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D-Link’s scary looking new routers are ready to deliver insanely fast Wi-Fi speeds

Published Jan 5th, 2015 11:00PM EST
D-Link AC5300, AC3200, AC3100 Router
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D-Link has a bunch of new routers on display at CES 2015, all ready to deliver serious wireless performance… although at first glance they look more like scary toys ready to turn into some of Galvatron’s minions rather than a piece of technology meant to help you surf the web at incredibly fast speeds.

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The new D-Link Ultra Performance family is composed of three new devices including the AC5300, the AC3200 and the AC3100. As Engadget reports, all of them come with support for 802.11ac tri-band beamforming speeds (3.1Gbps to 5.3Gbps top performance, depending on model), gigabit ethernet, USB 3.0 connectivity and high-power antennas meant to further extend your home’s Wi-Fi network.

Additionally, all these new D-Link routers can be controlled with a smartphone and tablet, with D-Link also offering users a special USB 3.0 dongle ready to deliver 802.11ac speeds to laptops and desktops that lack such wireless connectivity capabilities.

The AC3200 model costs $310 and is available right now from NewEgg, with the AC5300 and AC3100 versions set to launch later this quarter. A video showing the capabilities of the AC3200 model follows below.

Looking for more coverage from CES? Be sure to check out our CES 2015 hub!

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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