In today’s review, I’m taking a look at the D-Link Cobra AC5300 (DSL-5300) modem router. D-Link sent it out a few weeks ago for me to test and now I am writing this review to give you my findings.

Big thanks to D-Link for sending this out for review.

What’s in the Box?


Included in the box is the modem router itself, 8 High-Gain antennas, an AC power adapter, DSL cable, DSL Filter, a CAT5e ethernet cable and some documentation.


Design and Features

When I first started using the Cobra a few of my friends and family commented on the fact that it was ‘spider like and something from outer space’. I would have to agree to an extent, the design of the Cobra is somewhat spider like with the 8 High-Gain antennas around the modem. 

The whole unit is made out a hard grey plastic with a silver strip running down the center

The top of the modem is arched and meeting in the middle are all the indicator lights on the silver strip.


Round the back of the unit is all the connectivity, from left to right you have the DSL in port for ADSL/VDSL connections, a USB 3.0 port for file or media sharing, a USB 2.0 port for sharing things on the network like a printer, WPS button and reset, WAN port, 4 Gigabit LAN ports, Power button and power jack.


On the base of the unit is 4 rubber feet to stop it from sliding around on the surface you put it on. The Cobra is also wall mountable with 2 wall mounting holes also on the bottom of the unit.


  • 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 Wi-Fi – Sends and receives data to and from devices simultaneously to increase speed and efficiency
  • 8 High-Gain Antennas
  • Simultaneous Tri-Band
  • SmartConnect
  • 1.8Ghz QuadCore Processor
  • Gigabit Ethernet


If you live in the land down under, Australia then you’ll be happy to know that this modem is compatible with all the flavors of NBN that are offered as you can set it up with VDSL/ADSL or Ethernet WAN.





The online administration page that is on the D-Link Cobra is easy to use and setup. Here you can do things like monitor connections, setup port forwarding or use something called the QoS engine. This is something I really like because you can basically govern how much bandwidth a single device will get with an easy to use drag and drop system.



Performance wise the Cobra performs as it says. It delivers a fast and strong wireless connection all around my house without much speed degradation. Transferring files across the 1 Gigabit LAN is also as expected. This is definitely enough for the average home user with a small to medium NAS setup like me.


In terms of pricing, the Cobra Modem/Router goes for $800 on the D-Link Australia website.


The D-Link Cobra is a really powerful modem router that performed well in all tests and gives you great coverage in the home.

Available from the D-Link Australia Website

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Disclosure: The D-Link Cobra review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.

D-Link Cobra AC5300 Review
  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • User Friendly
  • Value for Money


The D-Link Cobra is a really powerful modem router that performed well in all tests and gives you great coverage in the home.