To mess around with the DGL-4500, I connected its Internet port to my primary, Dell Gigabit Ethernet switch. It got IP address information from my router and I tested a variety of inter- and intra-switch activity. 2.3 MB/sec (18.4 Mbps) read from NAS external to router made me weary of the router’s ability to handle FiOS and other high bandwidth connections. However, inside the router’s LAN, I got the ~12 MB/sec (96 Mbps) I was expecting out of the transfer.
Summary: The D-Link Xtreme N DGL-4500 Gaming Router may have been around for quite a long time, but it's still a very capable router. It's packed with neat features – such as the status display – and it works well. It's just a shame it's not slightly more stable.
Excerpt: At one time or another PC gaming was the only way to go when it came to playing games over the internet. During my younger years I remember watching a friend of mine playing his first game of Doom online in his basement, he was immediately hooked and I was kind of amazed. Back then I never played PC games online as I never had a rig strong enough to really take advantage of the early online titles plus I was more of a console gamer with the NES, Sega Genesis, SNES and...
Summary: Although many people, especially enthusiasts will never admit that they had to have help setting up a router or figuring out what certain features do, the Help section of the DGL-4500 is quite amazing. It covers pretty much everything to, well, everything and is a great feature to include in such a robust router. Navigation of this interface is very easy and it provides some insight and advice really on how to configure your little black box.
Pros: Nice 10/100/1000 4-port router, 10/100/1000 base WAN port, Port masking / forwarding is a great feature, Stealthy firewall (according to GRC), QoS engine (Gamefuel) gives your gaming packets priority and lowers ping and lag., Network Activity Display is slick.
Cons: Wireless performance mediocre when compared to rated speed., A bit pricey at this point.
D-Link DGL-4500 GamerLounge Xtreme N Gaming Router
13 March 2008
Summary: The D-Link DGL-4500 GamerLounge Xtreme N Gaming Router almost succeeds for home networking and hardcore gamers.
Pros: Intuitive and responsive browser interface, Gigabit LAN and WAN, Excellent range, Easy to setup, Network Activity Display offers quick access to a variety of network information, Preset with a lot of settings for special services and applications, including games