D-Link DGL-4500 GamerLounge Xtreme N Gaming Router
23 October 2008
Summary: The D-Link DGL-4500 GamerLounge Xtreme N Gaming Router almost succeeds for home networking and hardcore gamers. It bears a few flaws, among which is a random reset during heavy load that might be the deal breaker.
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.
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.
Summary: For users who want a fast wireless N router, this D-Link is a worthy choice. It produced very fast results in our tests, it's versatile, and it has some nifty interface features. But its physical design could be better.
Pros: Dual-band, fast performance, good security features