D-Link DGL-4300 Gigabit, Wireless & More!

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D-Link DGL-4300 Gigabit, Wireless & More!
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Product: D-Link DGL-4300 Router
Provided By: D-Link Canada
Price: MSRP $200 CDN (~$165CDN Pricegrabber.ca)

Introduction:

D-Link is a well known name in the networking business.  This Canadian company has been around since 1991, and has provided cost effective network solutions for both home and corporate users.  For the most part, networking equipment isn't really that new or innovative, but a few months back D-Link released a router for the gamer that aimed to change all that.  The product I'm talking about is the DGL-4300 Wireless Gigabit Gaming Router.

D-Link has put together a pretty innovative and well-performing product with this router.  First, it has 4 10/100/1000 base Auto MDI/MDI-X ports that provide a full duplex Gigabit network for your wired connected computers.  Second, it features D-Links AirPlus Extreme G 108Mbps 802.11G wireless network.  When you couple the speedy wireless connection with a 5dbi gain antenna, not only do you get blistering speed, you get very good range as well.  Third, This router has some very advanced routing capability that is generally only available with hacked firmware's or on full Linux systems.  For instance, if your ISP blocks the popular port 21 for FTP and port 80 for http, you won't be able to host FTP or WEB servers from home.  D-Link has overcome this obstacle and allows you full port-forwarding so that you can broadcast FTP on another port and the router will forward that to the proper port on your internal network.  Sound confusing?  It's not as you'll see later on.  Lastly, D-Link has packed the firmware of this router with some of the most advanced packet-prioritizing software available for a consumer device.  This technology is called GameFuel, and it is supposed to drop ping from your games and make them lag free.  We'll see.

First Look:

The D-Link DGL-4300 is the big brother to the DGL-4100 router.  The DGL-4100 is a wired router that performs similar functions to the DGL-4300.  The Gigabit Gaming Router that we received is packed in a nice flashy box and should catch your eye when sitting on the shelf.  It comes with absolutely everything you need to get up and running, and even though the finish and look of this unit is black, rather than grey and silver as their other products, the DGL-4300 will stack on top of other D-Link products.

DGL-4300 - Box
 DGL-4300 - Box

DGL-4300 - Bundle
 DGL-4300 - Bundle

As you can see in the Bundle picture above, the DGL-4300 comes with rubber stacking feet, a set of stands to stand the unit on edge rather than lying flat, some plastic drywall inserts and screws for wall-mounting, a network cable, a CD containing an electronic manual, a quick install guide, and the Power Supply.  This bundle gives you three options for mounting the product, and should satisfy most people.

The router has the same footprint and dimensions as other D-Link Products and up close it looks pretty familiar.  It is black and has bright blue LED's, not to mention a fancy 5dbi antenna.  This antenna is 2-3dbi stronger than other routers.  The back of the router is very standard.  It has 4 LAN ports, 1 WAN port, a reset button and a power connector.  The only difference here is that each WAN port is actually a 1000base port instead of a 100base port.  Good stuff.

 

DGL-4300 - Front View
 DGL-4300 - Front View

DGL-4300 - Back View
 DGL-4300 - Back View


 

Specs & Features:

Before we take a look at what this router can actually do, we'll take a look at the specs and features of this router from D-Link and see what they have to say about it.

Features

  • Optimized Gaming Experience with GameFuel Technology
  • Up to 108Mbps* 802.11g Wireless Connectivity
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Customizable Settings for Games and Applications

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

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