D-Link’s new wireless routers look like the future,
and they act like it, too.
The Taiwanese network electronics company
announced three new high-performance routers (
of-11ac-routers-300015269.html ) today, one of
which, the AC3200, is available now and two, the
AC3100 and AC5300, which will begin shipping this
The new routers can move data at turbo speed:
The AC5300, the fastest, has a top speed of 5.3
gigabits per second (Gbps). That’s because they
use the new 802.11ac wireless standard ( http://
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11ac ) , the
newest incarnation of Wi-Fi, faster than any
From a design standpoint, D-Link is clearly
shooting for out-of-this-world modern. The sleek,
futuristic casing framed on four sides by antennas
would be as welcome in a Star Wars movie as a
Best Buy. Here’s a video released by the company
that showcases the design:
But functionally, the routers offer more power than
most people actually need. According to internet
metrics company Ookla, the internet speed
provided by an internet service provider to the
average US household is about 32 megabits per
second, about 0.5% of the top speed of the
AC5300. Even the much-touted Google Fiber,
which promises to transmit 1 gigabit per second—
is not fast enough to max out D-Link’s routers.
Priced at $310 for the AC3200, the device is
probably overkill for the average data consumer.
But as the volume of data balloons and internet
speeds continue to quicken, routers like these will
have their moment.
Photo via Flickr by Jeremy Keith ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/
nivbys-8Bx238-9hdTTX ) .
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