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

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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 (206 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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.

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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Setup was very easy. I just connected the modem, entered my charter account number and the old Mac Id after that the Internet worked. Read more ›
The DGL is made for gaming, there was no need to adjust anything as soon as I turned it on, Boom NAT…The fact that it did not require setup was Awesome...nice job D-Link. Read more ›
Initial installation took about an hour because I'm a mac user and was initially looking for the setup wizard on the…Once I figured out where to go, setup was pretty easy. Read more ›
Set up was absolutely horrible. I put the installation disk in my computer and fallowed the instructions to the T. Somehow my computer couldnt find the router. Read more ›
Solid router all around, and after the initial set up has been running solid for weeks. Might be a little on the expensive side for some, but the money is well spent as you… Read more ›
Pros: Set up was easy, just connect the cables, type in 192.168.0.1 in your browser and the router management utility opens. I just set it up for basics manually from the… Read more ›
the best router i ever owned for gaming absolutely no lag i play gears of war and modern warefare 3 and my connection is always flawless i i would recommend this router to… Read more ›
Simple to set-up, basic defaults set fine, and connection has been fast and consistantly "up". Network is two mac laptops (one 10.4 and one 10.5), and Xbox 360, and two… Read more ›
This is as fast as I expected, I had no issues setting it up and haven't had any problems with dropped connection like I've read others have had. Amazon has a great price… Read more ›
But A Still Think It Cant Handle Two Gamer's And Internet Surfer All At Once. I Wish I New The Secert to Great Connection. Read more ›
The wireless range is about normal to really good... I suspect it would really depend on where you place the router as to whether you get a decent signal or not. Read more ›
i noticed a huge difference when i turned on that…while everyone was surfing the web watching netflix and etc. my game was not lagging one bit i had great connectivity. I… Read more ›
After I substituted it with the new 4500, wow! The download and upload speeds are actually faster and we now don't have any issues disconnecting. I have previously used… Read more ›
Performance is awesome, I was using it to stream Netflix to my Wii & iPad wirelessly, over the LAN copies of big files, and Bittorrent, all running and there are no hiccups. Read more ›
Everything I have is wireless, computers, games and I had no problems with my computers and…Well my blue ray is wi-fi and the streaming isn't that great with this router. Read more ›
I upgraded from the Dlink 4300 and wanted an N network in my home. Performance is superb. Also purchased the 855 to compare. Read more ›
All devices are compatible and haven't had any issues. I haven't had to adjust the router's bandwidth for gaming since there haven't been any issues with throughput. One of… Read more ›
The D-Link DGL-4500 GamerLounge Xtreme N Gaming Router offers decent performance and a long list of features for home wireless networking and hardcore gamers. However, it… Read more ›
Iphones from the Iphone 3 to the 5 had no trouble connecting to this router, and Neither do Ipads. The range is decent, but the wireless connection is not fast. I upgraded… Read more ›
Purchased for a friend with a big house. The coverage works pretty well except for some of the nooks on the far side of the house from the router. Still way better than the… Read more ›
Gaming on this router is awesome too because I experience "N0 LAG" at all. The wireless range is great too. It's worth every penny. Read more ›
I recently bought this router and it is really great in the 2.4 ghz range but sucks in the 5.0 range. But in 2.4 Ghz it is amazing. Read more ›
I've been using this router for about 6 years now. It has excellent range. The share port works good, though only one person can use it at a time. Read more ›
Cons: The wireless constantly drops, and even after looking at the DLink Support forums there doesn't seem to be a…The wireless is crap and doesn't have a very good range. Read more ›
My only problem is one antenna won't tighten up so it falls down. Other than that the features are good and the coverage is good. Read more ›
From opening the package to network setup. Router configuration is quick and easy to. This is a must if you want to be on the internet and have kids play games at the same… Read more ›
Very nice product. Plenty of options for security and is very fast. Dualband is not at the same time so you cannot choose both at the same time, and only one band works… Read more ›
I'm a very simple person with simple security needs for my home. I bought this to manage my gaming consoles and prioritize my packets. Read more ›
GREAT for multiple gaming systems. Lots of extras the linksys didn't have, like dhcp reservations and the mac filter applies to wired and wireless- easy security. Read more ›
Although it took a while to get this thing going, once its all set up it hums. Super fast, very powerful admin features that are a piece of cake to use. I directed all… Read more ›
It's dual-band, but not simultaneous…VPN and dynamicDNS support is a nice plus when setting up VPN between friends across the U.S., and I plan to utilize this feature. F… Read more ›
been using this for a month or so, it will re configure once in a while but customer service is good Read more ›
With windows 7 it was hard to set up i need it tecnical support i also need it help with a firmware upgrade this was needed because the router…Technical support was good. Read more ›
Their firmware is half baked and the router constantly stalls. DLink support is horrible. Read more ›
i have bought 2 of these , 1 the wireless would not work , and the second one, the lan would not work, the customer support is horrible , i own a linksys wireless router… Read more ›
On the positive dlink customer service has been superb -- helpful well written responses always within 24 hours. The throughput on my LAN also has also noticeably improved… Read more ›
I have 2 tvs with gaming systems on it and both systems can be working online and someone online on the computer all at once with…The price was cheaper than other stores. Read more ›
Works excellent! Well worth the price Read more ›
Very good one, durable, strong signal, never dropped, my husband loves it, I bought it on sale, it was good price. Read more ›
These are a great for the price and worked great and eazy to setup and didnt have to spend any gas at $5.00 a gallon shipped fast Read more ›
Personally I would recommend the D-Link DIR-655 Extreme N Gigabit Wireless Router over the DGL-4500, it's essentially the same router without all the… Read more ›
I used to by only Linksys products until they were bought out. A great product and a good value. Read more ›
-The user interface is excellent and includes a help page with full explanation. The number of options/features is tremendous. Read more ›
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of updating to the latest firmware as soon as I brought the router online. Apparently, the latest firmware is completely broken. My router… Read more ›
I bought this router and immediately upgraded the firmware to ver. 1.22NA because I was having issues with the Sharepoint software detecting an external harddrive. Now the… Read more ›
- DO NOT UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE ABOVE version 1.15. There are many known issues with firmware newer than this. Read more ›
quick as expected simple interface Range is okay Read more ›
Serio…I just got the router a couple of weeks ago, but from what I've read the broken firmware(that you can't roll back) has been around for over 3 months without a fix yet. Read more ›
This router is ok if you do not understand how networks function. I would not recommend it to anyone who wants to fully customize their network. I was highly disappointed… Read more ›
I never tried a Gigabit Wi-Fi router before, even I had tried several brands and…Until I got this DGL-4500, I noticed very fast network response in both wired and wireless. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
I will be replacing it as soon as I find the best one available. This router does have 4 plug-ins in the back plus one to connect it to a modem. Read more ›
Another great feature I found was I could assign an IP address…This was great for my 360 because it ALWAYS gets the same IP address and makes it easy to use items like QoS. Read more ›
The only reason I switched is because I…Then after getting the 4500 version I noticed that the interface is a lot easier to navigate and they are a lot of kewl new options. Read more ›
I did't test the wireless range to maximum but it looks like it…The LCD display is awesome it displays every information you need to know without accessing you computer. Read more ›
The screen on the router is gorgeous though not that intuitive and the screen itself does not stay lit so there is no way to know any statistics without getting up and… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

622 of 629 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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