates to your router automatically

-  Allows your router to send specific data from your router to help improve StreamBoost performance. The StreamBoost cloud service takes active measures to delete personal and identifying information from the collected data.

  • What information is shared with the StreamBoost Cloud service?

Information that is sent to the StreamBoost service, once opted in, includes only stream attribute information that will help improve the StreamBoost service. There is no attempt to detect the actual content type (i.e. StreamBoost doesn’t know what movie is being viewed from a streaming service, only specific network traffic attributes). Once that data is logged into the StreamBoost Analysis database, the aggregated data from all routers enables the analysis team to determine better ways to detect specific applications, adapt to changes in known applications and/or add new applications. The StreamBoost cloud service takes active measures to delete personal and identifying information from the collected data.

  • How do I send a request to D-Link to add a device or app to be recognized by StreamBoost?

StreamBoost is a dynamic cloud based solution that creates application profiles according to popularity.

  • Next Generation 11AC Wi-Fi – Up to 450 + 867Mbps
  • StreamBoost – Intelligent control of bandwidth resources featuring automatic device and application detection
  • Gigabit Wired – Delivers wired performance 10x faster than traditional Fast Ethernet
  • Simultaneous Dual Band – Delivers faster Wi-Fi speeds and less interference for maximum throughput
  • Compatibility – Works with existing and future Wi-Fi devices

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Awards & Reviews

Electronic House 2013 Product of the Year Award
"The Gaming Router 5000 is equipped with GameFuel powered by StreamBoost designed to provide unique value by intelligently and optimally allocating Internet bandwidth to each application and device in a home network." Read more
Colony of Gamers
'4/5 Star Rating, All in all, the router’s speed performance was stellar.” Read more
HiTech Legion
“The D-Link DGL-5500 earns the Gold award for its Streamboost implementation, small form factor, range, usability, stability, and speed.” Read more
“The range on this router is fantastic...I really love this router. It can withstand the heavy internet usage we have, and it doesn't flinch when ten or more devices are hooked up and are fighting for bandwidth.” Read more
Network World
The DGL-5500 featured in Network World's Holiday Gift Guide! Read more
Active Respawn
“9.8/10 ... This is honestly one of the best routers I have ever had the pleasure of gaming on.” Read more
Fanboy Gaming
"9.5/10 Rating...Recommended as a must buy" Read more
"It is the best of the recent 11ac routers from the company....It's a 3.5 out of 5 Star earner." Read more
"The DGL-5500 is possibly the first router on the market that is able to truly fine-tune bandwidth to deliver the best possible Internet performance for homes that have multiple connected devices." Read more
"A nice unit with some good future-proof features and easy setup." Read more
"Now that Qualcomm's busted out its StreamBoost technology, it's high time we saw some hardware built that can take advantage of it. D-Link's first to the queue with its new DGL-5500 802.11ac gaming router, which is able to shift bandwidth around to ensure lag-free performance." Read more
Maximum PC
“…StreamBoost lives up to the hype. We consistently saw lower pings in online games when connected to the DGL-5500 versus our zero-point router, the Asus RT-AC66U.” Read more