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D-Link DGL-4500 Extreme-N Selectable Dual-Band Gaming Router

by D-Link
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  • Nothing ruins a frag-fest faster than lag. GameFuel allows you to customize your network settings to prioritize game traffic
  • You can never have too much information. That's why we've included a Network Activity Display to show you what's going on with your router.
  • Playing by yourself can be fun, but getting online and fragging others is way better.
  • Router also has the power of dualband (2.4 or 5GHz) wireless signals to get your game on in the wireless band of your choice.
  • Push the limits of networking technology and experience the evolution of gigabit speed.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: D-Link
  • Model: DGL-4500
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Connectivity Technology: wireless
  • Networking Feature: Switch, Wireless Router
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.8 x 1.2 inches ; 15.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000Z7AKGC
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: DGL-4500
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Product Description

With dualband Wireless N technology (2.4GHz or 5GHz) gamers can choose which wireless band works best for them. In order to get the best out of your game, the Xtreme N Gaming Router includes an updated GameFuel™ Priority Engine to prioritize your gaming traffic on the network and get your game going smoother. The DGL-4500/RE also includes Gigabit LAN and WAN ports to get your game on with incredible speeds. Information is key, with that in mind we’ve included the Network Activity Display to give you vital information about your router and network all at the touch of a button.

From the Manufacturer

It's not everyday you come across a device designed solely with the gamer in mind. 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.

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The D-Link Xtreme N Gaming Router (see larger image).

 

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Rear view (see larger image).

 

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Network activity display (see larger image).

Key Features

  • Wireless N connectivity for superior wireless performance, clarity, and coverage

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  • Intelligent QoS technology prioritizes both wired and wireless Internet traffic to enable enhanced gaming and phone calling (VoIP) experience

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  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for secure, simple 1-button setup

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  • Capable of streaming audio and video to compatible UPnP-enabled devices

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  • Dualband 802.11n technology (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) for getting your game on in the wireless band of your choice

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  • Active Firewall protection

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  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for ultra-fast wired connectivity

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  • Network Activity Display that gives you vital information about your router and network settings
  • Updated GameFuel Engine to keep your game going smoother
  • Backward compatible with 802.11a/g/b devices
  • D-Link Green Verified Product (hardware version A1 and A2)
  • Includes SharePort technology* for sharing USB devices like printers and storage over your network

Gamefuel Priority

Nothing ruins a frag-fest faster than lag. GameFuel allows you to customize your network settings to prioritize game traffic so your roommate doesn't hog all the bandwidth while downloading tracks from his favorite 80's hair band.

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Network Activity Display

You can never have too much information. That's why we've included a Network Activity Display to show you what's going on with your router. Check your Internet, LAN, WAN and other various settings all from one screen. We've also included a clock in there so you can see exactly how long you've spent playing the game and not taking out the trash.

The D-Link DGL-4500 includes a network activity display that gives you vital information about your router and network settings. Click here to see more.

Xtreme Wireless

Playing by yourself can be fun, but getting online and fragging others is way better. Make sure your wireless signal can make it into the basement with our Xtreme N Duo wireless technology**. With Xtreme N Duo technology your router also has the power of dual-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) wireless signals to get your game on in the wireless band of your choice.

Shareport

With SharePort technology you can connect a USB printer or storage device to your router and allow users to access them from anywhere on the network. Conveniently turn your existing USB printers and storage devices into network devices for everyone to share.

Gigabit Gaming

Push the limits of networking technology and experience the evolution of gigabit speed. Share broadband Internet, boost network performance and stay competitive in your online games.

What's in the Box

Xtreme N gaming router, 3 detachable antennas, Ethernet cable, power adapter, CD-ROM with installation wizard, product documentation, and World in Conflict content

* Requires SharePort Client Utility installation on the PC. SharePort upgrade is available for the hardware versions A1, A2.

** Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g, 802.11a, and 802.11n specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range.

Customer Reviews

It constantly drops connection and randomly reboots.
C12ASH
My connection to the internet while playing games online with my video gaming systems works faster than before without any lag.
J. RED
The range is also very good, overall very satisfied with this product, highly recommend it!
EJW

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

624 of 631 people found the following review helpful By SAM VINE VOICE on March 22, 2008
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The following will likely save you a couple of hours of research...

The DIR-655 is single-band (2.4GHz).

The DGL-4500 is dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz), however it only uses one band at a time. You choose which band, manually, in the configuration. It doesn't choose the best band in real-time, or anything like that.

The DIR-855 is dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and uses both bands at the same time.
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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Truth Teller on January 5, 2008
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).

Nitpicks:

- If you upgrade the firmware, you have to manually export the router configuration to file, upload the new firmware, and then import the saved configuration after the firmware update. Otherwise, you'll lose your settings.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Lars Milano on February 13, 2008
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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.

The Xtreme N gaming router is the jack of all trades. It does it all and looks great to boot. The OLED display looks sharp, has access to basic functions and status on the unit itself (a nice touch), and setup was a snap. It basically worked with everything right out of the box without much customization. The only change I made was to set the PS3 in DMZ in order to get from NAT type 3 to type 2. But Xbox 360 had open NAT out of the box.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mlkri on February 1, 2008
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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