The widespread 5G roll-out by different service providers has made wireless home broadband a very real possibility. The ability of 5G to support a denser subscriber base compared to 4G means that traditional consumer networking equipment vendors are bringing out a variety of 5G gateways to sell into the service-provider market for CPE (consumer premises equipment).

At CES 2020, D-Link announced that the DWR-2010 5G NR Enhanced Gateway (made public last year) now sports support for 5G in the sub-6 GHz band while delivering AX3000-class Wi-Fi connectivity on the other side. Key specifications include downlink speeds of up to 4 Gbps (5G) / 2 Gbps (4G LTE+), 3x1Gb and 1x2.5Gb LAN ports, a 1Gbps WAN port, 1 USB 3.0 port, a single SIM slot and one RJ-11 port for voice services.

Two additional products were announced - the 5G Gateway (DWR-978) and 5G NR Outdoor Unit (DWP-1020). The former sports bands support similar to the 5G NR Enhanced Gateway, but, the downlink is limited to 1 Gbps with 5G, and the Wi-Fi connectivity is restricted to AC2600. It has 4x 1Gb LAN ports and a 1Gbps WAN port, a single USB 2.0 port and one SIM slot. The 5G NR Outdoor unit also supports mmWave in addition to the sub-6 GHz band. It is also IP45-rated (waterproof), and can tolerate temperatures between -40C and 55C. It can be powered with PoE, comes with a single SIM slot and has a 5 Gbps LAN port.

Overall, D-Link's 5G offerings provide a variety of choices to service providers, and it bodes well for 5G wireless home broadband. It must be noted that D-Link's competitors such as Netgear also have a suite of 5G products targeting the same market.

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  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Given the one ISP that offers broadband to my home is DSL and tops out at just a hair over 10mbit, I'd love to get cost effective cellular. Have to wait until I can get the kids moved out though since they both stream a lot of video. Then again, after they move out, dog slow DSL will probably be more than fast enough for just me. I can't wait for the day when costs go down, bandwidth is sufficient, and I'm free to be left the heck alone to play video games rather than this expensive and time consuming single parent business.
  • lightningz71 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Given the line of sight nature of 5G, I think that the most interesting product here is the 5G NR Outdoor unit. With 5G NR Sub 6 + mmWave, it should get solid downlink speeds, AND actually get clear, consistent reception if properly placed. Being PoE should make it easy to recycle if it gets hung up. I like this for home and small business primary solutions, and as a back-up to a wired link for larger businesses.
  • singerrajinder - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    I used to play games like cricfree on 5G it is showing good response.
  • James McGuigan - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    But where can you buy one?
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