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D-Link has named its new AC5300 modem/router after the world’s fastest striking snake – the Cobra. The aptly named Cobra also has a boring model name too – DSL-5300

It follows on from the very successful AC3200 Taipan (another snake theme) and there was a Viper and a Python in the mix prior to that.

The snake series are not for ophidiophobics with Chrometophobia (fear of snakes with a propensity to keep the wallet shut). The Cobra is $749.95 so those living at Point Piper need only apply.

So, what do you get for the mega price tag?

  • VDSL/ADSL Modem – For universal DSL connectivity in Australia and New Zealand
  • NBN/UFB Ready – Ready for all NBN (Australia) and UFB (New Zealand) connections
  • Wave 2, MU-MIMO, (Multiuser) Wi-Fi – Sends and receives data to and from devices simultaneously to increase speed and efficiency
  • 8 High-Gain Antennas and smart beamforming – Improves coverage by directing bandwidth to your devices as you move around
  • Simultaneous Tri-Band – that is one 2.4Ghz (1,000 Mbps) and 2 x 5Ghz (2 x 2167Mbps) which can be aggregated at AC 5300Mbps
  • SmartConnect – chooses the best band or bands based on available speed and load
  • 8Ghz QuadCore Processor – handles 4K streaming with ease
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet ports – each 1000Mbps for hard-wired connections
  • DNLA enabled (can stream media)
  • USB 3.30 and USB 2.0 ports
  • Plus, all the usual D-Link software smarts like VPN support, parental controls, Encryption, push-button WPS, and zero configuration for many LAN devices

Trust me – there are none better.

D-Link ANZ MD Graeme Reardon said, “Flowing on from the heritage of our multi-award-winning TAIPAN Modem Router, the COBRA adds even more bite with the latest generation MU-MIMO Wave 2 wireless support and speeds up to 5.3Gbps combined across its three Wi-Fi bands. It has also been designed with the NBN in mind so it’s 100% built for that purpose if required. There’s no compromise of any kind with COBRA.”

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Who will use it?

If money is not the issue, then anyone who can afford it. With most houses having more than a dozen devices attached and the emergence of 4K TV streaming this is perfect. And as client devices start to approach Gigabit speeds why throttle them with a few hundred Mbps?

In my case, I use the D-Link AC5300 DIR-895L for $699.95 as I don’t need the modem and I have NBN delivered by HFC cable. And if you have a smaller house or apartment you can get AC speed routers and modem routers from $200.

Note: The use of this modem/router will not increase the speed delivered by your ISP but it will use it more efficiently around the home and make on network data transfers much faster.