The 5500 mostly implements D-Link's standard router feature set, which we covered most recently in the DIR-868L review. D-Link has nicely posted an emulator so that you can test-drive most of the 5500's admin features for yourself.
The router comes with no password set. So if you decide to skip the setup wizard that auto-launches on first access, you can click right into the My Network view. Even if you do run the wizard, you don't have to enter an admin password.
I should say that you get this view only if you have enabled StreamBoost. If you haven't, you get a screen that says only "This page is used for StreamBoost. Click here to set up StreamBoost".
My Network page
The web interface isn't very mobile-friendly since it requires a window width over 1200 px wide to display some of the StreamBoost screens without scrolling. Even worse, the other admin pages appeared to need a full 1280 px wide screen to display all text. No scroll bars appeared with narrower screens; text was just cut off as illustrated below.
Cut off screen text
I also found I needed to reload the My Network page at times to get the device view to properly display. When briefly playing with StreamBoost, the browser seemed to lock up on a few occasions, too.
Aside from the My Network / StreamBoost page, you'll find familiar D-Link admin screens as you click into the other main admin sections. Clicking on any of the left-hand icons makes it bounce to the top of the list in a little cutesy animation.
Here is a summary of the DGL-5500's features.
- DHCP, Static, PPPoE WAN types
- DHCP server with MAC address reservation, lease time setting and NetBIOS controls
- DMZ host
- SPI firewall disable, anti-spoof checking
- WAN ping allow / deny
- IPv4 Multicast stream enable
- PPTP, IPsec, RTSP, SIP ALG disables
- Schedulable single port, port range forwarding. (Can set source and destination ports on single ports [virtual servers])
- Allow / deny (global) MAC address filtering for network access
- Outbound port filtering by IP or MAC address with selectable web access logging
- 40 domain-based allow / deny (global) Web access filters
- 8 inbound IP range allow / deny (global) filters
- Remote admin access enable, IP access filtering, port setting and graphic authentication enable
- UPnP support
- HTTPs admin access enable
- StreamBoost automatic traffic shaping
- Basic SMB storage sharing
- Unspecified media server
Since this is a new chipset for D-Link, some of the features you normally expect to find on a D-Link router aren't supported:
- PPTP, L2TP, DS-Lite WAN types
- Static routes
- Dynamic DNS
- WPS PIN
- Triggered port forwarding
- WAN port speed set
- Syslog support
- Email alerts and log send
Since the 5500 is a "gaming" router, it doesn't work with D-Link's mydlink cloud service. That's no great loss in my book, given mydlink's limited feature set that is fragmented among a handful of Android and ioS apps.
Table 2 summarizes the basic wireless setting modes and channels supported.
|Setting||2.4 GHz||5 GHz|
1 - 11
36, 40, 44, 48
149, 153, 157, 161
|Channel Width||20 MHz only
20/40 MHz (Auto) [default]
|20 MHz only
20/40/80 MHz (Auto) [default]
|Network Mode||802.11b only
Mixed 802.11g and 802.11b
Mixed 802.11n and 802.11g
Mixed 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11b [Default]
Mixed 802.11a and 802.11n
Mixed 802.11ac and 802.11n
Mixed 802.11ac, 802.11n and 802.11a [default]
|WPA||Auto (WPA or WPA2)
Table 2: Wireless settings summary
The 5500's wireless feature set is smaller than found on less expensive routers. Note access to channel 165 in the 5 GHz band is not supported.
WPS implementation seems a bit odd, with only an enable under the 2.4 GHz band settings. The router supports WPS pushbutton mode only. There is no WPS PIN shown in the admin GUI, so also no way to change it.
As with the routing features, the 5500's wireless feature list is light compared to other D-Link routers. You might miss having:
- Guest networks
- Bridging / repeating
- Physical wireless on/off switch
- Scheduled wireless on/off
- Transmit power adjust
- Wireless client-to-client isolation
- Wireless guest isolation from LAN