Jul 18

D-Link DGL-4300 overview:

Packed with features, the DGL-4300 Wireless G Gaming Router comes with D-Link‘s award-winning GameFuel® Technology so you can prioritize gaming traffic. Lag is a thing of the past.

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Networking Evolved

Push the limits of basic networking technology and experience the evolution in networking. Wirelessly share broadband Internet, boost network performance, stay competitive in your online games with D-Link’s new cutting-edge GamerLounge™ Wireless 108G Gaming Router, powered by GameFuel™ Priority Technology.

Fit for the True Online Gamer

  • Introducing GameFuel™ Priority Technology designed to provide the uninterrupted and latency-free gaming experience serious online gamers expect
  • Customized with game-centric features boasting maximum flexibility for configuration and performance
  • Unparalleled 802.11g wireless performance
  • Designed for the Gamers Network

Fit for the True Online Gamer

  • Introducing GameFuel™ Priority Technology designed to provide the uninterrupted and latency-free gaming experience serious online gamers expect
  • Customized with game-centric features boasting maximum flexibility for configuration and performance
  • Unparalleled 802.11g wireless performance
  • Designed for the Gamers Network

Cutting-Edge Technology For Today and Tomorrow’s Gamers Network

  • GameFuel™ Priority powered platform reduces latency and boosts network efficiency and performance
  • Intelligently manages and automatically prioritizes network traffic to better execute bandwidth-sensitive applications including VoIP and multimedia applications
  • Enhanced wireless technology for optimal range and connectivity – up to 108Mbps*
  • High-Performance CPU to support thousands of concurrent connections – ideal for P2P applications and multiplayer interactivity
  • Enables multi-tasking between other applications without degradation in game connection
  • Pre-configured ports to accommodate up to 256 policies for games and applications
  • Customizable settings to add or modify new applications or game configurations
  • Firmware upgrade notification feature keeps your new
    D-Link Gaming Router up to date 

Intimidation Never Looked This Good

  • One Fast Ethernet 10/100 WAN port which supports virtually all broadband Internet connections
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 auto-sensing LAN ports
  • 5dBi high-gain antenna for exceptional wireless signal coverage
  • Fine-tuned web GUI enhancements for seamless device management

Play Your Games, Protect Your Network

  • Protect your wireless data with support for both Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
  • Integrated Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall and Network Address Translation (NAT) firewall help protect against hackers, wardrivers, and other unauthorized users
  • Create versatile Access Control policies to control network access based on time, date, websites, and/or applications
  • Disable SSID Broadcast and MAC Filtering features protect against unauthorized access from your wireless network
  • Supports Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through to create a secure connection to office networks

User Reviews:

Playing an online FPS game through a busy wireless router is like entering a Corolla in the Indy 500: there just isn’t enough speed to win. If you face this unfortunate reality, D-Link wants to pimp your Wi-Fi ride with its new DGL-4300 wireless 108G gaming router. The device includes a GameFuel mode that puts data packets from games, teleconferencing, VoIP, and other high-bandwidth apps at the front of the wireless-transmission line, ushering them through the router faster than other data. The DGL-4300 also offers perks such as four Gigabit Ethernet ports; an adjustable, 5dBi high-gain antenna; WPA security; and an SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) firewall. But at about $150, the device costs nearly twice as much as other Wi-Fi routers, such as the Linksys WRT54GS, which offer comparable performance when used solely for gameplay. So unless your router really is jammed with other traffic, hold off on the DGL-4300 until its next generation, which will no doubt support MIMO technology.

The slick, black DGL-4300 has seven blue status lights on the front that indicate when the power, WAN, WLAN, and four Gigabit LAN ports are working properly. The removable 5dBi antenna on the back edge bends and rotates 90 and 360 degrees, respectively, which helps you optimally position the antenna. In other efforts to help you position the router just right, D-Link ships the device with four handy rubber feet for lying flat, two snap-on rubber legs for vertical placement, and brackets for wall hanging.

The DGL-4300’s browser-based configuration tool is also slick. The tool’s smooth blue, orange, and black graphics and well-organized tabs are a nice touch. When you initially log in to the D-Link tool, it presents you with two helpful wizards for connecting to the Internet and specifying your wireless security settings. Or you can skip the wizards and alter all of the DGL-4300’s settings manually, determining features such as the device’s SSID, WEP and WPA security levels, acceptable MAC addresses, and DMZ assignments. Parents who want to limit their kids’ computing activities can also use the tool to block access to certain Web sites and games at specific times. At press time, D-Link also posted a new firmware upgrade with a few potentially intriguing features, such as Xbox Live certification, which allegedly helps to limit ICMP, and the ability to test virtual server settings via a LAN connection, which may help those attempting to establish their own game servers.

User none93 said:

Pros: Reliable router with many firmware features.

Cons: little high priced, but it has come down some

Summary: This is the best router I have owned. Many other people have said this also about this router (in reviews posted on other sites).

It’s not fair for cnet to give this router a negative because its doesn’t have “mimo”. Especially considering since MIMO isn’t even a standard, and won’t be a standard for a long time.

The wireless range on this router is just as good or better than my Linksys WRT54G. And it has many more firmware options than the Linksys does.

The log file is detailed, and holds many entires (over 350 lines).

The many settings in the firmware, large log file, and reliability are what sold me on this router. The chipset inside is designed by Ubicom, and the chipset itself is designed specifically for QOS.

This router also has super bright blue LED lights. They will light up your room at night.

User Ravensblood said:

Pros: Setup is a snap, looks sharp, well built, packet prioritization in firmware for enhanced gaming.

Cons: A little on the expensive side, is a few years old.

Summary: I picked up one of these late last year to replace our aging Netgear wireless router. I’d finally picked up a laptop that could handle online gaming, but every time I’d try to play World of Warcraft with the Netgear, it would lock up and the entire home network would lose internet access. I did a lot of shopping and finally settled on this D-Link router which I ordered online. It’s a sharp looking piece of tech that doesn’t look out of place next to the television (since that’s where the cable hookup and cable modem are), and setup was flawless and quick. I tend to do a lot of downloading in the background when playing online games, so having the packet prioritization is awesome. This means that my gaming packets get traffic priority over the other packets on the network which results in nice, low pings.

I have an old Dell Laptop from a few years ago with wireless, and my new Thinkpad has an IBM wireless adpater and both of them have been able to connect to this router with no problems. My Nintendo DS Lite also was able to connect with hardly any effort at all. We have four desktops (connecting wired through two hubs), three laptops (connecting wirelessly), and two occasional Nintendo DSes connecting through this thing, and we’ve never had a problem. It gets the job done.

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