Home Home Tech VIDEO: D-Link to crush competitors with 'fastest ever AC5300 MU-MIMO Modem Router'

Billed as "NBN-ready" and running with "the latest generation of blisteringly fast AC5300 Wi-Fi speeds, COBRA boasts a built-in VDSL2 and ADSL2+ Modem, dedicated Gigabit WAN port and four Gigabit LAN ports". Is the NBN ready for D-Link's COBRA?

Designed for the NBN from the ground up, D-Link has launched what it calls its fastest-ever Modem Router, the D-Link AC5300 MU-MIMO DL-5300 COBRA, and says it is "a Modem Router the likes of which Australia and New Zealand have never seen before".

Striking hard against competitors with the power of a coiled cobra, an excited D-Link ANZ managing director 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 ramps up the speeds even further to a whopping 5.3Gbps combined across its three Wi-Fi bands.

"It’s 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.”

D-Link notes it has designed the COBRA, also known as the DSL-5300, as "an extremely powerful Modem Router designed to provide a PowerZone of high speed Wi-Fi connectivity right across an entire home".

As noted, it is a major upgrade to the previous TAIPAN router, and it still looks like it has travelled across the universe from an advanced civilisation, arriving to dramatically improve connectivity and in-home data speeds.

Here's D-Link's video on the COBRA, with the article continuing thereafter, please read on!

As you'd expect, it proudly boasts a "lightning fast 1.8GHz Quad-Core processor and the latest MU-MIMO Wave 2 Tri-Band Wi-Fi". D-Link says its new COBRA "easily caters to even the most demanding of connected homes, allowing for multiple users to enjoy 4K HD video, lag-free gaming and high-quality audio throughout the house – all at the same time".

Reardon added, “And that’s not all. With a fully featured ADSL and VDSL Modem as well as a dedicated gigabit Ethernet WAN port, all connection options are covered to ensure you can use the COBRA today and well into the future.

"COBRA also includes premium features such as Advanced AC SmartBeam technology which dramatically improves coverage by directing bandwidth directly towards your devices, and Advanced QoS which efficiently distributes the maximum bandwidth to the devices that require it.

"This Modem Router will go head-to-head with any other AC5300 Modem Router in the market and win the race for speed and quality of user experience hands down.”

Key COBRA DSL-5300 features include:

Ultimate Wi-Fi performance

  • AC5300 Wi-Fi speeds for an ultra-fast home network experience

Built-in ADSL/VDSL Modem

  • Can be used with all DSL Services, including FTTN NBN for universal connectivity in Australia and New Zealand.

Advanced AC SmartBeam

  • Tracks your connected devices for enhanced Wi-Fi speed and range.

Tri-Band Wi-Fi

  • One 2.4GHz and two 5GHz Wi-Fi bands for maximum Wi-Fi capacity.

Wave 2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi

  • Like having multiple Routers in your home, Wave 2 Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) sends and receives data to and from devices simultaneously to increase speed and efficiency.


  • Smart bandwidth technology automatically connects each device on your network to the best band available for an optimal connection.

Extreme Streaming Ready

  • Stream 4K HD media throughout your house - ideal for bandwidth-intense applications.

1.8GHz Quad Core Processor

  • Faster processing speed for a more powerful Modem Router.

Other COBRA features also include:

  • Wi-Fi guest zone
  • NBN/UFB ready (VLAN tagging)
  • SharePort web access
  • Multi-language web setup wizard
  • Green Ethernet
  • DLNA media server support
  • UPnP support
  • VPN pass-through/multi-session PPTP/L2TP/IPSec
  • Dual Active Firewall - Network Address Translation (NAT) and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
  • 802.1p QoS
  • Bridge mode
  • Multiple PVC’s (up to 8)

So, what does all of this speed and power cost, and where is it available?

The COBRA (DSL-5300) AC5300 MU-MIMO Modem Router is available now from D-Link online and is priced at AUD$749.95, (or NZ$849.99 for those in NZ), and naturally you'll find it at all authorised D-Link retailers and resellers in our region.

A review of the COBRA will be forthcoming.


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