Feb 06

D-Link DGL-4500 Description

The D-Link Xtreme N Gaming Router (DGL-4500) is one of those few devices built especially for gamers. Experience the power of our Xtreme N Duo wireless technology for data transfer rates of up to 300Mbps* and Gigabit LAN and WAN Ports to get your game on faster than ever before. We’ve also added an updated version of our award-winning GameFuel technology to get your game going smoother. To top it off, we’ve thrown in a high-performance CPU and a Network Activity Display to give you a serious gaming router.

DGL-4500

Customer Reviews

Truth Teller said:

I bought this router almost immediately after it came out and have had it running for about 90 days at the time of this writing. I have it hooked up wirelessly (G) to my Xbox 360 for Xbox live, wirelessly (N) with my MacBook Pro, use it over gigabit ethernet with two other PCs in my house, and have it hooked up to an HP all in one over ethernet. It has worked without problem with all of these devices.

I set it up to use mixed G and N modes and I am seeing very good speeds with the Xbox (about 52 Mbps) and the Macbook Pro (about 117 Mbps). I can easily see about 8 neighbors networks and have multiple cordless phones in the house, so with this router running in mixed G / N mode I think that these speeds are perfectly acceptable.

I have no longer noticed any slowdowns when my wife decides to surf the internet while I’m playing Xbox Live. It seems as though the router’s automatic “Gamefuel” QoS technology is correctly prioritizing the Xbox traffic over my wife’s internet surfing. I didn’t have to set up anything special. I just let the router do automatic configuration of the Xbox via UPNP (no manual port forwarding, etc).

Configuration-wise it is really pretty simple. I had it up and running pretty quickly. However, I would strongly recommend that the first thing you do with this router is go to the D-Link web site and get the latest firmware before doing any configuration (assuming the firmware is out of date).

Lars Milano said:

This router has solved all my home networking woes and I’ve had a lot of them. Granted, it’s fairly complicated for a home network in that there are many devices connected both wired and wirelessly from various macs and PCs, home theater receiver, music server, network printers, network storage drives, game consoles (ps3, xbox, wii), etc. In the past I’ve used a combination of various routers to make things work properly. From different versions of Apple airport (express, extreme, extreme “N”) to various Belkin and Linkysys models, even the supposedly foolproof WRT54G model.

The problem with the Apple airport models has been their inability to allow open NAT for Xbox Live gaming, not to mention the playstation network. I love Airport networks and their integration with OS X and all its cool file/music/drive/printer sharing and networking features but I’ve always had to combine an extra router to handle the non-Apple side of things. The D-Link DGL-4500 is the first router I’ve had that plays nice with everything on the network. It just works. It works with Apple-based networks, it provides Open NAT for Xbox Live, it works with PS3 (with some minor tweaks), and it works with just about any challenge I throw at it. Music and video streaming, latency-sensitive online gaming, you name it.

mlkri said:

Our home network is pretty extensive, whole house, lots of connections, wired and wireless. We’ve gone through a few router types and all was fine until we added a 3rd Xbox to the system. No amount of configuring, tricks, tips or customer support from our old router manufacturer would allow us to run all 3 on Xbox Live with “Open Nat”. Decided to try this router and it works perfectly!

The set up took a few minutes, I wouldn’t say it was hard but it wasn’t a simple plug in and go, you need to read the instructions and knowing a little bit about your settings will certainly help. All in all it was only about 15 minutes before everything was up and running. The firmware upgrade is a little bit of a pain and I wish they could have made that easier.

I don’t find all the “display” bells and whistles of any really use to me. But the unit does what it claims and that was exactly what was needed here.

Bottom line – if your household has multiple gamers along with the rest of the internet connected, network fixtures in our home networks these days, this is your router. 3 Xbox 360s all on xbox live simultaneously and all with open NAT – ’nuff said.

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