D-Link DGL-4300 Gigabit, Wireless & More!
|D-Link DGL-4300 Gigabit, Wireless & More!|
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|Tools, Status and Conclusion|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cutting-Edge Technology For Today and Tomorrow's Gamers Network
Intimidation Never Looked This Good
Play Your Games, Protect Your Network